Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Up and Coming: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Release Date: December 31, 2013

Wren's parents own The Camelot Hall where everyone wants to get married, or have their anniversary. It's pretty, it's full of picturesque spots to pose with your bridal party and it's a place that Wren knows like the back of her hand. While Wren's classmates are grabbing jobs at the mall or filling their plates with extra curriculars, Wren is working events, serving mini pigs in blankets. But, it's starting to feel like Wren's treading water, doing the same thing with no big plans for what she's supposed to do after she graduates. That is, until she saves a boy from choking on appetizers.

Grayson is starting over. New school, none of his old friends, new chance to not screw up. When Wren saves him from death by mini dough wrapped hot dog, it's basically confirmation that this is Grayson's second chance. But, when his old life starts to intrude on his new one, will he be able to hold on to the his chance at something different?

This book had me thinking about it a long time after I finished it. It's a novel with a lot of twists and turns. As a reader, you definitely think you know where it is going when you start- shy girl meets a boy with a past? That seems like a plot that I know, but then things start moving fast and furious and this book does not take you where you think it's going to go at all. I loved that! I liked that Grayson was dropped into Wren's romantic comedy from a MUCH grittier story, that's what makes this interesting and unique. Wren doesn't know who Grayson is and neither do we, the readers, and that's very realistic, we only know as much as he's willing to say.

I really liked that this was sort of an anti-love-at-first-sight romance. I mean, granted, Wren's first glance at Grayson is memorable, but definitely not romantic! But seriously, what's interesting here is what happens when they each get to know what's behind the public version of the other, do they actually like the person they really are? As teens try on a lot of different public personas, this felt like a very real thing for a relationship to have to overcome.

This is Robin Constantine's debut and I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for what's next from her.

More to Read:

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Up and Coming: Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

12 Things to Do Before you Crash and Burn by James Proimos

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