13 Gifts (Willow Falls) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 210 user ratings

" I loved this book because it all comes together in a very suprising way.Wendy Mass writes in a way that you can really feel for every caracter.You can not not read this book!!!!! " said.

"Star Rating:

4.25 stars


"Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

When Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, steals the school mascot, a goat, in order to make some friends with the popular crowd and gets caught, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. In addition, her parents decide that instead of taking her on their summer trip to Madagascar to study the courtship rituals of the Bamboo Lemur, she must go stay with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin Emily St. Claire in Willow Falls. Tara thinks it's a good time to start over; she'll be turning 13 after all, so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a non-criminal manner). What Tara doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday. It's not a typical birthday. But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical!"
-Goodreads description

What I Liked:

I liked this one WAY better than the first 2. It was really good, and I enjoyed all the reference from the past books.

What I Didn't:

Umm... I can't really think of anything off the top of my head... I guess I didn't like that Tara was trying to steal a goat in order to make friends. Or that she stole from her uncle (even though she brought it back).

Overall Opinion:

It was great! A super quick read, took me 3-4 hours. Very enjoyable, and like I said before, I liked it better than the first 2. Maybe cuz the characters were older? I'm not really sure why I liked it more.


10 and up.
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" This book was a very interesting book, and I could read it over and over again. You could say you will read it for only twenty minutes and end up reading it for over two hours. It really is a hand down great book, and I hope you go and check this book out. " said.

"Book Review
Who wouldn’t want to get thirteen gifts on their thirteenth birthday? Everyone does, including soon to be thirteen year old Tara Brennan, until she meets the strangest person of all: Angelina D’Angelo, in the strange town of Willow Falls. This exciting realistic fiction tale Thirteen Gifts by Wendy Mass will make you feel as if you are Tara yourself. Tara and her friends strike a deal with Angelina, just so she can get a new iPod. If Tara doesn’t get Angelina everything on her list by her thirteenth birthday, bad things will start to happen as Tara falls deeper into Angelina’s birthday trap.
One thing that I really liked about this book was the way the author made you feel as if you were Tara yourself. Tara’s story seems so real, that it makes you think that you are in her situation to. Tara is much like the average twelve and a half year old girl, but anyone in middle school would enjoy this book. I also enjoyed the setting in this book. Willow falls is a very strange place that has many strange things going on. Even Tara’s friend says so … “Is Willow Falls what you expected? What about the people here? Has anyone, surprised you?” I know I was definitely surprised by this book, and it was so good that I would rate it five out of five stars! I bet you will to when you pick up a copy and read Thirteen Gifts.
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"13 gifts, by Wendy mass, is a wonderful fiction novel in the 11 birthday series. This book is about a girl named Tara who moves away from her home to her cousins house is Willow falls. Willow falls is an average town with unaverage people. The oldest woman there, Angelina DeAngelo, is the most strange of all. Something odd happens to a couple other kids on their birthday, and they know it has to do with Angelina. When Tara arrives, she meets Amanda, Leo, and Rory. She immediately becomes there friends . Then One day Tara is broke and tries to sell one of her uncles comic book collections. But, Angelina stops her. Tara begs for her not to tell her uncle. Angelina says yes, on one condition. She gives Tara a list. "Find all these." So Tara sets off to find 13 odd things on the list.

I really enjoyed this book because of the details. Mass didn't put too much so it was boring, but enough that would keep me interested. An example is "The duck shaped birthmark wiggled as she talked, as if it was trying to say something." This was easy to understand and it was short and easy to read. "Slowly creeping into the collection room, I waited until my uncle was gone, when the door creeks and practically rams into my face." That was another example of when Mass took a intense moment and made it really short, yet detailed. "I had found it, the last one of the things on the list." I also really enjoyed how Mass took an exiting moment and summed up the characters feelings so the sentence doesn't drone on and on and on. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read series because to have this book make sense, you will need to read the two books before it.
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"After a failed attempt to steal a stuffed goat from the vice principal's office ends in the vice principal getting pepper-sprayed and soon-to-be-thirteen-year-old Tara suspended for the final two weeks of the year (in an attempt to fit in with other kids her age, Tara refuses to give up her accomplices), Tara is exiled to the small town of Willow Falls to spend her summer. This is instead of going with her parents to Madagascar to study the lemur, something she had been looking forward to doing.

Tara's luck goes from bad worse to when she's robbed of the money her parents gave her for the summer and her mother's prized iPod while on the train to the Willow Falls. Not wanting to admit the failure to her parents or her aunt and uncle, Tara takes matters into her own hands, stealing a rare issue of The Fantastic Four from her uncle's collection and trying to sell it at the local curiosity shop. The mysterious proprietor refuses to buy it because she can't pay what the comic is worth and she's the one who sold to her uncle. Instead, Tara is forced to accept a deal where she collects 13 different items from the people of the town and brings them to the store before her thirteenth birthday. If she does that, all will be forgotten. If not, her uncle will be made aware of her theft.

Until this point, Tara has been the kind of girl who is willing to shrink into the background. Since her only experience of trying to fit in involved the theft of a goat, she's not exactly eager to try fitting in again. But she soon finds a group of friends in Willow Falls who are not only willing to stand by her but also to help her find all thirteen items on the list and even to pull off something a bit more magical for the small town and Tara.

13 Gifts is a fun young adult novel with an intriguing first-person narrator and some interesting twists and turns. I listened to this one as an audio book and it helped the miles go by a bit more happily as I jogged and helped pass the time as I did chores around the house. Wendy Mass throws in some intriguing mysteries to Tara's visit to Willow Falls and pays all of them off by the novel's end.

From my understanding this is the third in a series of novels set in Willow Falls. And while there are callbacks to previous novels, the novel is self-contained enough that you can read it without feeling lost if you missed the first two. I will say that having listened to this one, I'm intrigued enough by the characters and the setting to want to try another in the series.
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