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November 6, 2012

Want to travel: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
audio book, Narrator Emily Durante
Published: December 2010 by Harper Teen
ISBN13: 9780062071620
Source: Georgia Digital Library
Listened: October 2012
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

I saw this book on several blogs and thought it sounded like a fun read. When I saw 13 Little Blue Envelopes at the digital library available in audio, I was excited. 

Maybe I built up my expectations too much. It was a good listen, but not as great as I had hope.

As far as teen books, it was fun. It made me want to backpack through Europe. In several ways, 13 Little Blue Envelopes embodies "wishes" I have. I wish I was a little more of a risk taker just to pack up and take off to Europe. Actually, Ginny probably could have been me at 17. I think a lot of teen girls would be able to relate to her. She is your average teen. She has a comfort zone and doesn't break out of it without a bit of a push.

I listened to it and at a couple of points I must have spaced out because I wasn't always sure how Ginny got to the point she was at. Like, how did she end up with the Nabs (not sure of the spelling) in Amsterdam?

13 Little Blue Envelopes really did make me want to just pack up and hop on a plane with no real plans. Oh, to be that spontaneous. But in the end, much like for Ginny, I'm afraid of the what ifs. And I don't have someone to bail me out.

I recommend 13 Little Blue Envelopes to teen girls. It made me think a bit of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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