Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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After her twelfth birthday, Rory checks off a list of things she is finally allowed to do, but unexpected consequences interfere with her involvement in the movie being shot at her school, while a weird prediction starts to make sense.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545052436
Branch Call Number: MASS
Characteristics: 296 p.


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Nov 05, 2018

It's a really good book. This really sounds mean, but I loved reading about all of Rory's problems. They're so funny. If you think that you got bad luck, read this book. Trust me, Rory has it worse. If you like this book, I recommend Addie Bell's shortcut to growing up by Jessica Brody. I liked that one so much I bought copy. ❤❤❤😁

Jul 23, 2018

Finally is one of my favorite books! Already read it 4 times!!!!

Oct 19, 2017

The long yearned age of 12 for Rory comes with many new freedoms, according to her parents. When she finally turns 12, she can’t wait to take advantage of everything she wasn’t allowed to do before, like get a cellphone and a pet. But being 12 isn’t as good as it seems, something Rory finds out a tad too soon. Wendy Mass gives us a immensely realistic and funny reminder of what it was like to be a tween. Overall, Finally by Wendy Mass is a hilarious, honest, and amusing book that is 100% worth the read. @WordfulReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Finally by Wendy Mass is such an amazing book that conveys an incredibly important message to young teens about not trying to grow up too fast. This novel follows the story of Rory, a young teen who is just so excited to finally be able to do grown up things like get her ears pierced, shave her legs, get a cellphone, etc. But she soon realizes that it’s really not as fabulous as she thought it would be. This book is a real page-turner, as it is funny, witty, and extremely relatable. I would rate it 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 11, 2016

Good book, the characters are really awesome!

Sep 03, 2015

you should have first read 11 birthdays first cause then you'll understand all the background that's why there are series just a suggestion i would like to give you not trying to be rude ;)

Jun 11, 2015

Great book!!!

I love this book! I'm on Chapter 13 and I stay up late and wake up early just to finish it

Sep 13, 2014

I like LOVE wendy mass shes like sooo awesome

Aug 05, 2014

actually Emily_10 there are 4 books in the series, the 3 you just named and The Last Present.

Aug 02, 2014

I think it is weird at some point , it was an ok book .

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Jun 11, 2015

"You won't get anything you want, Rory Swenson, until you see what you need."

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Dec 08, 2012

'In four hours and fifty-three minutes,the clock on my bright yellow wall will strike midnight.Jupiter will align with Mars.And I will finally be twelve years old.'

Yavril Aug 21, 2012

"...I wish I had saved one of those wishes because, if I had, I wouldn't be stuck in this drainpipe right now. Yes, drainpipe." Rory Swenson


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Mar 10, 2011

Mass revisits Willow Falls (the setting of 11 Birthdays ) for this entertaining treatment of the weeks following Rory Swenson's eagerly anticipated 12th birthday. Upon turning 12, Rory begins working through a list of fervent wishes she's been compiling since she was seven: owning a cellphone, going to the mall without parents, and getting her ears pierced, to name a few. Each wish's fulfillment, however, is predictably accompanied by a minor disaster (an allergic reaction to a gold stud, an unusually aggressive pet bunny). The plot is bolstered by the filming of a movie at Rory's school, starring the “coolest, hottest fourteen-year-old boy in this or any other universe,” with students playing extras. Angelina, the wizened, ageless seer of 11 Birthdays , appears to Rory early on with a prophetic warning, “You won't get what you want... until you see what you need,” but Rory's wishes are trivial enough to make the final scene of self-discovery fall flat. Though long on page count, the book feels slight, but Rory's chatty, friendly voice and relentless optimism in the face of her many mishaps are heartwarming.


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