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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes Free with Bonus Material
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

13 Little Blue Envelopes Free with Bonus MaterialSummary: Ginny Blackstone's aunt tends to cause some disruptions in the family. She does things that Ginny's mother considers unconventional. The biggest of those things is the fact that she disappeared from her New York apartment without a trace, a phone call, or an email for several years. Only when a man calls to inform them that she has died in London from cancer, do they get to know what happened to their beloved relative. After that fateful phone call, Ginny receives a box of envelopes in the mail with numbers on them. Ginny's aunt is sending her on a mission, she is to go to London and begin retracing the very same steps her aunt took before her life ended. What happens next is a summer adventure for a shy girl, that is brought out of her shell and experiences a lot of life on her own.

My Thoughts: This book sounded like a really great concept. I really like the fact that Ginny gets sent on a mission by her deceased aunt. I like that it definitely is a coming of age tale where she must learn a lot of things about life on her own, and hopefully begin to understand her aunt and where she was coming from; why she left Ginny, whom she supposedly cared so much about. It is unnerving however that Ginny just follows her aunt's instructions blindly, full believing that she'd make everything OK for her considering she knows nothing of what her aunt had done in Europe. I get that is supposed to be the point, as her aunt knew nothing or anyone either, but still, sending a teenager to Europe is kind of a scary thought. This is another of those young adult novels where the parents just completely disappear leaving the teen completely on their own.

I enjoyed reading about Ginny's experiences, but sometimes I feel as if they were extremely drawn out. I really enjoyed the outcome, one of my biggest issues with this book are the characters. I just didn't feel that attached to any of them. None of them feel are really in-depth characters, they're pretty one dimensional and, we don't get to know much of them, but they're always referred to in passing. It's not a bad novel. I would really like to read how this series finally ends with the second book, but I really hope there are some improvements in the next. 

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