Author: Maureen Johnson
Release Date: August 23rd, 2005
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
This was such a cute story! Taking a break from all the adult novels and stress on school work, I enjoyed this novel a lot. The idea of taking a trip to another country and finding a cute boy on the way is always refreshing.
I have to say an idea like this does not come around often, even though it should.
And while, I really did enjoy this book it did not go without some flaws. First of all I felt that the way that Ginny just up and left was not something that could just happen. If an aunt that I loved and cared dearly just died and now I'm getting her letters asking me to do this? Well, I'm not sure I could handle the situation well. And I know for a fact my parent's would never let me leave the country on my own if I were Ginny's age.
Second, I felt like the pace was just too slow in some areas and two fast in another. And then there was the fact that there really wasn't much back story on Ginny herself. She was just there, a girl, and it was like she was just doing this out of some obligation. And not to mention the boy coming out of nowhere. I don't know about you guys, but I'm not a fan of insta-love. It's irritating and unrealistic. And while this is fiction, I would like to point out that these are supposed to be people who are based in our world, so obviously those rules of attractions have to apply.
I also didn't like Ginny had no personality. It was like she was going through the motions as stuff was happening to her and she would react like, "Oh, I should do this." There was no feeling from her at all. It was like a mannequin would have more life than her.
I think that had to be my biggest problem out of everything in this book.
Cute and sometimes funny this book could make for a quick read or a slow one, depending on how you take it. I can't say that I completely and utterly loved it... but I didn't loath it either. So, we'll see how I feel about Johnson later on.