Alternating with chapters focused on the Tran case are other true stories that may shock readers who prefer to think of Maine as a peaceful place where life is what it should be. This is a book with lots of action, but never the simplified television version of police work. He learns early on that poverty and ignorance are breeding grounds for crime, and that some people have little chance to escape their fate.
Kids growing up in the chaos, moving from filthy apartment to filthy apartment.
The autobiography's publisher, Random House, bills it as "a book about resilience," telling of Biden's "rebound from personal loss, political embarrassment, and life-threatening aneurysms. The Promise is a great book. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. I will make you suffer. One innocent little push caused Rachelle to never be able to walk again.
Kids with welfare moms and prison dads, parents who are too consumed with their own problems or vices or just too distracted to give a damn. I would arrest them and try to help them, only to arrest them a week later for doing the same thing in a different apartment. This is a short book with a big punch. Here at MaineToday Media we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion.
Return to Book Page. Preview — The Promise by Rachelle Friedman. Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck and wa Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. Rachelle broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down.
She would never walk again. The Promise is a powerful memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. On the night of the accident, the five girls made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool--and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a physical battle for her life, her friend struggles emotionally to prevent one moment in time from defining her forever. It's the story of true integrity; it's also about finding the incredible strength inside each of us we never knew we had.
Also a love story, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's relationship, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Promise , please sign up. Lists with This Book. May 15, Madison Calhoun rated it it was amazing Shelves: I won this book from a giveaway on GoodReads thank you! I'm still not quite sure what made me enter the giveaway in the first place, but I'm so glad that I did.
I tend to read a lot of fiction, and while I don't make a point to avoid nonfiction, it's just not something that I pick up very often. When I came across this book, I was intrigued by what happened to Rachelle and I wanted to learn more. The Promise is a great book. It's a story of tragedy, heal I won this book from a giveaway on GoodReads thank you!
It's a story of tragedy, healing, friendship, and love-- plus so much more. There were parts where I teared up and other parts where I laughed out loud. There were even some philosophical chapters that made me stop and think for a while. Overall, this book is so much more than I expected.
It's not just a story of a girl that was in an accident, but about how she triumphed over it and dealt with the consequences as positively as she could. This type of story is very hard to critique. But I still don't slap a five star rating on just any book, even if it's a sad read. The Promise was very powerful and inspirational to me. After reading it, I feel more educated and grateful for what I have in life. I heard John Green say once, about another nonfiction novel, "You feel like a better person just for reading it.
It's not a book begging for sympathy from the reader. Yes, it did make me feel bad for Rachelle. I would have loved to have been able to do something to help her. But that wasn't the focus of the book. Instead, it makes you want to go out and make a change in the world. Or maybe even just do something more in your personal life-- it could be something as simple going for walks more and appreciating the things around you. Most books don't make me feel like this. If something tries too hard to inspire me or to outright make me a better person, it usually just annoys me because it doesn't feel genuine.
Everything in this novel is heartfelt and you can tell that the author is being completely honest. The book still isn't perfect. The writing was good, but not great. The only real issue I had with it was that there was a lot of repetition from time to time. But I try to be a little less critical with memoirs, because the authors aren't usually professional writers.
They write because they have an interesting story to tell, not because its their job to craft and sell books for a living. Also, the repetition wasn't enough to really bother me. I got past it quickly.
There were so many other elements to the story that held my attention to the point that I didn't need to focus too much on the technical side of it. There were also some other times when the writing was really good. Some of the things that Rachelle said hit home to me. I've never dealt with a spinal injury or paralysis, but I still could relate to some of the things that she wrote about.
I loved her viewpoints on the world and I enjoyed reading what she had to say on certain topics. Overall, this is just a really good book. I would definitely recommend it. Nonfiction isn't usually my genre of choice, but this book didn't even read like a memoir. It felt more like I was having a conversation with Rachelle and that was great. The author is such a strong woman. I can't imagine going through what she did and still being so positive. It was cool reading about her family and friends, too. In that situation, it's easy for people to run away when someone is hurt.
Instead, Rachelle's relationships grew stronger and a lot of her friends bonded even more in order to help her. I thought that was awesome. If you're bored or looking for something new to read, you should definitely give this book a try. It was so much more than I expected, and I thought it was fantastic. May 07, M. Koenig rated it it was amazing.
I read this book in one sitting, which I'll admit isn't uncommon for me, but with this book - it was a MUST! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to read about this amazing woman's story. Her strength and spirit is awe-inspiring. The of love she has in her heart for her husband, family, and friends is absolutely incredible. I loved reading this story so much because it was SO powerful. She rose above what happened to her and changed countless people's lives with the message she spreads and shar I read this book in one sitting, which I'll admit isn't uncommon for me, but with this book - it was a MUST!
