Finally (Willow Falls #2)
I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much! Better than 11 Birthdays. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes - growing up was just like this. And what a great thread running behind the story, not forced or preachy but so wise.
There are a few wincing moments - Rory is always managing to injure herself and you really feel her pain - so it's not for a squeamish young reader. And while Rory has a beautiful simplicity and is courageously independent (at least by the end of the book) the behaviour...more
The story is about Rory Swenson who upon turning twelve has a wish list of things she is now allowed to do and has wanted to do for so long, such as getting a cell phone, drinking coffee,...more
When Rory’s twelfth birthday finally arrives, she anticipates everything she’ll finally be able to do. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned for Rory.
Fans of Wendy Mass’s book...more
Do you remember when your parents used to tell you "wait until you're 12" or "wait until you're 16"? You were, no doubt, just like Rory Swenson and created a list of things you would "someday" be able to do or have. FINALLY, that day has arrived for Rory.
Being 12 means being on the edge of her teen years. Rory can hardly sleep the night before. She's thinking of her list - getting a cell phone, getting her ears pierced, getting a pe...more
Rory Swenson is turning 12 and has a list of things she is looking forward to. She actually has a list of all the things her parents have promised her over the years. "When your twelve" is the constant refrain. But the beginning of the story starts with Rory and her class on a field trip to the town water source. She somehow gets stuck in a drain pipe and gets helped out by an old l...more
And maybe it's because things were different when I turned 12, or because I'm not 12 now . . . I don't know. But I just couldn't feel sorry for this girl and how her life hadn't "begun" when she had a nice family who cared for her, a cute little brother, a couple of friends who were...more
This trimester I read a book called 12 Finally by: Wendy Mass. This book is about a girl who’s parents are a bit over-protective. The girls name is Rory. Rory had been asking her parents for things since she had learned to talk and they always said “when your twelve”. Now Rory is finally turning twelve and she pulls out her list of things her parents told her she could do when she was twelve. This book takes place in Willow Falls, its actually pretty close to Chicago. The characters int he boo...more
Have you ever asked your parents for something, and every time they say they will get it for you someday? Well meet Rory Swenson. Rory is like any typical sixth grader, she just wants to fit in so badly that she could pretty much do anything. Whenever she asks her parents for something, they always say, "Wait until you turn twelve." Over the years, Rory has put together a LARGE list of all the things that her parents said they will get her when sh...more
Rory Swenson is hours away from turning 12....more
Except that everything she's ever wanted manages to go horribly, horribly wrong in the funniest ways possible. FINALLY had me laughing out loud over and over again. It's written in that fantastic, trademark Mass voice -- the on...more
I love Rory's kind heart and attention to detail. She makes a great character role model, and has strong parents too.
This is one that will undoubtedly be a kid favorite. After Eli reads it, I have a couple other kids in mind to share it with.
I think it would also make...more
Okay, if you were a fan of that book, forget this one. Yes, they're both similar in some ways, but this one was actually fun to read, and sooooo much better! Meanwhile, if you put this into comparison with Teen Idol, and if you actually look at it, there's only one tiny similarity:
1) A famous actor/movie-star comes to their school
Yes, that'd be it. So, let's move on:
1) Rory is a girl with more imagination
2) Rory has more of a "fun" perspec...more
There's a movie being filmed at her school at the hottest teen actors are there. Except everything Rory does or wants to do doesn't exactly turn out right. And what do Leo and Amanda (of