With a title like The Promise of Amazing, one would assume amazing things in store for the reader, unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to its title. Perhaps this is an unfair judgement akin to “judging a book by its cover,” yet don’t we often pick up a book based on its cover/title? It’s basic marketing strategy to suck potential readers in through an appealing exterior presence. So, when I say I was a bit disappointed by the lack of “amazing” in this novel, I temper it by saying perhaps if it hadn’t promised to be amazing, I wouldn’t have judged it so non-amazing.
Here’s the deal, I really liked Wren and Grayson a lot, but there wasn’t anything really all that new or interesting about them. Wren is this very average, very quiet, wallflower type. She’s been “type-cast” by friends and family as “the good kid” or “the quiet one” but she wants to break free from the box everyone’s put her in. Then there’s Grayson, “the bad boy” or “the troubled kid with the heart of gold.” He has a past that’s not all that pretty and wants to start fresh. They meet under interesting circumstances and fall in love VERY quickly. Sometimes that happens so that’s ok, but it’s rather cliche and their story is rather formulaic–lots of stuff happens to try to stand in their way, but “love conquers all.” Do you get where I’m going with this? Cliches and plot devices are fine if you put a new spin on them, however there just wasn’t a whole lot of unique material here. Everything felt very average.
The plot and pacing were good and the writing style was relatively engaging, but nothing really blew my mind or stood out to me as all that amazing. I did like the character growth a lot. There was a very natural progression there which made for some truly fun dialogue and led to a nice wrap up to the love story at the end. There were also some fun and intriguing secondary characters and a really interesting subtext. However, the resolution of the main conflict left me sort of flinching and feeling a little let down that certain aspects weren’t resolved in a very satisfying way.
Overall, while this story is cute and entertaining and moderately interesting, it falls quite a bit short of amazing.