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(Willow Falls #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  17,865 ratings  ·  1,254 reviews
A humorous look at what it means to FINALLY turn twelve years old.

You can pierce your ears when you're twelve. You can go to the mall with your friends when you're twelve. You can babysit little Timmy next door when you're twelve. You can get a cell phone when you're twelve. Hey, you can even ride in the front passenger-side seat when you're twelve.

When you're twelve, when
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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,
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Clare Cannon
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 behavio
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.
Jan 24, 2014 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
Annah Stevenson
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Kristen Harvey
Finally is a part of the Willow Falls series, but the character from the first book 11 Birthdays are background characters you don't interact with too much until the end. Rory is having a bit of a hard time and just when her school is being a part of a teenage film - she ends up cast as an extra but all sorts of things start going wrong - she has an allergic reaction to gold earrings, natural make up and her new pet bunny is trying to kill her.

I really love the message of these books and the li
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I write middle grade novels and consequently my editor recommended this to me. She said she thought there werr similarities. At first I didn't agree but as the book progressed there were more and more parts that reminded me of my book.
I feel encouraged as I seek representation because I feel certain that the same kids that enjoy Finally will also enjoy True Colors.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
finally finished it!
Jaina Rose
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Georgia Mechalke
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kerry Cerra
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tori M.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 added it
haha i read this like 4 years ago or something and didn't even know it was the 2nd book in a series; it's the only one i read whoops ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally was a great book with the classic lesson, don't rush to grow up. Have fun while it lasts because when you grow up later, you might realize it's not fun being older and you wish you were younger but like they say, there's no turning back now. I would recommend this book to any good reader who loves an interesting story and I'm excited to read more from Wendy Mass! Amazing Book :) ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
Wow. That was quite a ride. This pretty much explains what every twelve year old girl wants to do. Our main character wants to: shave her legs, have a cell phone, get a makeover, and wants to shop without her mother breathing on her every step of the way. Which I think is ridiculous but I guess that's how some twelve year olds think nowadays. This was so much fun I loved every. Single. Moment. I loved how the characters from the previous book met up with one another. Oh and there's also a myster ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
im am reading this very goodddbut i dont feel like finishing
Michiko Nakazawa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked the first book of this series, "11 birthdays" better than this one. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
12 Finally by Wendy Mass is a very girly realistic fiction book. This book is based on an 11 year old girl named Rory Swenson who is turning 12. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, “When you’re twelve” Rory made a list of what she wants for her birthday: getting a cell phone, getting her ears pierced, getting a pet, and getting to go to her first boy/girl party. When Rory wakes up on her special day, she opens it to find a cell phone, but not the one she's dreamed of. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a mind blowing ending. The beginning was a bit boring, but I got much more exciting along the way. I recommend this book to girls 11-13. Reading this just as I turned 12 made it very relatable. It was fun to hear about someone else’s experience turning a new age and being aloud to do/have more privileges.
I didn't like this one as much because I felt like the main character and her friends were kind of... Mean? they did figure it out at the very end of the book, but I was constantly cringing when all they could think about was how they looked. this is not a book I would recommend to any of my friends. ...more
Heidi Lil' Chip
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this book! It's really funny, which helps because it doesn't really have an actual plot. You just follow her trying to do all of the things on her list and stuff but I think that's okay. Sometimes it's just nice reading about regular life without anything odd happening...unless you count her bad luck! 😂 ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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