Friday, April 23, 2010

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes
By Maureen Johnson

352 pages
not currently available on audio

Grade B

Ginny is 17, and her aunt just passed away. One day she gets a letter in the mail from her aunt instructing her to go to her favorite chinese restaurant which awaits a package containing (wait for it) 13 blue envelopes containing instructions on when she can open the next one, and what she has to do. These envelopes send her on a trip through Europe alone.

As with My Life in France, I felt like I was with Ginny sometimes in Europe because the author is pretty good at her descriptions. I liked how it stayed pretty light hearted, and I really enjoyed the little journeys that Ginny was sent on. From London to Amsterdam to Denmark to Greece, Ginny sees it all. And what I liked so much about her tour, is that her aunt didn't want her to be a tourist. She wanted her to see the country as she did, from a lover turned resident. And Ginny did, and she had some downfalls. Her aunt didn't always come through with her letters which helped the predictability factor that usually happens with these teen books. The ending wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. I felt like I still needed more, but am content all at the same time.

So all in all, it was cute, but not a must read kinda book.


Alee said...

I almost picked this up the other day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

rhonda said...

soooo funny, yr right this is something yr auntie Robin would do....i would love to read this book...yr mom

Anonymous said...

Looks like alotta "Chick" books to me.........Let's maybe do some Start Trek....Daddddddddd