the promise of amazing; a review

The Promise of Amazing, By Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing, By Robin Constantine

Book 8/50

So, here was my day:

8:45 am: Rode on subway, started to read Robin Constantine’s The Promise of Amazing (meaning I was introduced to the two main characters, Grayson and Wren).

8:57 am: Finished my subway ride, walked across the street to work. Happy with how the first few pages of TPOA went. I had needed something easy and uplifting for the morning commute.

9 am – 9 pm: Worked.

9 pm -10 pm: Went to the gym (picked up where I left off in TPoA to read on elliptical. Made a mental note to check IMDB in a year’s time, as I predict that The Promise of Amazing will be listed as a film In Production.

10 pm -11 pm: Headed home, made a quick dinner, read a page of TPoA here and there, and packed for Florida. Ian got home shortly after me.

11 pm  -2:30 am: Continued and completed The Promise of Amazing.

2:31 am: Successfully found a new favourite YA author to add to my list. 🙂

2:32 am: Slept.

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The purpose of this detailed schedule was to show you how, even after a long day of work, I couldn’t put down this dreamy, witty, and sweet YA romance. After my last book (Atwood’s dystopic, dark adventure, The Handmaid’s Tale,) I needed something light hearted and in the demo I write for (once again), so the late Dec 2013 released The Promise of Amazing was a perfect selection.

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It was at about 2:20 am when I said to myself ‘I only have a few chapters left, so I could just save them for tomorrow…’ and that’s also about the time I stumbled across a Veronica Mars reference in the book. (And if you know me, you know I am addicted to VM and most of which she stands for). At that point I laughed to myself, knew I couldn’t put it down after the mention of my favourite teenage heroine/sleuth, and powered through to the finish line, at which point my eyes were red rimmed and burning from exhaustion. I, however, could sleep easy knowing I had just completed an adorable tale of teenage love, lust, drama and hormones.

Lastly, I’ve got to say bravo. Constantine accurately depicts both the male and female YA perspective and inner voice, leaving the reader wanting more (which is something I felt Roth really struggled with in Allegiantas one of my many frustrations with the book).This shift from male to female voice is something that often comes across confusing and/or forced for many YA authors; Roth isn’t the only one. But Constantine has Grayson (male) and Wren (female) down pat, and their characters, sharp dialogue and inner monologue send the reader cheering for the seemingly mismatched couple and wanting more.

That’s all I’ll say on this one… just go read it.

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