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Finally: A Wish Novel (Willow Falls #2)

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Get a cell phone. Stay home alone. Go to the mall with best friend and No Parents. Wear makeup. Get contact lenses. Attend a boy-girl party. Rory Swenson has been waiting her whole life to turn twelve. And she's got a list to prove it. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, "When you're twelve . . ." Well, in exactly, 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 se ...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2010)
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Jan 25, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband smiles as he hears the ruckus coming from my daughter’s room. She and I are lying on her bed, howling with laughter, tears running down our faces. And so it was every night as I read Finally by Wendy Mass to my 8 year-old daughter. Needless to say, we have become instant fans of this new to us author.

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,
Clare Cannon
Nov 21, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 08-12yrs

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
Mar 26, 2012 Dolores rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I was really disappointed with this one. I liked "11 Birthdays" and loved "Every Soul a Star" so I expected to like this one too. Not so much. First of all, I didn't really think that the items on Rory's list were especially ambitious. I am an overprotective parent. Her parents were whack-jobs. Okay, whatever. They set their parameters and they stuck to them. I can accept that. However. You don't go from helicopter parent to totally cutting your kid loose overnight just because she turns 1 ...more
I'm a fan of Wendy Mass, but unfortunately, her talents seem to have gone to waste here. The whole book was an uncomfortably heavy-handed lesson about how selfish teenagers can be and how they need to learn to appreciate life's core values. The main character, Rory, got reward after reward for her twelfth birthday, and every single one was ruined in the most contrived way possible. Never once was it stated why wanting these things was so bad. Sure, her wishes were materialistic, but since she di ...more
Lainey E.
Mar 11, 2014 Lainey E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Rory is turning twelve and in her eleven years she made a list of things her parents promised her she could do when she turned twelve. On her birthday she gave a presentation to her parents about each thing on the list and how important it was to her. At Rory's school her best friend Annabelle told her that the famous teenage movie star was going to star in a movie that was shooting at their school. Annabelle and Rory tried out for extras and made it! The whole week Rory's mom decided to
Apr 27, 2016 Jasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gahhh. This, like most Wendy Mass books made me want to laugh and bang my head against the wall in turns. I of course refrained from doing either because my brothers already think that there's something wrong with my head. I wanted to bang my head against the wall because of ALL OF THE RIDICULOUS THINGS THAT SHE PUT HERSELF THROUGH. And I wanted to laugh because of all of the ridiculous PICKLES she got in because of all of the RIDICULOUS SITUATIONS she put herself through. Also, the girl that Ro ...more
Aug 08, 2013 Georgia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wendy-mass
The fact that our main character in this book was so much like me that it made the book all the more enjoy able.

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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

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
Feb 17, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rory Swenson has been waiting forever to turn twelve. It feels like that's the year she'll finally be able to do everything she's been waiting for. Buying a cell phone...getting her ears pierced...going to a boy-girl party. She's about to have everything she's ever wanted.

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
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Jul 05, 2010 NewFranklin School rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ms-patterson
I had loved 11 Birthdays and so was especially disappointed with this pseudo-sequel (really, pretty much a completely independent story). Much of it takes place in a mall, following the main character who has finally turned 12 and will now get to do a whole list of things her family said she had to wait until she was 12 to do - like get a pet, get her ears pierced, etc (all activities that are accomplished by going to the mall, pretty much). Her list is lame, her parents are lame, and there are ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Jaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Hopefully you will have read my review of 11 Birthdays, the first book in the Willow Falls series, before reading this review. I am reviewing all four of the books in the series because I started rereading all of them when I was recovering from wrist surgery (side note: physical therapy is going well!). While I love the first book, I haven't actually purchased it yet. I don't really know why, but I've always just thought that if I wanted t
Kerry Cerra
Aug 25, 2010 Kerry Cerra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
Rory wants to be 12 like yesterday because her utterly-overprotective parents will FINALLY let her shave her legs, drink coffee, wear make-up, get a pet, go to boy-girl parties, and best of all, get her a cell phone. When the big day finally arrives, Rory makes a chart filled with all her deepest desires and proudly displays it in the living room. Tired of being blah and boring, Rory is set on standing out a little more. When news that teen heart-throb Jake Harrison will be filming a movie at Ro ...more
May 04, 2010 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's sad to admit, but I couldn't get through this book. It bored me to tears. The pacing was too slow, I mean come on Wendy-- ten whole pages stuck in a drainage pipe?! Ten pages! Who has the patience for this?

