Synopses & Reviews
Turning 12 isn't all it's cracked up to be!
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 seconds it will finally happen. Rory's life will officially begin!
Finally is a treata delicious story about fitting in, falling down, and growing up. Wendy Mass has done it again!”Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me
A Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection
Author Wendy Mass captures the frustration of pre-teens as they reach the magical time that allows them to begin experiencing tidbits from the grown-up world. Finally will have readers laughing, nodding in agreement, and sighing in sympathy as they follow Rory's tale of reaching 12.”Teensreadtoo.com
Children will relate to this warm, funny story of a heroine who can't wait to grow up.”School Library Journal
Rory's lively first-person narrative clearly expresses her emotions as she seesaws between longing and fear, confidence and insecurity. The jacket photo will attract tween readers.”Booklist
Rory's chatty, friendly voice and relentless optimism in the face of her many mishaps are heartwarming.”Publishers Weekly
A funny story that will appeal particularly to girls who are just learning what it means to begin growing up.”Rave Reviews Log, blog review
I was either smiling, chuckling, or outright laughing all through this book.”Everead, blog review
Finally is a fast-paced, hilarious novel
Mass captures an authentic 12-year-old here that never once feels forced, too old, or too young.”Stacked, blog review
About the Author
Wendy Mass is the author of the award-winning books for readers A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, LEAP DAY, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, EVERY SOUL A STAR, THE CANDYMAKERS, 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, and the Twice Upon a Time series. She tells people her hobbies are photography and hiking, but they're really collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at www.wendymass.com.