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Eleven

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  290 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Published (first published August 15th 2010)
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2 Kathryn B
Eleven was about an eleven year old girl named Rachel and it is her birthday. She is at school and her teacher is wondering who left their sweater in the classroom for this long. Someone said that it is Rachel's but it is not really hers and she tries to tell the teacher that it is not but the teacher dose not care. Then after the teacher gives it to her she moves it to the very tip of the corner and the teacher gets mad and tells her to put it on so then she does and she starts crying because s ...more
Demi (Breaking Bookshelves)
This short story was a powerful read in my point of view, and I absolutely loved it. It's quick and easy to get through, filled with a symbolism that can shoot over one's head. To me, it is a story that can either be taken at face-value or interpreted subjectively.

I've never thought about birthdays in the way it is described here. I never thought about growing up in such a poignant and beautiful way, never thought about all the pretending we do and how at every stage of our life we wish we were
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Lafcadio
Aug 21, 2014 Lafcadio rated it really liked it
Shelves: released, glitter
If you can't understand why the main character is crying, then lucky you; you have never felt like she did. Or maybe you're so far removed from your eleven year old self that you can't remember ever having felt that way. Again, lucky you.

Not being believed. Not even being allowed to explain. Being accused of forgetfulness and bad taste and smelling like cottage cheese, and then being publicly reprimanded by an authority figure, in front of your peers, for denying all of the above. On your birthd
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Tina Cousins
Jun 23, 2014 Tina Cousins rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant read, everyone I know has felt like this, I have felt like this at some points in my young life and even nowadays I feel this way. When people ask me how old I am, I have to concentrate and pause a little too long to remember how old I am, for I keep thinking I am 26 or 27, but in actuality I am 31, though I am overly playful for my age I often act like a 9yr old. I think everybody feels like this, I think no one is actually the age that they feel they are - some people c ...more
Hà Linh
Jan 05, 2015 Hà Linh rated it it was amazing
"And maybe one day when you're all grown up maybe you will need to cry like if you're three, and it's okay."
Rachel Jackson
Jun 25, 2014 Rachel Jackson rated it really liked it
Sandra Cisneros describes birthdays like I've never heard before in Eleven:
What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one. And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t. You open your eyes and everything’s just like yesterday, only it’s today. And you don’t feel eleven at all. You feel like you’re
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Catherine
Nov 07, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it
I read this short story in English and it was pretty interesting.
Abdel Rahman
Oct 21, 2014 Abdel Rahman is currently reading it
eleven is such as a vey nice story aout rachel and i liked it
BookwormJayde
Apr 15, 2013 BookwormJayde rated it really liked it
I quite liked Eleven. Rachel is a girl with a lot of thoughts, and she really feels. I like how the author described her thoughts on birthdays, using similes like a band-aid box, an onion, and one of those special dolls that fit inside one another. I think that the author really understands unfairness. Overall, not a bad short story.
 2 Asha E
Sep 25, 2012 2 Asha E rated it liked it
It is a good story to do short reports on because it is an easy to understand book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has to do a short essay (even if it is just a practice one) because it is a quick read and has an interesting plot.
2 Colin B
Sep 25, 2012 2 Colin B rated it liked it
I thought it was a good story. The only thing I didn't like was how the teacher reacted to everything. The writer could have made the teacher act a little more positive. But overall, it was a good book.
Karen
Jun 30, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I loved this short story. Even though it is written from the perspective of an eleven year old, it resonates with me as an adult. Sometimes those feelings occur at any age!
Hailypanda
Sep 12, 2014 Hailypanda rated it it was amazing
I read this short story in school; we had to write a short paragraph about the theme. I read the story many times and it was amazing.

This story is about Rachael, a girl who is turning eleven when this story takes place. In class, her teacher, I forgot the teacher's name, pulls out an old red sweater. The sweater has been in the classroom for a while and she is commanding someone to claim it. A girl in class says it was Rachael's, signaling that the teacher favors someone else. She forces Rachael
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Luia
May 14, 2013 Luia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Nutshell: a must read if you ever need to get in touch with your inner child
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The story has influenced multiple projects of mine through the years. I read it for the first time when I was pretty young and subsequently had many chance encounters with it (if you can have encounters with a story), and it’s always resonated with me.

