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Eleven Things I Promised

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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Frances wouldn’t describe herself as adventurous. She certainly isn’t the kind of person who would sleep under the stars or bleach her hair or have a truly epic kiss. Until now.

For the next week Frances will be away from home, competing in a bike race with friends from her high school. But while her teammates are determined to get first place, Frances ha
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I wouldn’t tell her I had the list or that I was planning to complete it for her – unless and until it turned out well.”




This was a YA contemporary story about a girl taking part in a bike ride for charity.

Frances was a good friend, and it was an honourable thing that she was doing, taking part in the charity bike ride, even when her best friend Stella was unable to go a
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Lucy (That Book Gal)
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not knowing much. I wasn't sure what it was about.When I realized it was about a bike thing, I was very wary.
I loved this book. It was very unique, and I found Frances' journey fascinating.
I loved the writing. It drew me in and held me there until the story was done. The character journey in this book is superb. I loved seeing Frances steadily grow as a character as she did this wonderful, wonderful thing for her friend. That was another thing I loved about this story. It
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Sally
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sports
My kindle battery died on my way to tap on Monday (I got the warning at 98% of my previous book which luckily I managed to finish!) so I swung by the library and just grabbed the first decent looking book I saw for the trip home, which happened to be this one.

And then Tuesday night I stayed up until almost midnight because I just couldn't put it down! Loved it! It's not edge-of-your-seat gripping or anything like that, but it's such a quick read that just flows so nicely that you just don't want
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Lexie Williams
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars, because I thought it was very emotional, but it did not flow well and the dialogue was corny. The book was seemed choppy at times and the writing was only decent. Catherine Clark did choose a strong story to go along with the idea of accepting what has already happened in the past. This book gave a good explanation and some clear imagery of how people must come to terms with things they can no longer fix. I do not plan on reading more of her work though.
Julie
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Malena
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Unnecessary
Catherine Donahue
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Bingo Category- Sharing a Name
Pages- 280

Summary- Frances and Stella are best friends, enjoying their lives as juniors in high school. The year in coming to a close, and they are getting ready to finish the events they've been planning all year. Most importantly, the week long charity bike race and prom shortly after. Unfortunately, after Stella is hit by a car while training for the race, she is severely hurt and unable to race. Frances has never viewed herself as adventurous or athletic, b
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Theresa Maiden
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ya
I liked this book a lot more than I expected to, honestly. I had read the previous reviews, but I have a habit of holding every book like this to Faceless, which I loved.

I enjoyed the fact that the narrator is not the victim herself. It adds a layer of understand-ability to the text. We don't have to "get" the situation of the tragedy through the eyes of the victim, which helps. Being in the eyes of the best friend adds clarity.

I don't know much about biking, but it seemed realistic.

Definitely
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Valeria
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is teenage fiction and even though I am not a teenager I loved this book. It is about a 17 year old girl whose friend is very athletic and then loses her leg in a bike accident. She was in charge of leading a Cure for Cancer bike ride but because of her accident she can no longer do the ride so her friend (who is not athletic) completes it for her and this story is about stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new (or hooking up with old) friends along the way. This was light rea ...more
Emily
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Terra
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I had a hard time relating to the story for the first part of it. I kept thinking that if I were Stella I would be pissed if someone tried to do all those things because I couldn't any more. But other than that the book was pretty okay. It made me wanna go biking, and it was pretty solid all around
Maya
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up at a library spontaneously having never heard of it. Solid, read, more light-hearted than my usual. Not my favorite, but definitely worth having picked it up. It was entertaining. I liked it.
Louisa
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome book! My dad bikes, and has done 1000 kilometer rides, but yeah, it's not something that I could do! Loved reading this book!
Nya
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story is based on a 17 year old girl named Frances who is trying to keep the secret the her bestfriend, Stella, told her of the accident that changed Stella's life forever. I really enjoyed the story, and you can really picture the setting of the story. Frances is away from home competing in a bike race, and she has only one week to complete the ten things on the fix-it list that Stella made, which will make the bike ride outstanding. I think this book would be good for people who likes roma ...more
Joyce
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story of friendship and determination. Stella and Frances are best friends at seventeen, although they are very different. Stella makes things happen and Frances waits for things to happen. When their plans for a fundraiser bike ride encounter a hurdle, they will both have to decide how much their relationship means. Frances will step out of her comfort zone and Stella will have to learn what a real challenge looks like. A great YA coming of age but also a great tale of friendship, commi ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Frances and her best friend Stella have planned to complete a 300+ mile bike ride for charity. Stella is the biker-- Frances is the half-hearted companion who would rather be doing something else. When Stella is hit by a car during a training ride and is unable to make the trip, Frances has to join the group alone. She also has a list of eleven things that Stella has on her "bucket list" that she feels she must do. The biking is hard enough, although Frances is able to keep up, but putting herse ...more
Stacy Sabala
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review- Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

Stella and Frances are best friends. Stella has planned for both of them to go to prom after they have returned from riding in the Cure Childhood Cancer Ride. Stella rode in it last year and has talked Frances into going with her this year. She is doing it for Stella because she wants them to. Frances knows how athletic she is and is ok with how she will do.
Unfortunately plans change. While Frances is shopping for a Prom dress, Stella goes
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

My expectations for Eleven Things I Promised were super duper low. I mean, I’ve read that plot before, and absolutely no one I know has read this book, even though it came out in early April. Eleven Things I Promised turned out to be a little under the radar gem.

