- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062279484
- ISBN-13: 978-0062279484
- ASIN: 0062279483
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
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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:
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:
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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
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I decided to read this book because I have been reading a lot of series and trilogies lately. I wanted a light stand-alone novel to plow through at the end of the month to keep me on my reading goal. Now I will say I bought this book because it reminded me of myself. I was the quiet girl in school, didn't have many friends, and had decent grades but due to some subjects that I struggled in, they weren't as high as I would have wanted. Since I was the quiet girl, I was over looked a lot mainly because I caused no trouble and was never in the spotlight. I just kind of floated through those years. My boyfriend was a bit of a trouble maker and was always out with his friends, so I feel like Grayson is somewhat like him too. So I had to have this book.
I have heard from quite a few people that this book wasn't very good, for me it was the opposite. I really enjoyed it and spent the last couple days pouring through the pages. I didn't expect to finish it in about a day, but that is exactly how it happened. I had to keep reading. There is so much drama that goes on in this book that you have to keep reading. It isn't the annoying type of drama though. It is more caused by two different lifestyles coming together and having to find a way to mesh together to make it work.
I loved watching the two characters, Wren and Grayson, change along the way. They both were finding out who they were and changing things in their lives to finally feel like they belong. Wren wants to not be the quiet girl anymore, she wants to come out of the shell she had built around herself. Grayson is trying to get rid of the past that has been haunting him for months. He wants to be good enough for college and also Wren.
The book is mainly set in their small town near Staten Island. It goes between school, the Camelot (The property Wren's parents own), Grayson's car, and a few other places here or there. I like that you were able to picture things as they happened. Some books are hard for me to do that, but the author does a wonderful job of detail for you to read.
I think this book had a perfect amount of everything. I recommend it to anyone that was quiet growing up so you can relate to it more, but I also think anyone could really enjoy this story and love it. I was able to finish the book with a smile and wish I could follow their lives some more.
About half way through this book I got the sinking feeling that this was going to turn into all the other less than stellar YA romance books with blackmail, jealous girls and fistfights. Well I got the combination down but thankfully it wasn’t a been-there-read-that plot. It was refreshing to see characters that easily came clean with their past wrongdoings and people giving the benefit of the doubt. Of course that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and sunshine in Wren and Grayson’s world. They overcame some major obstacles at the cost of respect and friendship.
At times I couldn’t really relate with the characters because it felt like I was reading a New Adult book (which would have been relatable) but the things these characters went through at such a younger age than me sort of through me for a loop when I was reading it. I realize it’s different for each reader and some of you might have felt a closer connection to Wren than me so I can’t really count my experience against the book. I think if I was to closely relate to any character it would have been Jazz. She seems so innocent and inexperienced. She doesn’t dress outrageous and the only time she talks about a dreamy boy/man is when she’s quoting life lessons from 80’s Romance movies. (The Princess Bride is a great romance movie so Jazz obviously has great taste.)
There was this instant connection between Grayson and Wren and even though both characters had severe insta-love syndrome the way they played it off and actually admitted being in love so quickly was not the best made me agree that sometimes it happens but at least it wasn’t glorified like in other YA books.
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I have to say, the plot was really good but at times very far-fetched. I can’t imagine a group of a 15/16 year old going around seducing women and stealing from them. I mean the author never really says what age Grayson is but it’s perceived he is older than Wren and we are talking the robbing/seducing started a year before they met. I can also admit that yes today’s youth is much different from when I was a teenager, there being almost 9 years between me and the main character can easily cause this inability to connect.
Overall I enjoyed it and read this one in two sittings. It was a short read but I like that about contemporaries. I can’t really say I would be willing to read it again since I’m generally like that with standalone contemporaries.