2012: 22.-23. 13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope

"Dear Ginger - I have never been a great follower of rules. You know that."

13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson

       Maureen Johnson is one of those writers that makes me glad that I'm not too proud to read YA, because I love her books (and I love, love, LOVED the one that I haven't blogged about yet, so watch this space!).  This book has a premise that you need to suspend your belief about, a bit, but once you do, it's just a treat.

        Ginger is an American high school student, who lives a safe and ordered life (and that's how she likes it).  The only variable is her wild and crazy artist aunt, who would drop into her life and give her a bit of adventure.  So when her aunt unexpectedly dies, she's devastated.  And then, one day, in the mail, a letter arrives.  And it contains 13 little blue envelopes, with instructions as to where to open each one.  And the first one instructs her to go to London, and then her great adventure begins…

        The suspension of disbelief is that any parent would let their child take off on this adventure.  But if you can swallow that, this is a great book.  Ginger's adventures are great - not just in a see Europe sense, but in a learn about yourself and the aunt you idolized sense.  It's just a wonderful read.  And the sequel is just as good (you see, the last envelope is stolen, and then it turns up…).  I can't really explain how lovely the book is (and the cover above doesn't even close to capture it), but it's just a treat.

     I have to say, last year I feel like I struggled to come up with a top ten, and then this year I'm loving almost everything I read! What a better way to go about it!

Categories: Fiction, YA, Library Book

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