13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
I am weird.
(Well, we KNEW that.)
I'm weird, because for some reason, even though I have oodles of books at home on my bookshelves, many of them are unread, and if I own them, I never get around to reading half of them. Instead, I continue to check out from the library, ignoring those that I have at my disposal any time.
(I think I must have some weird phobia that I'm going to be trapped in my home for many months, with only the books on my shelves to read, so I don't want to get ahead of myself or run out of new titles to read.)
In any case, I'm making a concerted effort this year to read the books on my shelves (in between reading library books), particularly many of the ARCs I received ages and ages ago.
Among them is this read from (Secret Sister) Maureen Johnson - an ARC I got, no joke, three years ago. Sigh.
Ginny, 17, is sent on a European adventure by her crazy Aunt Peg, who left her 13 letters to read in sequence, enough money to get by, and instructions on how to proceed through the envelopes. Though Ginny is initially very skeptical, she is eventually pulled into the adventure, emotion and excitement of Aunt Peg's final act - having died several months previously.
This is a great YA novel, filled with great settings, interesting characters, and a plot that moves steadily along, but with heart. Ginny can be a bit of an aloof character, and yet you are cheering for her to find whatever it is she's looking for...
This is a really great book for the YA set, and for those a few years past...