Review ..13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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Review ..13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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Wed, 05-11-2011 - 9:25am

This whirlwind adventure begins as Ginny, 17, reads a letter from her free-spirited, unpredictable Aunt Peg, who has recently passed away. She is given several destinations, four rules, and the instruction to open one envelope upon her arrival at each place. Thus begins a rapid tour of Europe as the teen struggles to accomplish the tasks established by her aunt. The motivation: Ginny wants to understand the woman's wanderlust and, possibly, she just wants a connection to her beloved relative. Throughout her adventures in Rome, Paris, Greece, England, and the Netherlands, the teen collects pieces of Peg's past and learns more about her rapid departure. She also learns much about herself. The reason Ginny is sent to meet certain people is not always clear; sometimes she (and readers) wonder about the point of the exercise. Overall, though, the novel drives home the importance of family, love, and the value of connections that you make with people.

My biggest issue with this story was the thought of a 17 year old traveling alone all over Europe...downright scary ....If the main character would have been in her 20's would have been easier for me to believe....Other than that it was a cute story....Have the second one requested from the library...


 


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Registered: 03-01-2003
Yeah no way will I let my kids take off on their own at that age! But glad to hear the book was still good ;-)

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Registered: 10-28-2005

But, kids use to be able to travel alone at that age - at least the boys anyhow - Grand Tours and all that. Don't you sort of wish that we lived in the age when we felt a little safer?


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Registered: 03-01-2003
Thu, 06-09-2011 - 11:29am
Finished this one. I enjoyed the story quite a bit. Though I agree - can't see this happening in real life. I went to London on a school trip in HS - no way could I have managed on my own.

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