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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062279483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062279484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Promise of Amazing Quiz - Which ’80s rom-com is your love life?

Wren was a good girl. Gray was a player. Until she saved his life.

Grab the popcorn and peanut M&Ms! Wren and her friend Jazz know that sometimes a cheesy . . . er, classic . . . ’80s rom-com is just what you need to cure anything that’s bringing you down. Take this quiz and find out which ’80s rom-com is your love life!

Then read about the one fateful night Wren’s and Gray’s paths cross, and the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale that follows in Robin Constantine’s The Promise of Amazing.

1. Your personal style:

a. Practical.

b. Trendy.

c. Quirky.

d. Feminine.

2. Karaoke time! What song are you belting out?

a. “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” from Oklahoma!

b. “Happy Birthday” by the Beatles

c. “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD)

d. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

3. Your most embarrassing moment was when:

a. You ran into your ex and you hadn’t showered, you had circles under your eyes, and you weren’t prepared to seem him/her AT ALL!

b. You sent a gossipy text about your crush to your crush instead of to your best friend.

c. You broke up with your significant other in the middle of school and caused a little scene.

d. You showed up to a party extremely overdressed. You looked like a princess but everyone stared!

4. Your favorite physical feature of a crush is:

a. Hair

b. Arms

c. Lips

d. Eyes

5. Where do you stand on the age-old question “Can men and women be friends?”

a. No way. They think they can, but someone always falls for the other person.

b. Maybe. You could never imagine falling for any of your friends.

c. Yes, definitely. And sometimes, friends of the opposite sex are the most important friends.

d. Probably not, because if you really thought about it, your friend wouldn’t be the worst person to fall in love with.

6. Your favorite TV show is:

a. The Carrie Diaries

b. Anything on Bravo

c. Sons of Anarchy

d. Downton Abbey


If you answered mostly A’s . . .

When Harry Met Sally

The peanut butter to your jelly. The yin to your yang. The ice cream to your pie. On the side, though, of course. You fall in love with your best friend. For you, the best relationships are those rooted in friendship. Tread carefully however, because once you cross the line from friends to more than friends, it’s difficult to go back.

If you answered mostly B’s . . .

Sixteen Candles

You tend to like someone you barely know, but you’re sure is your perfect soul mate. Go after that hottie! If you never at least try and talk to the dreamboat you see on the subway every day, you’ll never know if he or she is the one for you. Be careful that you don’t place your crush on too high a pedestal without knowing more about him or her. Often, getting to know someone is the best part!

If you answered mostly C’s . . .

Pretty in Pink

You prefer your quirky crew to large groups of people, you’d rather carve your own way then go with the flow, and you’re proud to be you. But you have fallen for the complete opposite of yourself in every way.

If you answered mostly Ds . . .

Say Anything

Extravagant dates, surprise presents, and an overwhelming amount of likes on all your Instagram posts—music to your ears. Cupid tends to strike out of nowhere with you and though you didn’t know someone a month ago, you now can’t imagine life without him or her.

The Promise of Amazing - “Ultimate New Jersey Playlist”

There are so many incredible performers from the Garden State that I didn’t know where to begin—but tying their music in with some of the themes and situations in The Promise of Amazing narrowed it down quite a bit. The following is just a sampling of the amazing musical offerings from my home state!

1. “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi (Sayreville, New Jersey)

“It’s My Life” is an anthem for when you feel like no one understands you—which is exactly how Wren feels as the book opens. It’s about listening to your inner voice, standing up for who you are and what you believe in.

2. “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang (Jersey City, New Jersey)

This song reminds me of my job as a catering waitress. It was the first song the band played after cocktail hour, and wedding guests always crowded the dance floor. The Camelot band would definitely have this on their set list!

3. “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

I imagine “Teenagers” to be the kind of song Grayson loses himself in when he’s down in his basement pounding out his frustration on the drums.

4. “Maybe Tonight” by Nicole Atkins (Neptune, New Jersey)

This is the perfect mood music as Wren pages through her brother’s yearbook to stalk . . . um . . . piece together information . . . on Grayson. Wren knows Grayson might not be the best person to get involved with, but she can’t help but be fascinated by him.

5. “Close to You” by the Early November (Hammonton, New Jersey)

Grayson’s attempts to charm Wren keep failing to bring them together yet he’s determined to keep trying. This song captures Grayson’s struggle to get beyond his past so he and Wren can be together.

6. “One Way or Another” by Blondie (Hawthorne, New Jersey)

The perfect song for Andy’s party—where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda.

7. “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra (Hoboken, New Jersey)

A classic. This is the song that’s playing when Grayson tucks a flower behind Wren’s ear and she decides to take matters into her own hands.

8. “Because the Night” by Patti Smith (Woodbury, New Jersey)

Sexiest. Song. Ever. Wren and Gray in Guinevere’s Cottage. Need I say more?

9. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill (South Orange, New Jersey)

Ah, young love. You know when you can’t get enough of each other? And you know how it can’t be that intense for that long, but it’s so great while it lasts? Yes, that.

10. “Only a Memory” by the Smithereens (Carteret/Scotch Plains, New Jersey)

Grayson’s past finally catches up to him. That hopeless feeling when you know it’s your fault and all you can do is watch as everything slips through your fingers.

11. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen (Freehold, New Jersey)

This song epitomizes the restlessness of being stuck in a small town that “rips the bones from your back.” It’s Luke going to Princeton, and what he means when he tells Grayson he’s “getting outta here, for good.”