I love the way Cisneros writes, with all the hesitations and limitations of a newly-eleven-year-old girl struggling with the injustices that eleven-year-olds face. It st
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Athena
Jun 06, 2014 Athena rated it liked it
And then people wonder why much weightage is give to birthdays and the years that roll by. This story makes you question a lot of things and perhaps gives you a better sense of judgement on society in one of the earliest relationships one makes. The interpretation of this one is myriad...most of which are not comforting. But then again, depends entirely on which side of the cake you are on.
Arielle
Jun 30, 2014 Arielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2014
Although I am only a month away from my 20th birthday and like to think I am wise beyond my years, there are times I feel just like the little girl in this story. Yes I will be 20, but I am also 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, etc. We all have moments of strength and weakness. That is what makes us human.
2 Ryan W
Oct 16, 2012 2 Ryan W rated it did not like it
I disliked it. A bland story of a girl who is turning 11, but her teacher is making her put on a sweater that isn't hers. Also, the sweater smells bad. Rachel for some reason becomes a big baby at that point, crying and blubbering like a 1 year old. It doesn't make sense how she acts so mature at the beginning, talking about birthdays, but then she starts crying, actually not crying, BAWLING, because Mrs. Price, her teacher, made her put on a sweater. You're 11 years old, Rachel, so act like it. ...more
Madeleine Clelland
Jun 16, 2014 Madeleine Clelland rated it it was amazing
Simply delightful. It brought me right back to the day when I wouldn't stop fiddling with my winnie-the-pooh whistle on a blue rope even after the teacher had told me not to. Not because I was being defiant, but simply because I was busy being nine...
Alberte Faergemann
Sep 09, 2015 Alberte Faergemann rated it really liked it
A great little novella about age and how we all take the years with us as we grow older. A fun and something I want to come back too in a few years.
"The way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree trunk"
Esraa
Feb 05, 2016 Esraa rated it really liked it
Like that part when you are eleven you're not just eleven
you are eleven , ten , nine , eight , seven , six , five , four , three , two and one at the same time
you're carrying all these ages inside you all the time !
Kat
Jan 19, 2016 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Such short stories can be straight to the point, despite their size. Straight to the subconsciousness. Loved it.
Euan Davies
Feb 01, 2016 Euan Davies rated it it was amazing
Was a very emotional story which has a certain mood which the writer has managed to capture
Soheil
Oct 31, 2014 Soheil rated it it was amazing
it is a good story
Aisha Lopez durieux
very good
 1 Ryan
Oct 16, 2012 1 Ryan rated it did not like it
It was not good at all and VERY short. You know what it's about, but here it is again: Pretty much it was about a girl named Rachel who turned 11 on what she probably thought as the most miserable day in her life. It was because she was forced to put on an old sweaty sweater that in the end wasn't hers. I thought that the part when Rachel was forced to put on the sweater was mean, but when someone said the sweater was hers the teacher didn't apologize. But it just didn't have enough detail and w ...more
Gianna
Sep 30, 2014 Gianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gg
great
Muhammad Nusair
Jun 25, 2014 Muhammad Nusair rated it liked it
Very neat.
Hannah
Dec 19, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
This short-story is the most inspiring and mood lifting story I've read in a while. It makes you feel better about yourself, even if it's just a little bit. It touches the eleven year old in yourselve that still believes in small words.
 2 Rachel T
Sep 25, 2012 2 Rachel T rated it it was ok
Review-Eleven is about a girl named Rachel who is turning 11. However she does not feel like she is 11. She thinks that when you turn 11 you are also 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. Then it shows this by telling the reader her emotions when she is faced with a conflict. To me this book was not very intreging.
Recommendation-I would recommend this book to people who are interested in emotions. This book talks about the diffret emotions you have when you are eleven.
Jaimarie Frost nelson
Jun 27, 2013 Jaimarie Frost nelson rated it really liked it
In this well written short story Ms. Cisneros reminds us that we are a compilation of all our experiences and ages. We want to be older, wiser, know the right thing to do, but find ourselves returning to what we know, what comes easy. Rachel is not eleven enough to stand up to Mrs. Price. Not eleven enough to hold back the three year old inside that can help but sob. Hindsight is 20/20 comes to my mind. How many experiences have we had like this one?
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Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short ...more
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