Finally, You're 12 Years Old

Growing up is not as easy as it seems

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Author: Wendy Mass
Publisher/Date Released: Scholastic Press; March 1, 2010
Number of Pages: 306 (Hardcover)
Reading Level: ages 9 to 12

Finally by Wendy Mass is about an 11-year-old girl named Rory Swenson who has always fantasized about the day she would "finally" become 12 years old.

Rory has a checklist of the goals and exciting things she can do when she's 12. Her parents promised her that when she's 12 she can stay home alone, get a pet, buy a cell phone, pierce her ears, shave her legs, attend a boy/girl party, and SO much more.

When the day finally comes, Rory soon learns that completing her checklist isn't going to be as easy as she thought. Her initial attempts result in bandages on her legs, an eye patch, and a big fright!

Once I started reading this book, I began to think of Rory as an actual person. Wendy Mass made the main character seem like any other 12-year-old girl excited to try new things and wanting to grow up as fast as possible. I could really relate to her and her dreams.

All the characters in the book are believable, and I began to feel like I was part of the Swenson family.

I stayed completely engrossed in the story, although sometimes the action could be a bit slow in coming. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, especially people who are 11 years old!


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