What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, August 12, 2011

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I absolutely love to travel. So when I stumbled across this book about a teenage girl making her way through Europe following the whims of her fanciful Aunt, I was hooked. Here's the summary from Goodreads: When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

What I liked: 1) The premise - who wouldn't want someone to give them an all expenses paid scavenger hunt around Europe? 2) Ginny was meeting different people all along her trip, and even though these characters were only around for a little while, they were still memorable and well-developed. 3) Aunt Peg's letters. These letters were thoughtful and explained a lot about why Ginny was traveling to the places she was. 4) The descriptions - Ginny traveled to several places I've never been, but it was easy for me to imagine myself being there because everything was described so well. 5) Ginny learns a lot about herself over the course of her trip, including how to trust herself and have more confidence.

What I didn't like: 1) Some of it seemed a little...unbelievable. Ginny is a high school girl, not even a senior. Her parents seem to believe that her Aunt Peg was rather flighty, yet they agree to let Ginny follow this wild-goose chase around Europe without any cell phone or email communications with anyone stateside. I'm fairly certain that at age 26, my parents would still expect me to check in a few times.

Overall thoughts: This was a fun read that takes you on a scavenger hunt around Europe alongside Ginny and the friends she meets along the way. It's a pretty short read, but throughout the story you'll laugh, you'll be surprised, and you'll end up rooting for Ginny and Keith. It has a great message about learning who you are.

My rating: 3.5 shots

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  4. I think this sounds like a fun read. Great review, I've added this to my TBR pile!

  5. True. My mami would grill me for info and call often ;) Great honest review.

  6. I've heard good things about this one and just recently bought it. I hope I like it.

  7. Everyone seem so have good or great tings to say about this book, so I'll definitely be reading it. Thanks for the review!

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  9. I felt the same way about it being unbelievable and unrealistic. Who seriously let's their child on the loose? And did you notice that when Ginny was catching a train she really needed to go to the bathroom, but Ginny didn't have to time to go to the bathroom, so she had to catch the train. It never said past that point if she ever went to the bathroom. I don't if the poor girl ever got pee!

  10. Great review. I completely agree with you and Ginny did not come across as a particular bright person so if I were her parents I would be seriously worried. But... this is fiction people! Just get over it and enjoy the ride because it's so much fun!


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