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The Promise of Amazing

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
on December 31st 2013
Pages: 371

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but 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, on a 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 when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. 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.

Guys. This book was such a let down for me. One of the biggest ones I’ve had. Ever.  I had been anticipating it, and admiring the cover for quite some time. I’m really disappointed.


The book didn’t pick up for me until about page 284. I found myself reading it but finding reasons often to put it down. It couldn’t hold my attention like I hoped it would. It took me almost DOUBLE the amount of time it should have taken to finish. It was an easy read, it was just lacking. By the point I hit the page it got exciting, I was so close to the end that I didn’t want to stop reading. It is one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read.

I didn’t find Wren to be the soft and quiet character she was made out to be. She wasn’t believable to me at all. To me, she seemed like the complete opposite.

I found the age of these teenagers to be off for this book. I know of my 16 year old daughter told me she took a guy to be alone in a ‘love shack’ that shit would hit the fan. Her parents brushed off the incident at the Camelot far too quickly. She had told them right to their faces, and there was no reaction. ( This also goes back to the point where I don’t believe she was the quiet girl. ) Yes, I am aware that kids do have relations at that age, but I still just don’t feel good about it.



The cover had drawn me in but I feel like the two people on the cover are nothing like the characters in the book. Not one bit. They almost look too innocent to be a representation of the story or the characters. This actually bothers me quite a bit. When I look at an amazing cover, I hope it matches or gives me an idea of what I am getting into when I pick up a book. The romance part of it was on point, but the people were not. ( This may seem minor to some people, but it bothers me. )

 Needless to say, I hated this book. I don’t plan on recommending this to my friends. It wasn’t enjoyable to me in the slightest.

Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Ely @ Tea & Titles

    Firstly, I seriously adore your book photography. Can I steal some of your talent away from you? Please and thank you! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the book though. I honestly haven’t heard the greatest things about it, but that cover is so cute! You’ve definitely got yourself a new follower though 🙂


    January 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply

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