Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing

Wren is a sixteen year old girl who attends a private all girls school.  She has two best friends, Jazz and Maddie, and works part time at her family's catering hall, the Camelot.  She is the quiet, studious type that never gets into trouble.  Immediately this was something I could relate to.  I also went to an all girls school and primarily hung out with two girls with similar personalities.

Grayson (Gray) was recently expelled from the all boy's school, St. Gabe's, for writing and selling term papers to other students.  He is smart, popular, and was the star of the varsity lacrosse team.  Attending the public school without his friends or a lacrosse team is a wake up call for him.  He no longer wants to be involved in the illegal activities his private school friends were involved in, but they will not let him walk away.  

One of the running jokes within the catering operation is who gets to serve the mini hot dogs.  While working a wedding, Wren landed this undesirable tray and went about her job of distributing them to the guest.  This is where she meets Grayson.  He is hanging out with a group of friends and proceeds to make fun of the "weenie girl".  It was all fun and games until Gray choked on one of the weenies and Wren had to give him the Heimlich maneuver.  From this point on there is an undeniable attraction between the two, but their road to happiness is not an easy one.  

I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I will leave the description at that.  Overall, I enjoyed the story.  I loved both of the main characters, but I found Gray's old friends to be extremely frustrating.    Luke is a self centered bully and Andy is a spineless pothead.  Every time they worked themselves into the story, I had to stop reading.  I understand that conflict is needed within a story, but Luke caused WAY more than his fair share.  

I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.  I think a few more date nights and a little less of Luke would have helped to balance out my frustration level.

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