13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES by MAUREEN JOHNSON
This story was about a girl, Virginia (here on referred to as Ginny), who receives a mysterious package from a man in England with letters from her dead Aunt Peg. These letters contain 4 rules, and individualized instructions. Each letter to be open at designated times, in pre-determined order. Ginny must transverse the globe on her aunts goose chase to find out what her aunt had in store for her.
I think what I liked most about this book was that it was adventurous. I usually read books with a slight air of mystery or intrigue and those are some elements that I enjoy while reading. The fact that the reader had no idea (until Ginny read them) what the 13 envelopes contained kept you wanting to read and find out what kind of craziness her aunt was leading her through. Alone in Europe, with a backpack, a bankcard and 13 envelopes, sounds thrilling doesn’t it? It made me kind of wish I had a crazy aunt who left me random letters to follow! It also made me wish I was the crazy aunt. Maybe I still can be; I’ll move to Europe; travel to exotic locales and write it all down and lead some younger soul in the future on a goose chase of self discovery. Sounds fun.
There were a lot of real elements to this book; heart and tragedy, confusion and clarity. This book really made a reader feel like “wow, that’s what life is about.” I feel like if I were more brave I would be buying a passport today and on a plane by morning.. (well more like in a few weeks ‘cause it takes a while for passport to process…) anyway. It was a moving story. It wasn’t bogged down with any one element too long; it was free flowing and transcending; kind of like life. It was wrought with good humour, fantastic characters and just the right amount of blind nievity. I think this is well worth the half a day it takes to read it. (Yes, all 320 pages in half a day. What can I say? I’m a champ.)
I think girls will particularly like this book; as it is a lady who is traveling and discovering herself. But I think if boys read it they would like the elements of the story too.
Overall, I highly approve of this book.