I’m so excited to for what I have for you guys today. The year before last, I read this little novel with an adorable cover and an interesting title. It was The Promise Of Amazing by Robin Constantine and it was near perfect. Things only got better when I read the companion to it, The Secrets Of Attraction. Here for you today, I have an excerpt from TSOA and I hope you enjoy it!
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.
Madison Pryce thinks she’s got everything figured out—she’s working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie’s life upside down.
Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse’s band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
“Ava, come on, stop being a dance Nazi. It’s a success. Enjoy it,” Madison said, pulling me along. “And Wren wants to dance with her boyfriend, no one cares about cupcakes!”
Ava opened her mouth to say something but then just shook her head and almost…almost smiled before walking into the cafeteria. Did that mean? I was in the clear. Madison held onto my hand, leading me down a narrow, darkened hallway toward the pounding thrum of the band. People were coming and going through the hall, like an ant tunnel, but she held onto me, looking over her shoulder once and saying something I couldn’t hear. It was hot and loud, I gripped her hand a little tighter. We finally made it to a door that opened to the gym.
The gym floor was thick with people in front of the stage dancing to a craptastic version of What I Like About You. Kenny was breathless as he sang — probably from jumping around the stage like an idiot. We wove our way through the mob, stage lights flashing red and green and purple over the crowd. Madison stopped to chat with a few people, then held the camera in one hand over the mass of heads and started snapping random pictures. The flash made my vision spotty. We made it to the far wall where she finally let go of my hand.
“So are they friends of yours?” she yelled, gesturing to the band and rocking a little to the beat.
“Not really – that’s our old drummer. Just checking out the competition.” I yelled back. She nodded. The gym was less crowded than it appeared from up front. Most of the people were toward the stage, with a few stragglers hanging around the perimeter of the room. Tanner was still MIA. I checked my phone. Nothing.
“Hey I’m going to find my date. You okay?” Madison asked.
I wouldn’t have minded hanging out with her some more, but yelling at each other over the music wasn’t exactly the perfect situation to get to know someone. Oh, yeah, and the fact that she was here with someone made the whole thing a bit inconvenient.
“Yeah, thanks for helping me.”
“You still owe me that chai.” She waved as she walked off into the crowd. What guy would be idiot enough to let her out of his sight at a dance?
Wasn’t that awesome? Trust me, if you liked that, you’ll love the rest of the book. Be sure to check out Pandor’s Books, Bookish Things & More, & The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club to see the other excerpts they posted. They are all wonderful.
Robin Constantine is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved south so she could wear flip-flops year-round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. Visit her at http://robinconstantine.com/ and on Twitter: @RConstantine14.