The plot on a base level does match that of Since You’ve Been Gone and a handful of other contemporaries, and, if you’re only going to read one, I’d recommend the Matson first. That said, Eleven Things I Promised does feel very
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Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

To be honest, I almost gave up on this when I reached about 25% of the book. I felt like the writing was kind of raw and amateur, and the flow just felt off to me. I decided to continue, however, because it's always been hard for me to put down books just like that.

When I finished the book, I felt glad that I read because the story truly is a good one. It's about coming to terms with the things that happened, about forming new friendships, being the best-est friend ever,
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Liz Friend
From the publisher:
Seventeen-year-old Frances wouldn’t describe herself as adventurous. Until now... Frances has one week—when she’ll be away from home competing in a high school bike race—to do every single thing on the Fix-It List. Ten crazy, totally out-of-character ideas her best friend, Stella, came up with to make the bike ride unforgettable. However, when Stella is in a terrible accident weeks before the beginning of the race, Frances is left to complete the entire list by herself. And, a
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Allison Ludwinski
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was not very happy with this book. I got this book from my library and I was very glad I didn't buy it. It was marked high school. Typically when books are marked high school there is some mature content in it, but I felt that this book would be appropriate for my ten-year-old sister. There was only a short scene that involved alcohol and they mention sex a couple times. I typically expect a book to have a more developed vocabulary that would make it more interesting, but I was let down when I ...more
Lexi Wright
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ya
It was Stella’s idea in the first place for her and Frances to tackle the Cure Childhood Cancer bike ride together. After all, Stella was the athlete, the driven one. She had created the “F(ix)-It List” of 10 wild self-improvement tasks she wanted to check off on the week-long ride. Frances was just planning on letting Stella drag her along, like always. But after Stella’s freak accident, Frances is determined to follow through, alone, on all that Stella had planned, for the sake of their friend ...more
Jen
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eight Things I Promise I liked about this book

- The road trip feel to it. I like when people who wouldn't normally spend time together are forced to.
- The challenge. Frances hadn't trained for the bike trip but she's doing it anyway.
- The determination. It takes determination to stick with difficult things.
- The growth. I love how the characters grow throughout the book.
- The list. Just like l enjoy road trip books, I enjoy list books. Trying to accomplish a bucket list of sorts forces you to do
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Kwoomac
When her best friend has to drop out of a fund raising bike trip, 17 year old Frances decides to go in her place. She also vows to do everything on her friend's to do list for the trip. Frances us not much of a biker and isn't really embraced by the other team members. The story was like The Breakfast Club on wheels. Preconceptions, misunderstandings, and all kinds of teen angst wrapped up in a nice happy ending.
Kalyn
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
An entire book about bicyclists and I didn't yell at it/Frances once. On the contrary, I thought she was endearing and I was cheering her on the entire way. After her friend's terrible accident, Frances embarks on an epic adventure to cross off Stella's bucket list and is enjoyably down-to-earth, a little bit goofy, a little bit underprepared, but has a whole lotta spirit.

I received a digital copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Chris
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
A great contemporary YA novel about a young woman in high school who goes on a bike tour to honor her injured best friend. Just enough romance to satisfy without overwhelming what this book is really about: the meaning of loyalty, discovering who you are, and learning to be a little more comfortable in your own skin. Loved the plot twists. And, of course, the list!
Stas
May 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
DNF

I want my YA characters to sound like young adults, not middle-graders.

IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

This girl has no personality. Mental age around 10 or something.

Even in Prologue this reads like an unfinished unrevised draft.

What even?

SAY "NO!" TO MENTAL TORTURE
ABANDON TERRIBLE BOOK

FINAL VERDICT : AVOID LIKE PLAGUE
Adeline Grace
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be pretty boring and a little immature. The intention was great, but it wasn't planned very well. It kinda felt like the author was just coming up with it as she went and the at about three quarters of the way through she figured out what she wanted to happen. I almost put it down a couple of times. But in the end it wasn't so bad. It was conclusive, so that's good.
Becca
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel drew me in from the start. It manages to beautiful story of a girl willing to do anything for her best friend even if it is outside of her comfort zone mixed with a little romance. A story of a team that will eventually come together for one reason, one person.
Camilla Luong
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quiet, ya
The book didn’t really leave a lasting impact on me. It reminded me of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, but not as fun fun fun!!! A quiet read, I like to call it, filled with daring adventures of the quiet girl. She did some fun things. Yeah, don’t have much to say about this.
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