Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark has crafted a poignant story about the distances one girl is willing to go in the name of friendship that is at once funny, heartbreaking, and utterly romantic.

Seventeen-year-old Frances wouldn’t describe herself as adventurous. Until now . . .

Frances has one week—while 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, as each item on the F-It List opens Frances up to new adventures, new friends, and possibly even a new romance, it becomes increasingly difficult for Frances to keep the one promise that she knows she absolutely must obey—her promise to not tell anyone the truth about the accident that left Stella broken and angry, and started Frances on her quest to complete the list.

When it comes to friendship, Frances must decide what distances she’s willing to go, and what risks she’s willing to take, for the person she cares about the most.

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 wasn’t focused on the romance, it was about a girl doing something completely amazing for her best friend. It was about the endurance of true friendship through hard times. This book portrayed the love of two best friends so absolutely amazingly. Frances and Stella stole my heart as they soldiered through this together. Because what is a girl without her best friend?
Then there’s the list, a representation of who Stella is, of what Frances is willing to do for her. A list of eleven things that Stella wanted to do on this trip. A list that Frances is willing to complete for her friend, even though she would never willingly choose to do these things.
Overall, a strong book with good writing, great plot, and amazing characters. Five stars.

FOR THE PARENTS –
INTIMACY – Frances sleeps with someone. It is implied, not shown. Mild kissing
DRUGS – Frances drinks because it’s on the list.
CUSSING – Maybe two or three uses of sh**?
VIOLENCE – None?

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