The Promise of Amazing
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top ...more
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-So Melanie, I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions towards Robin Constantine’s YA debut, The Promise of Amazing. What did you think of it?
*grumble* Lying piece of poop. Amazing my ass! What is it with the world? People break promises… and now book titles are breaking them?! *grumble grumble*[image error]
-I take it you were not pleased with what you got. It ...more
This will be short and I'll let the characters tell you why I had some problems.
The girl, Wren has, some issues. I mean, like the blurb said: she's average.
"Maddie (her friend) had her hair down, pencil in hand. It looked like she was taking notes too, but I could tell she was sketching. I hoped I wasn't her subject this time, because the look on my face was anything but pretty"
And the guy is a delinquent who tosses hot dogs in the air for a show because HE IS MATURE LIKE THAT. ONCE they saw ...more
The Promise of Amazing was one of my most anticipated books. That cover alone screams; Adorable, read me! But at last, I just couldn't love this one.
Our story begins with Wren Caswell who is an average shy girl that wants a bigger life, but doesn't think that she can actually have one. Her family owns a reception hall called the Camelot and it's there that she unexpectedly saved the life of a boy who was chocking. Grayson Barrett. Thus begins a very rushed and somewhat confusing relatio ...more
Honest and captivating young adult story. The Promise of Amazing is a book you should not miss - it reminded me of all the reasons why I love realistic, contemporary young adult novels so much. Where new adult goes more along a line of cliche romance, young adult combines story about growing up, making difficult choices, falling in love and realizing that nothing is set in the stars. Robin Constantine managed to include all of those in debut novel.
Expectations, insec ...more
AFTER: This was a nice, heart-warming, learned-your-lesson type of book. While the storyline doesn't differ too much from your typical shy-girl-meets-the-hot-player, Constantine delivered a pretty good story about Grayson's past and his attempts to change.
My qualms about this book is that Grayson and Wren didn't fully sound like "real" characters to me.
I get that having been caught and temporarily losing who he thought were his friends made Grayson try to change his ways. ...more
I loved the alternating viewpoints of Wren and Grayson. Wren is the quiet student, looking for change, and Grayson is the social troublemaker in, you guessed it, a heap of trouble. I really am glad that they each had their own distinct voice, as I hate it whe ...more
For me the attraction between Grays ...more
Cutesy romances being held back by conflicts are sweet and enjoyable only as long as they don't stray too far from the adorability factor. I was not comfortable reading Th ...more
Grayson Barrett had a good life until he messed it all up by being expelled from college after being caught charging people for test answers. Grayson is now back home and pretty unhappy. But when Wren and Grayson met after Wren saves Grayson’s life, the two find that they are attracted to one another and soon ...more
Did I enjoy it?
Did I find it a genuinely good book?
Would I recommend it to my friends?
But...The book's called 'The Promise of Amazing' - and did I get that? Well, read on to find out.
Any time I checked off the reasons to avoid him, I'd picture him in front of school, leaning against his faded car. Hands in pockets, swoon-worthy grin, deep brown eyes full of the promise of amazing
Wren and Grays ...more
I am absolutely drowning in indecision. Did I like The Promise of Amazing ? Was it only okay? UGH! I don't know!!
I started out on excellent terms with The Promise of Amazing. I thought Wren was funny, had a great personality, and I could completely relate to her.
The NHS evaluation made [being quiet] sound like a character flaw. Something I could improve. That's just not how it worked.
YES YES YES! Agreed! Some people just aren't loud and chatty. Some people ...more
A little bit Cruel Intentions, and a little bit Pretty in Pink, Robin Constantine’s debut novel The Promise of Amazing introduces us to Wren Caswell and Grayson Barrett, two kids searching out the answer to one question: who am I?
As the summary says, Wren Caswell is average. She’s never thought of herself as anything special. She’s the youngest of three, and the middle of her class. But one chance meeting—involving cocktail weenies, of all things—changes all of that forever after she sa ...more
Look at that cover!
Oh, how I want to join those two fresh-faced teenagers in their tiny little love bubble. I want to giggle and be generally adorable with them. I want him to call her “short stuff” and her to tease him about his awkward lankiness and the fact that he’s ugly in the same way as Paul Dano, and then I want to squee as they touch their frosty noses together.
And the premise–girl working in her family’s Medieval Times-style banquet hall falls in love with a boy after saving ...more
The only thing amazing about this book is its beautiful cover, everything else is pretty much the opposite. The Promise of Amazing is not so amazing after all, so don't get your hopes up with this book and disregard the title.
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My main issue with The Promise of Amazing is the characters, and how I didn't feel connected to either of them as a result of the stupid instalove. We barely got the chance to get t ...more
I loved how they met, and the kind of character Grayson was- but it was ultimately unbelievable. I guess people don't usually read these kinds of books b/c it's "realistic" per se, but it has to make sense. I just couldn't get past Gr ...more
I wasn't able to connect with the two main characters, couldn't see what they saw in one other, and just didn't feel the plot heading anywhere I wanted to go. I would LOVE to read the story that t ...more
The Promise of Amazing promised amazing things. ZING. I had to get that out of the way. I just had to. Now that we've gotten the title pun in here, let's see... did it deliver on its promise? Tragically, no. But I won't say that this book was completely terrible either. I mean, it has a pretty cover. Look at that! Ain't it purty?
If one enters this book in the right mood, it can be quite enjoyable. Let me clarify what I mean. When I started reading The Promise of Amazing, I was desperate ...more
Wren was a great character. I found her to be real, down-to-earth and relatable. There’s a big thing in the beginning where Wren talks about being quiet – how being quiet is not a conscious protest, nor a character flaw that can be fixed. As someone ...more
Its an underrated YA which deserves all the attention for every YA Contemporary fan out there.
Blurb : It's a story which starts with the girl saving the guy from dying (literally and figuratively). It's about two people their own problems and how they end up helping each other. The girl is tired of everyone considering her quiet. And the guy , well lets just say his last school suspendef him because he had opened up a flourishing business of tradi ...more
So, I went in, ignoring reviews for this.
A friendship that leads to something more. All because Wren saves Grayson's life.
I liked the moments where Wren was working at Camelot, hanging with her best friends, confiding in them, Grayson wanting to get to know Wren and change his ways, character development for the two as the story goes along, etc.
Oh and later on in the book, they communicate at least. Thanks for that ...more
Full review to come
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a dow ...more
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