The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
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. (Goodreads)
Wren saves Grayson Barrett’s life one night while working at her family’s Arthurian-themed restaurant (I know!). In saving him from choking she changes his life forever. Grayson is a kid whose been on the wrong path and who, while he’s been trying to change his ways, has had trouble escaping his past. Wren is that perfect good girl who could honestly use a little excitement in her life. The two could not be more opposite.
Grayson is drawn to Wren. And Wren to Grayson, though she has trouble completely trusting him because she knows how different they are, she recognizes that guys as popular as Gray don’t normally go for girls like her. But he’s in it for real. Grayson sees something in Wren. He wants to be different for her; he wants his past to be gone–but he struggles because he has friends pulling him in the other direction, threatening to out him to the world and to Wren.
I liked this book. I had an opportunity, through my blogging group The Selective Collective, to really see it from so many angles, but I hadn’t taken the time to review it. And I think this one deserves some attention.
While this isn’t necessarily a book that will change your life–it’s not even a situation you haven’t heard before (the bad boy and the good girl) I think the story itself, the characters and their vulnerability, are charming. I liked the Grayson had a past–a pretty bad one–because I love the idea of him finding someone he wanted to change for, not to make her like him, but to be worthy of her. Wren was sweet and pretty innocent and I related to the trepidation she felt with Grayson, this uncertainty that haunted her at first because she couldn’tt really see herself and see what a great girl she was. I also thought the author did a great job with both characters’ backgrounds and family life. Grayson particularly had some family drama (divorced parents who were both remarried, his own struggle to have a relationship with a mom he felt abandoned him).
This is a cute read. And yes, I’m a sucker for a bad boy, but I think most people are. I’m not sure what the allure is, but Grayson definitely has it and the chemistry he and Wren has is good. It’s believable and fun.
Crush Intensity: 3.75/5
Where’d I Get It: ARC from Harper Collins