FinallyBy:Wendy Mass Julia Bigoness Reading-Roche Finally Period 61-3By Julia Bigoness May 11, 2012
Wendy Mass: Biography .Wendy Mass is the New York Times best selling author of twelve novels for young people.She lives with her family in New Jersey. Some of her books are A Mango-Shaped Space(which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American LibraryAssociation), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a Star, 11Birthdays, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, andFinally. Her most recent books are The Candymakers and 13 Gifts. Wendy wrote thestoryline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled "Mr. Monk Goes to theTheatre," which aired during the shows second season.
Summary.Finally is a book about growing up. Rory wants a lot ofstuff for her 12th birthday. She feels like she is treatedlike a kid so she made a list of things she wanted for herbirthday. When she was on a field trip, she fell into adrainpipe and a lunch lady had to rescue her. She alwaysthinks that it will go her way but actually not. Oneexample of this is her bunny, Kyle. She renames itBunny. She was scared at night because she thought therabbit would kill her at night so she returned the rabbit.A movie was shot in her school so everyone was soexcited. She finally got everything she wanted andnoticed she wanted to live the way she lived them before.
Characters.Main Characters Rory- is very curious, loving, and dramatic. Rory likes to be like the crowd. She will try her best to be like everybody else. She wants to be popular. She think that she is childish so she wants to be like other people. Annabelle- Rory’s best friend. She will stick up for anyone. She is very outgoing and you will never notice when she is having a bad day..Supporting Characters Sawyer- a little boy that is very intelligent that gets into Rory’s business. He is Roy’s brother. Rory’s mom- will help her anytime she needs it. She is very intelligent and sort of shy. She tries to help her children as much as she can to show love.
Plot .Introduction - Meet Rory and Annabelle - Gets stuck in drainpipe - Lunch lady helps - Setting: around school and home .Rising Action - Makes birthday list - Gets a phone but it has a parent tracker on it - When she stayed home alone she got scared - Got IM and worked out well - She shaved her legs and got blood all over her - She couldn’t find makeup - Got pet bunny but she got scared of it - Babysat and worked out well - Got ears pierced but allergic to them - Got contacts but ripped part of her cornea and had to wear an eye patch - Got to go to a boy girl party
Plot Continued .Climax- Movie got to be shot at her school- Loved one of the actors: Jake Harrison .Falling Action- Got a big part in movie- Went to the boy girl party and dropped phone in toiletso she stayed at her friend’s house-Her mom was the lady that helped her out of thedrainpipe .Conclusion- Mom picked her up and she realized it is not what shewants its about what other people need
New Vocabulary1. dutifully- adj. respected or required for one“I hop nimbly around the strewn brochures, then dutifully lie down, not feeling all thattired.” P.432. hysterics- n. a fit of uncontrollable laughter“This sends him into another fit hysterics.” P. 563. complexion- n. a natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin. especially the skin“This will brighten up your sallow complexion.” P. 1584. throbbing- v. to feel or exhibit emotion“I guess now that I think about it,there’s a dull sort of throbbing going on now.” P.2175. imperceptible- adj. very slight, gradual, or subtle“I’ve known her for twelve years, it’s pretty easy to tell by the eye rolls, tight mouth,raised eyebrows, imperceptible nods, or slight upturn of lips.” P. 267
Starring Actors: .Rory played by: Ryan Newman .Annabelle played by: Noah Cyrus
Starring Actors:.Sawyer played by: Jake Short .Rory’s mom played by: Maria Canal
Soundtrack Tunes 1. A scene where Rory needs a wish for her birthday to go well. Airplanes by B.o.B Can we pretend that Airplanes In the night sky Are like shooting stars I could really use a wish right now (wish right now) (wish right now) Can we pretend that Airplanes In the night sky Are like shooting stars I could really use a wish right now (wish right now) (wish right now) [Verse 1 B.o.B] Yeah I could use a dream or a genie or a wish To go back to a place much simpler than this Cause after all the partyin’ and smashin’ and crashin’ And all the glitz and the glam and the fashion And all the pandemonium and all the madness There comes a time where you fade to the blackness And when you’re staring at that phone in your lap And you hoping but them people never call you back
I give Finally a rating of 5 out of 5 starsI gave Finally a rating of five out of five stars because itwas very dramatic. Drama makes a book a lot better. Itseemed like you were in your own little world with asister and a younger brother. The book was also verydescriptive and very realistic. Wendy Mass is veryparticular about things so you know exactly what she istalking about.