Saturday, February 15, 2014
13 Little Blue Envelopes
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
Keywords: travel, Europe, art
Format Read: paperback
Confession time: I have never read a Maureen Johnson book. I really don't know how it happened, but it just did. So when I found this at Half Price Books for literally $1.50 I knew it was time.
The premise of the book I think is what is most interesting to me. There's a mystery aspect to it that compels the reader to want to know what the other letters say. In addition, there's the cute traveling and romance aspect, but the flirty bit takes a side stage to Ginny's main adventure, which is to learn more about her aunt, and in turn, herself, which was a refreshing change from what I was expecting (I thought it was going to be hardcore love at first sight teenager love).
I loved how truthful the travel was. I studied abroad in England for a semester in 2012. It is expensive. And hostels are gross. They're convenient and cheap. But gross. So when Ginny had to deal with shared bathrooms and fares for sheets and disgusting lockers, I was laughing and nodding my head, smiling at Maureen because I've been there. It is that way. It's not all glamour and fun and adventurous person abroad. I loved that Ginny smelled after awhile because hygiene becomes not a thing. I loved that she ran away from a hostel. I loved that expensive stuff happened and it freaked her out and that money became an issue at points because she didn't have any.
This book was super fun to read and a welcome distraction from the insanity that is polar vortex 2014. I had a lot of happiness from it, and though it wasn't superb or genius or anything, it was fun to read and enjoyable.
Read When: You want a good, solid travel story that is also fun, cute, and reminiscent of summer.