“Rory Swenson has been waiting her whole life to turn 12. Finally, she'll be allowed to stay up late, go shopping with friends, and experiment with makeup. As all Rory's plans go hilariously awry, this comic romp reminds us to be careful what we wish for.”
— Erin Cooper, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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!
About the Author
Wendy Mass is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, 13 GIFTS, THE LAST PRESENT, and the Twice Upon a Time series: RAPUNZEL, THE ONE WITH ALL THE HAIR; SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE ONE WHO TOOK THE REALLY LONG NAP; and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T RUN AWAY; as well as A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, LEAP DAY, EVERY SOUL A STAR, and THE CANDYMAKERS. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
“Finally is a treat–a 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