My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have wanted to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson for years. The premise of the book really appealed to me and I knew I would love it….However, I was disappointed. Although the writing is excellent, the actual plot leaves much to be desired.
Ginny’s “runaway” aunt Peg has just died and left 13 little blue envelopes with tasks for Ginny to complete. They send Ginny on an adventure in Europe. Along the way, she is supposed to learn about not only her aunt but herself as well. While going through the letters, the reader understands that Ginny should be gaining wisdom from her seemingly carefree aunt.
The idea of the book is wonderful but it lacks execution. Ginny seems to be going to all of these fascinating places in Europe and then nothing happens (maybe that’s the point but it still wasn’t well done). I also never really connected to the characters, no matter how hard I tried. Ginny was boring and her love interest, Keith, was a loser.
Would not recommend.
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