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Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: This book was pretty bad. I honestly think it deserves to be categorized as bad fan fiction. But I digress. This is the lowest rating I’ve ever given, that I can recall, and I have not a single ounce of guilt in saying so.
The characters weren’t believeable, the plot was very weak, and the title of the book is the real kicker. “The Promise of Amazing”? Really? There’s nothing amazing about this promise. As a matter of fact, I feel like I wasted my time.
Wren and Grayson are just so annoying together, as well as separate. I think the author tried to build something worthwhile & genuine between these two, but fell quite short. Wren was a just quiet naive girl and Grayson swept in with all of his problems, and it became your typical, predictable, boy meets girl story. Even the secondary characters were weak.
Wren’s friends were boring and somewhat inauthentic to me. The friendship between them was just off. I didn’t feel like they were good friends, they felt like some people that Wren just happened to know. And Grayson’s friends were just as bad, though we learn why his friends are they way that they are. Luke was an asshole, unnecessarily. He really was just a whiny brat, who pissed in your cereal if he didn’t get his way. And his flavor of the moment, Ava, was just as bad.
The only redeemable characters in this book for me were Brooke, Wren’s sister, and Eben, Wren’s coworker. They seemed like they had decent heads on their shoulders. I actually wanted to learn more about them, as opposed to everyone else. Wren’s parents were background characters at best, and Grayson’s parents were just there. I know that his parents were supposed to paint a deeper picture of Grayson’s life and why he’s the way that he is — but nope. That was a fail, too. You get a tiny glimpse into Grayson’s vulnerability with the hosptial scene, but it was over in like 2 pages.
I couldn’t bring myself to care about ANY of these characters. And I think that’s why I’m so PISSED! I just didn’t care. The only person I wanted to know about was Brooke and that was because she was pregnant (that’s not a spoiler). That’s it. And I know that wasn’t the author’s intention, which allows me to further state that this book was lukewarm and all over the place.
By the end of the book, when it came to Grayson & Wren, I was ready to scream “just break up and be done already!” Nothing is worth how bored I am with this relationship. He lied constantly, for NO reason at all, brought Wren into his web of issues. And Wren bought it. Girl, what? ASK questions. Do not be that girl. Yes, I know they’re teenagers, but I know a lot of girls (and guys) who are more mature about things than these two. It just wasn’t realistic for me. And I felt like everything was being forced to happen. And what made it worse — it was all happening within a plot that was weak to begin with.
I remember by the end of like, chapter 3, Grayson was talking about the “connection” he felt with Wren. What connection? You literally JUST met her, like one paragraph ago. What connection? She uttered ten words to you. I’m confused. I felt like a couple of chapters had been torn out or something. There was just a huge gap in character development. And it made me angry.
This is the harshest review I’ve ever written, but I write so many positive reviews that I feel I need to make sure I’m as honest with the books I don’t like as well.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.