12. “Having a Party” by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (Ocean Grove, New Jersey)

This song conveys the joyfulness at the end of the novel, when everything is fine—even if it’s just for a night.

From Booklist

When Wren Caswell performs the Heimlich maneuver on a gorgeous guest at the wedding where she is a waitress, she has no idea she is forever changing the course of her high-school trajectory. “Since the night I saved him, I’d felt a magnetic pull toward Grayson so strong, it scared me,” she says, and that feeling is remarkably intuitive, because Grayson Barrett is as gregarious as Wren is reserved; he is as socially heralded as she is overlooked; and his past is as shady as hers is flawless. Recently expelled for running a term-paper scam, Grayson is trying to shed his devious past as Wren wrestles to overcome being pigeonholed as just plain average. But is getting tangled up in a relationship with Grayson—and the mistakes of his past—the best way for Wren to forge an identity of her own? In her lively debut novel, Constantine unveils two authentic characters who discover that they not only have a hand in scripting how they’re perceived but also who they become. Grades 9-12. --Lexi Walters Wright

More About the Author

Robin Constantine is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved south so she could wear flip-flops year-round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. The Promise of Amazing is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

I loved that the story was told in the alternate character point of view.
It ends with having no consequences for him, which felt a little wrong as much as I liked him!
Danny Bookworm
Ugh I really really wanted to like this book but it just wasn't working for me.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janice (Rabidreading) on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Gems. The first thing most of us think of when we hear that word is precious stones. Sapphires, rubies, emeralds, diamonds. But there are different kinds of gems, and for readers, they can be far more precious and valuable than jewelry or sparkly things. A good book that transports you, excites you, makes you laugh and smile and feel all sorts of delicious feels - that is my definition of a gem, and I certainly found one in The Promise of Amazing.

The book's title is, indeed, a promise, and one author Robin Constantine more than keeps. Wren and Gray's story is superbly written and so darn engrossing, I couldn't put it down. Heck, I was even reluctant to tear myself away for food and bathroom breaks, that's how into it this book I was! Pretty much says it all, don't you think? ;)

The story is written in dual POV's, which is always a huge treat for me. I have insane love for DPOV books, especially when they are done right (as this one very much is!). I didn't even need to be told at the start of each chapter whose POV I was reading, because Wren and Gray's voices were so distinct, there was no way I could confuse them. And the transition between POV's was flawless. Not a single bump in the road. The entire book was that way, in fact, from the descriptions to the dialogue to the drama and romance. Everything just...flowed.

Wren's POV kicks off the book, and as much as I loved Gray (oh, how I loved Gray!), I'm kinda glad Wren got her hooks into me first. There's a very girl-next-door vibe about her that I found highly appealing. She's good (but not goody-two-shoes), sweet (but not sugary), and so adorable at times that you'll wish she was real so you could give her a big, squishy hug. It's no wonder Gray fell under her spell after she saved him. The girl is magic, folks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara @ Forever 17 Books on January 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What I expected from The Promise of Amazing is just what the title implies, the promise of something amazing. With a cute cover and adorable sounding love story in the synopsis, I could not wait to read this one. Unfortunately my love for the book stops there.

I apologize if this review is semi-spoilery but to talk about what didn’t work for me it’s going to be. The point of view switches between our two main characters, Wren and Grayson. I wish I could say this worked but it didn’t. At the very beginning I liked Wren, the quiet girl, because well that’s me. She’s often doesn’t know how to speak up and isn’t quite sure what she wants out of life. Those traits were very relatable. But as the story progressed she lost me. Her back and forth with Grayson was incredibly annoying. There is nothing wrong with indecision but she took it to a whole level of naivety that made me want to slap her. Grayson was a mess. I like bad boys and ones you can watch grow and mature but I didn’t find many redeemable qualities about Grayson. And there was no swooning at all! I tried to root for him but he made it so difficult with stupid decision after stupid decision. With a lack of connection to both characters, I found it hard to enjoy the story. But I must say I was determined to find something great and I kept reading on, hoping the end would be the big payoff. It didn’t happen.

Okay this is the spoilery part because I have to discuss how pissy this part of the book made me. Wren is a little iffy on Grayson at first. She is very attracted to him but has some reservations when something is revealed to make her question if she wants someone like that in her life. Good for her. Unbeknownst to her, there is so much more she doesn’t know about. Things that are much, much worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLW VINE VOICE on February 25, 2014
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This sounded like a cute premise, but I was disappointed. I was never invested in the characters because I never really started to like them. The heroine was just okay, but I really disliked Grayson. I have read lots of anti-heroes who I ended up falling in love with, not this time. He is immature and sometimes heartless. He really has no redeeming qualities. A hero is kind of make or break for me. That aspect spoiled this whole novel.

Another reviewer suggested this for middle school aged kids, but I would have to say no. There are issues and language that I would not want to encourage younger YA readers to experience just yet. I may be a prude, but there it is.

Overall, I did not absolutely hate this novel, but it was close.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on December 31, 2013
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

What I Liked:

I'd say that the beginning, the first part of this novel, was truly the only part that I really enjoyed. You know why? Because Wren and Grayson had not met yet. It wasn't mushy gushy and self-pitying yet. You know what book this one reminded me of? The Infinite Moment of Us, by Lauren Myracle. Go check out my review for that one. You'll notice similarities.

This book begins by introducing us to each character, separately. This book is split into Wren's perspective, and Grayson's perspective. I like this.
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