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The Promise Of Amazing

by Robin Constantine

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 19, 2013 | Hardcover

The Promise Of Amazing is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she''s not popular, not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet good girl who''s always done what she''s supposed to-only now, in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change but doesn''t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe''s: star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, and on the fast track to a brilliant future-until he was expelled for being a "term-paper pimp." Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change but doesn''t know how.

One fateful night, their paths cross at Wren''s family''s Arthurian-themed catering hall. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are-and falling in love.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1.3 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062279483

ISBN - 13: 9780062279484

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty average Wren is an average teenager girl saddled with the label of being 'quiet'. Grayson is a guy who fell from being on top. Both of them want to change but they don't know how. They're from completely different circles but their paths end up crossing at a party hosted at Wren's family's catering hall, where she happened to be working the night Grayson choked on a cocktail hotdog. This book is one of those cases where I both related to and liked one main character a lot more than the other. Wren is a girl who is in the middle of her class, is quiet, and has no idea what she wants to do after high school. She brought me right back to high school stress and invisibility. Grayson I had a hard time connecting with. Or, really, more like a hard time feeling for. It just felt like the consequences for his bad actions slid right off him, he was forgiven so much and so fast he must have had a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover on him. Having a hard time liking Grayson made it hard to enjoy the chapters from his POV. The writing was really good and pretty addicting. It was fun and humorous and showed a lot of promise. If I ignore how easily everything came through for Grayson, I liked a lot of the plot. Two different people looking to change who they are, or really discover who they are, meeting and becoming fascinated with each other after a memorable event. It's right out of a chick flick, and I have a weakness for those movies. I wouldn't call it insta-love but there's definitely instant fascination, which in this case I can understand it happening. I wish there had been more of Wren figuring out how she is and what she wants to do without Grayson being involved. It's such a common high school student problem to not know what to do after graduation and feeling like you have to do something. It's one of the main reasons I found Wren so easy to relate to. Overall, I think I would have liked this book a lot more if I had liked Grayson more, most of the issues I had came from him. I just had a hard time seeing why he deserves so many chances when he kept blowing them. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like All the Others... This was your average typical chick-lit love story. I wanted more from it, but it never came. I've read many stories like this before, where you think something big is going to happen, but it never does. I got frustrated with this. :/ If you're new to reading chick-lit teen books, give this a try. But, if you've read as many as I have, then don't give it a try. That's basically all I can say. Wren wasn't as quiet as her family told her as, she was more loud than Grayson. I didn't find the chemistry very interesting, but you know, you can see something in there.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Contemporary Contemporary Romance can be amazing in the YA genre. There are so many different stories to tell and ways to tell them, and I just the freedom that its allows for authors. The Promise of Amazing was just that. A promise of something amazing. And I have to say, although I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loved contemporary, it was not amazing in my eyes. I loved the premise, that a young girl, meets a young boy and they fall in love, but a secrets threatens to tear them apart. And I think, for me, it was this secret that threw me off. I just did not believe it as much as I wanted to. The fact that he kept this secret was one thing, that was believable and that made sense to me, but it was what he was keeping a secret that threw me off. It seemed petty and a little understated in the novel. In my opinion what he did was more serious then the book let on, and I think that was part of the issue for me. Another issue I had was Wren;s reaction to the secret and how that all played out. I thought again it was understated and needed to be fleshed out a little bit more. I think I wanted more screaming and venting on her part then I got. But other than that... What I loved about this book was that there were two narrators, both Wren and Grayson got a chance to speak their peace, and i loved that I got to see both perspectives on the same story. Both of these characters were real, flawed and amazing. They seemed like genuine teenagers, with over sensitive emotions and the ability to fall in love quickly and hard. This book also explores the idea of giving penance for the wrongs you have done, and it is that message that made me give this review 4 stars. The fact that these two characters, who both made horrible choices over the coarse of the book, were able to step back and realize what they did and rectify it. That I found to be a very redeeming quality in this book. A strong contemporary read.
Date published: 2014-06-17

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The Promise Of Amazing

by Robin Constantine

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1.3 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062279483

ISBN - 13: 9780062279484

From the Publisher

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she''s not popular, not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet good girl who''s always done what she''s supposed to-only now, in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change but doesn''t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe''s: star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, and on the fast track to a brilliant future-until he was expelled for being a "term-paper pimp." Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change but doesn''t know how.

One fateful night, their paths cross at Wren''s family''s Arthurian-themed catering hall. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are-and falling in love.

Editorial Reviews

"Enjoyable and sometimes surprising.for readers who like a little more heft than the average teen romance novel." (School Library Journal)
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