She rose above what happened to her and changed countless people's lives with the message she spreads and shares by never giving up on the power of love in all types of relationships be it family, friends, or lovers. She is one of those people that changes the world simply by how she leads her life and carries herself. She had me feeling many emotions as I read her words - she made me teary eyed and she made me laugh hysterically. Her strength and courage and fierce belief in love is something we should all strive to have in our own lives. Her spirit is one of those rare ones that is truly a gift for human kind and we are all lucky to have people like her in this world.
I look forward to anything else she writes because her words are truly touching and her positive outlook on life and how she educates those around her is truly amazing. This is a must read for everyone! May 21, Kerry Kenney rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is far outside what I normally read. I confess I was attracted by the cover art and found that the story inside was even better.
Rachelle Friedman is a voice you want in your life. I love her integrity, her approach to her life and cannot say enough good things about this book. It is a remarkable lesson in resilience. I learned so many things and she changed me for the better for having read her story. I wish her the best and wish that she is blessed with medical advances that help her This book is far outside what I normally read. I wish her the best and wish that she is blessed with medical advances that help her recover from her accident.
May 14, Lynne Torgersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was familiar with the story having seen Rachelle on talk shows, but wanted to know more about her and the event that changed the course of her life. What an incredibly strong woman she is and I admire her courage and positive attitude which she had right from the beginning of her tragic accident. I can't even imagine how I'd react if I were in her shoes, perhaps over time I'd accept things and make the best of it.
But to not breakdown or be thinking "why me" right from the get go, is remarkabl I was familiar with the story having seen Rachelle on talk shows, but wanted to know more about her and the event that changed the course of her life. But to not breakdown or be thinking "why me" right from the get go, is remarkable. I wish her and her husband Chris many, many years of happiness.
Apr 30, Kay Gillis rated it it was amazing. I didn't want to put this book down. A true story that touched me. At times I cried, at times I laughed but most of all I was amazed at Rachelle's strength, her determination, her loyalty and her understanding of the meaning of friendship and love.
She tells her story in her own words in her own way, so don't expect anything except a truthful telling of her experiences. Jun 02, Gina M. I couldn't put it down! I would definitely recommend to anybody that enjoys non fiction and likes inspirational stories! May 22, Michelle Allen rated it it was amazing. May 27, Kristen rated it it was amazing. Most of the time I felt like Rachelle was just telling her story, not as a book but in person.
Quite a heartwarming story! Life changing events really make one think of what's important, and how you'd deal with the same problem. May 06, Bri rated it it was amazing. I opened this book and did not stop reading until the very last page, its rare a book captures me so intensely. A true story of love, friendship and strength.
Great message about never taking anything for granted in life, and how important our personal relationships are, but also learning to let go of things we cannot change. Jul 14, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow, was this ever engrossing! I'd read about the author a few years ago, when the news covered the story of how she broke her neck in an accident at her bachelorette party and was left a quadriplegic.
Her name was mentioned on the news again recently, talking about her new memoir, and I was very excited to read her take on the accident, her friendships, her marriage, and day-to-day life in general. While the writing in here may not have been the most "polished" it was obviously very heartfelt. I Wow, was this ever engrossing! I was drawn in almost immediately; the author was such a positive person although she didn't gloss over the hardships and she was very easy to relate to, making her seem almost like a friend.
I loved the descriptions of her relationship with her now-husband and how their relationship changed significantly after her accident, although not necessarily for the worse. This reads, in parts, very much like a love story because of how devoted they are to one another. Her friendships with the four girls around her at her bachelorette party was also nicely described.
It was very obvious why they all got along so well and how close they became. She shared some funny times they had together, both before and after the accident, as well as some really sweet moments, and it was easy to understand why they're so protective of each other. I can't imagine the guilt her friends felt, despite the broken neck being a complete accident, and I can completely understand how all of them felt worse when reading rude comments made by strangers on the internet.
It was really amazing to read about how they all sort of comforted each other while trying to get into the swing of what regular life turned into. This entire book was remarkable. I was amazed by everything Rachelle had to go through after the accident and inspired by how her little victories suddenly seem big. Her message of making the most of each day because you don't know what the next can bring was perfect.
I loved her positive tone because, regardless of how difficult things were, she realized that the situation couldn't be helped but the outcome could. So many great observations about life in here and about people, both good and bad. This book was so powerful and such a wonderful tale of the power of like the subtitle says love, loyalty, and friendship to help one get through hard times.
What an inspiring and touching tale. Jul 10, Brenda Roberson rated it it was amazing. This is the story of a beautiful young woman who in an instant because of a freak accident became quadriplegic. The most important point in Rachelle's story is the positive attitude she held onto and shared with everyone.
Her firm resolve to protect the one who was forced to carry the guilt of the accident speaks of many things: This story deals head on with the perils of being a quadriplegic and also embraces what i This is the story of a beautiful young woman who in an instant because of a freak accident became quadriplegic. This story deals head on with the perils of being a quadriplegic and also embraces what it means to face those demons head on and go on with your life.
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They were all horsing around and having fun. One innocent little push caused Rachelle to never be able to walk again.