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Mommy's Reading Break

I'll read almost anything if it sounds good, but I tend to read mostly YA, and a lot of those are paranormal or dystopian. I have started to branch out into more contemporary lately.

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Dale, J.K. Rowling
Eat, Brains, Love
Jeff Hart
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kevin Collins

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes - 2.5 stars rounded up to 3I’ve seen 13 Little Blue Envelopes a few times around the blogosphere, so when I was browsing my library and saw it, I decided to pick it up. Of course, I then proceeded to procrastinate on reading it for a while, but I did finally pick it up.I felt like 13 Little Blue Envelopes really started off at a good pace. Ginny receives a letter from her dead aunt telling her to pack one backpack, travel to New York to pick up a package, and to fly to London. From there, she is to open one envelope at a time, and only when she is instructed to by the previous note.As interesting as this concept seemed, it also kind of lost me as a parent. Ginny is 17 and instructed to leave the country by herself with no extra money and no means of electronic communication with anyone in the states. No cell phone, email, IM, nothing. She can write letters however. But as a parent, I cannot imagine EVER letting my teenage daughter travel internationally by herself with no way to contact me if she needed help. I just found this to be extremely far-fetched, especially since Ginny’s mom found her sister to be a little crazy (not the exact words used, but close enough sentiment) and encouraged Ginny while she was growing up to NOT be like her aunt. This whole scene is glossed over in the book, though. She says “…she had to convince her parents of the same thing. Major international treaties had been negotiated in less time.” Seriously, this is a conversation I would have liked to see. How on earth did Ginny convince her parents to let her go?After she opens envelope #3, I felt like the story slowed down a bit. Honestly, I found myself not even caring that much about Ginny or her adventures. I kept reading only because I was curious more about what the letters said than how Ginny fulfilled them. I just never really connected to Ginny, so I just didn’t really care that much about her story. However, after a few twists at the end, I’m dying to know what the last envelope said, so I will probably be reading the sequel anyway.Overall, I thought that 13 Little Blue Envelopes was an okay story, but I’ve seen several people love it. So if you like art, nerdy, insecure girls, and travel, you’ll probably like this book. It just wasn’t really for me. (I’m giving it an extra half a star only because it made me want to read the sequel.)This review is also posted on my blog, Mommy's Reading Break