Thursday, January 9, 2014

BOOKANISTAS: The Promise of Amazing

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.

It's no surprise that I enjoyed the heck out of this book. I mean, did you read that description? It pretty much screams JESS BOOK! I love me a good romance between an unlikely guy and girl!

I think my favorite part of this book is Grayson. And not because he's so swoonworthy. It's sort of the opposite, actually. I mean, he's hot and all, but the boy is a wreck. Not only did he get kicked out of school for selling term papers, but he has an even worse secret he's hiding and BOY is it despicable. I loved that about him, though! I love flawed characters and characters who have made huge mistakes and characters who do terrible things over and over again. That's why I liked Grayson...I thought, dang, this guy is real, and I like that.

(I did recently read a book with a very flawed boy and I pretty much hated him...that's another story, and I have a theory as to why that is.)

There's a lot of humor in this book (cocktail weenie choking! Arthurian-themed catering hall!) and there's also a lot of swoon. Plus there are boys behaving (oh so) badly in the mix, just to keep you on your toes. 

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  1. I'm so glad your recommending this one today because I was looking forward to it, but it wasn't getting stellar ratings. I'll definitely have to make sure to check this one out! :-)

  2. This looks great. I love flawed characters, too. Thanks Jessica!

  3. Well, now I REALLY want to read this. And I'm curious about your theory regarding that flawed character you hated... :-)

  4. I think I know which flawed character you hated and like Katy, totally curious now :-)
    I picked up this book based on your review and I AM IN LOVE with it too! I´m almost done with it and well...have a total crush on a certain boy.