March 31, 2009

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Date Started: March 21, 2009 Date Finished:March 31, 2009
Summary: Ginny has been left 13 envelopes to read by her runaway aunt. The first envelope states to fly to Europe. Ginny meets new people along the way and becomes a brand new person.
Likes: I loved that the whole story was in Europe and in London. I believe that the author capture the different places wonderfully and I loved to remember different parts of London that I had been to before. I enjoyed the different places that Ginny traveled and the different people that she came in contact with. There is a noticable change in Ginny and that is appreciated.
Dislikes: I liked it well enough, but something was missing for me. We don't really get to see Aunt Peg alive very often through memories and recounts of her life. The stuff we do get is very interesting, but I want more of it. I wasn't really sad that the aunt died because we don't get any emotion from anyone other than Ginny. Most people don't know she's dead, other than a few people and even then there emotions seems to be the same. It seemed about the places she traveled most of the time, not exactly the people she met. Or rather, the places outweighed the people.
Overall: It was an enjoyable read. Quick (though it took me longer than most because of school and whatnot and the fact that I was trying to read another book at the same time.) and light hearted without being melodramatic, given the subject matter. I just wish I had gotten to read more about the Aunt when she was alive. Ginny remembers things and situation, but there's no big concrete detail that I read about. They were mostly generalizations. I enjoyed the book though and look forward to reading more of Johnson's works.

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