This book was great, not just because of the epic journey of self discovery that Ginny embarks on but also because of the greater purpose, in my eyes, for the journey. Through the letters in the envelopes and the people she meets along the way, Ginny finally begins to deal with her aunt's death and her feelings towards Aunt Peg for leaving her behind. For me, it gave me license to be mad at my dad for dying, To be mad at my family for the way they acted after his death. It left me with hope, even though I know that there will never be letters from beyond the grave for me. This book is not just about a personal journey of finding yourself or the literal journey across Europe. It is a story about the journey through grief. I really appreciated that. I also liked seeing Ginny begin her trip as totally focused on completing the tasks and going home then ending it with new friends and family across the globe. Ginny really blossoms and grows as a young woman over the course of this book. `My favorite character has to be Richard. I don't know what it is about him but I just love him to bits. This book is a fun read with message and I would say it is suitable for most teens. There is plenty of "underage drinking"- Ginny is old enough to drink in most of Europe but she would not be here. There is one scene that is pretty sexual but there is nothing too graphic. The sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, came out in April so you can find it in bookstores now! You can find out more about Maureen Johnson and her books on her website or you can follow her on Twitter! It also sounds like Maureen will be at BEA so be on the lookout for her if you go! (Can you tell I'm excited for BEA?!)
13 Little Blue Envelopes earns 4 Fairies for being generally awesome.