Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Eleven Things I Promised
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eleven Things I Promised “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 after being hit by a car. She could have just cancelled, but instead decided to do stick with it, and complete the list of things Stella wanted to do that summer as well.

The storyline in this was about the bike ride, and the list of things that Frances tried to complete. We got a bit of information about what had happened to Stella, and also a touch of romance, but the pace was quite slow. The list was a bit different to the normal sort of ‘bucket lists’ you find in books though as there was no skinny dipping on there!

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was satisfied with the way things worked out.

6 out of 10

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