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
Jul 27, 2011 Han rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally was a good first. It was funny, and made me feel less accident prone, hahaha. But the book took a turn. This book was written for 11 and 12 year old girls, obviously, since the book is about a 12 year old girl. My 11 year old sister got this book at her school, I started reading it, and got interested so I read through the whole book. The last chapter of the book has the girl going to one of her classmate's birthday party, where they all secretly (when their parents went inside ...more
Tori M.
Jun 04, 2015 Tori M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really good. It has a serious of unfortunate events. This book kept the reader's on their feet. The book was somewhat suspenseful to see what was going to happen next. I recommend for people to read this book.
Michiko Nakazawa
I liked the first book of this series, "11 birthdays" better than this one.
Sep 17, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. Poor Rory made me laugh out loud in parts of this story. It was really funny and a good story. The ending was a little sudden, but still very unique and cool. All of the connections were like "Ah-ha!" I have read the other two books in this series and I am secretly hoping another book will come out soon (hint, hint Wendy Mass...) Overall, this was a really good book.
May 17, 2010 Lorettasophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book exceedingly. It is so fun and hilarious. Overall full of laughs! Rory is a main charectr I can sympazize with. I like it how she is clumsy and awkward, plus she is just natuarally a walking disatser! Every twist and turn makes you want to keep reading. I also like how it shows you that the little things you do to help people make a differance in the world. I could read this over and over!!!!
Ashley Koeman
Oct 13, 2015 Ashley Koeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book about a girl and how she is trying to finish doing every thing on her list of things to get or do when she turns 11!!!!!
Sydney Miller
Nov 13, 2014 Sydney Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Finally by Wendy Mass. The story took place in Willow Falls and was about a girl who just turned twelve and had a list of things to do but she runs in to a lot of problems while completing these things. The main character in this book is Rory. The characters in this book seem really realistic because they have human traits. I think Rory is a realistic character because she does a lot of the things I do such as, go to the mall, text her friends all the time, and go to parties . In ...more
I really enjoyed this book because its all about a girls birthday. This book is funny because the main girl has many birthday problems, which most are super funny.
Lauren Asuncion
Sep 21, 2015 Lauren Asuncion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Finally by Wendy Mass is humorous and easy to relate to. I can relate to the main character in this story, Rory, because she has waited her whole life to turn twelve, and I've waited my whole life to turn thirteen. I believe that the book being so easy to relate to is a major strength of the book. The writing in this book is easy to understand which makes it a great read for all ages. Even if you are not the same age of the characters, the humor, irony, and playfulness of this book is e ...more
im am reading this very goodddbut i dont feel like finishing
Madison Zavala-johnson
Finally 12 by Wendy Mass is about a girl by the name of Rory who wants to be 12 like yesterday because her utterly over protective parents will finally let her shave her legs, drink coffee, wear makeup, get a pet, go to boy girl parties, and best of all get a cell phone. When the big day finally arrives, Rory makes a chart filled with all her deepest desires and proudly displays it in the living room. Tired of being blah and boring, Rory is set on standing out a little more. I rate this book a 4 ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta
Rory Swenson just can't catch a break. She has been waiting for what seems like forever for her 12th birthday. According to her parents rules, that is the magical age when she is finally able to partake in many formerly forbidden activities such as wearing contact lenses, getting a pet, owning a cell phone, piercing her ears, and staying home alone. Now that the day has finally come, she finds that growing up isn't as satisfying as she imagined. She is completely unprepared for the minor disaste ...more
Jennifer Fou
Mar 09, 2014 Jennifer Fou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wendy mass’s novel, Finally, is set in a small town called Willow Falls where the main character, Rory, turns 12 and has a whole list of things that she wants and will be able to do, but not everything goes as planned because she realizes that’s it’s not easy handling the responsibility that comes with the things she desires. Right after Rory and her dad walked out of the cell phone store in the mall, Rory realizes she lost her phone already. When she is trusted to stay home alone, she becomes s ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a girl who if she ever wanted something like a phone or a pet or to get her ears pierced that her parents would always say when your twleve well FINALLY then day comes its her twleve birthday and she make list over the years of ever thing she wanted when she turned twleve and now its time were that list comes true. This story reminds me of me cause there are so many things that I want and i am twleve i want a cell phone too but my mom says when i graduatat 8th grade i think ...more
Mar 01, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books, teen
Mass returns to Willow Falls, the setting of 11 Birthdays. This time it is Rory’s turn to have a birthday and she is finally turning twelve. Her entire life her parents have told her that she could do things when she turned twelve. She can have a pet, shave her legs, go to a girl/boy party, have a cell phone, get her ears pierced, and much more. But hours before her birthday, she finds herself stuck in a drainpipe and rescued by a little old lady who has surprising strength. That women tells her ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Elizabethcd96 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 16, 2012 706sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
This book was very cute. It really showed me what twelve year old can be like, it was funny. But it also told me a life long lesson: you don't need things to make you happy, you need people. The main character was turning 12 and she made a list of what she wanted, because when she was younger and she wanted things her parents said she could have it when she was twelve. All the things she asked for she remembered and made a list of all the things. Once she turned 12 some of the things on her list ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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