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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

July 14, 2008

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 319.
Released: ’05.
Rating: 3 of 5.
Summary: Shy, average Ginny has been sent 13 little blue envelopes by her deceased aunt, Peg, to go on an adventure/game through Aunt Peg’s carefree life. Aunt Peg has given instructions for Ginny to follow: don’t bring guidebooks, you can’t call home, you can’t bring maps, etc. Ginny has to retrace the steps of her artist aunt’s life, one city at a time, traveling all over Europe. Along the way Ginny meets some interesting characters: Aunt Peg’s idol Mari, Richard (who Aunt Peg was roommates with), she finds herself living with the robotic family of the Knapps and Australians going as they pleased around Europe as well. She meets a boy, Keith, as well, who is a Londoner whom she falls for. Throughout the trip Ginny has to comply with specific tasks described in the envelopes her aunt wrote. At the end, Ginny has grown as a person and will see herself in a whole different way.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a charming book. Some parts are less great than others and some parts are very predictable and used a lot in books (Ginny being pushed to sing on karaoke even though she’s shy, etc). We didn’t see much of Keith, which I wanted more of. The Knapps were kinda weird and the Australians were whatever. The Richard part was baffling, kinda. I liked the 13th envelope, although the happy ending was kind of random. I wonder what happens to Ginny in the end (with Keith and all).

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

November 2, 2007

Title: The Bermudez Triangle

Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 370.
Rating: 2 ½ out of 5.

It was: blah.   

Eh… good book overall. It is about three best friends: Nina, Avery, & Mel. During junior year summer, Nina leaves off to Stanford camp and she meets Steve, however at the end of the camp they won’t be able to see each other for a year. During that time, Avery and Mel get close. I mean REALLY close. When Nina returns, she doesn’t know what has been going on for two months. During the school year, Avery becomes weirded out about the whole “lesbian” thing because she says she isn’t gay, Mel says she’s known all along. Meanwhile, Nina and Steve seem to be doing good, until Steve randomly dumps Nina for another girl. Nina gets crushed on by a friend of Mel’s at work named Parker. She wants Steve, she wants Parker, she wants other guys… she becomes self-conscious because rumors spread about her friends being gay.

It was pretty long and not that good for the first about 200 pages. Then so many twists happened that my mouth was open quite literally a lot. I’ve never read a story like this (having to do with lesbians) and it was pretty good. The story is good, not great though. I dislike third-person, it took me a while to get into the habit of it. There was a lot of characters also. Many things were left unanswered like Nina & Steve or Nina & Parker? But I learned a new view on various things.