Book Review: Eleven Things I Promised

August 25, 2017


At 17, Frances has never been the adventurous type, like her best friend Stella. However, everything changes when Stella is in an accident and unable to participate in the Cure Childhood Cancer Ride, a five-day bicycle race from Maine to Boston. As if bicycling wasn’t enough, Frances promises herself to complete 10 adventures on the trip that Stella wanted them to do together. But as Frances struggles along her journey, she finds the hardest promise to keep is the one promise that might break her and her best friend apart.


Author Catherine Clark weaves a tale about trying new things and the discoveries we often make when stepping out of our comfort zone. As Frances complete each item on Stella’s list, she learns something new about herself and opens the door to new friendships alone the way. Although not an adventure book, Eleven Things I Promised quietly takes us on an inward journey of discovering who we are and learning who others are around us.


In many ways, writing takes us on this journey. Through our characters, we are able to step into the shoes of someone else, understand their thoughts, struggle with their fears. But through this journey, we also discover a piece of who we are inside. We make a promise beyond our own comfort zone when we decide to write it down.


What has limited your writing? How will you push beyond your comfort zone in writing this week?


Be sure to check out Eleven Things I Promised at your local library.


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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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