**spoiler alert** *This review contains spoilers for 13 Little Blue Envelopes.*
The Last Little Blue Envelope has a slightly darker tone than the first**spoiler alert** *This review contains spoilers for 13 Little Blue Envelopes.*
The Last Little Blue Envelope has a slightly darker tone than the first book. Ginny is faced with a situation involving an extortionist named Oliver who she knows is not nice (and also might not be safe). She realizes though that she will have to travel with him to fulfill the instructions in the last envelope.
The boy she met in the first book decides to travel with her and Oliver, and she sees a different side of him that she hadn’t seen before. She begins to wonder who is the more despicable person – the one who is the extortionist or the one who is supposed to be her friend.
At first I was appalled at the darker tone of this book, but in the long run I ended up liking it just as much as the first. 13 Little Blue Envelopes was full of adventure and discovery, and personal growth as Ginny gains confidence in her ability to navigate through foreign countries. While the second book doesn’t lack those elements, it reflects the journey to maturity we all have to travel, in which we realize that people are not always what they seem, and that people sometimes mature at different paces. Ginny gets to see firsthand how it can take a while to know someone’s true character, and that there can be ugliness if you dig too deep.
In the end I appreciated that this wasn’t just a re-hash of the same plot from the first book. It was still a fast-paced read, and even with the heavier issues it was by no means a depressing book. The ending is upbeat, and some minor plot threads are not tied up, so I have to wonder if there could possibly be another sequel....more
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a Young Adult book that teens will have fun reading and picturing themselves in the main role. How would you cope travelin13 Little Blue Envelopes is a Young Adult book that teens will have fun reading and picturing themselves in the main role. How would you cope traveling across Europe alone using instructions left for you in numbered envelopes?
Ginny is seventeen years old and her aunt Peg has left her instructions to travel to Europe, opening a new envelope at each stop along the way. She has no clue where she will be going or where she will end up, but wants to take this trip both to honor her aunt’s wishes and for the adventure it offers.
Is it realistic? Having never backpacked across Europe myself I couldn’t say, but it was entertaining. Ginny is much quicker to trust strangers than I would have been, but maybe that is because I’m not seeing things through a teenager’s eyes anymore.
This is an easy, fast-paced read that I raced through. I started reading it on my treadmill and kept reading it after my workouts were done because I didn’t want to wait to find out where the next envelope would send her. This enjoyable Young Adult story will appeal to teens and adults looking for a light read....more
I checked out XVI from the library after reading a review which compared it to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I had just read Delirium, so I decided to reI checked out XVI from the library after reading a review which compared it to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I had just read Delirium, so I decided to read them back-to-back, and it was hard not to make comparisons.
Like Delirium, XVI deals with issues of love and sex in a dystopian society. I see these stories as opposite sides of the same coin though. Where Delirium was about seeing love as a disease, XVI is about society’s obsession with sex – where the physical act of sex has been marketed to the point of having no emotional associations with love.
What the two stories have in common are protagonists trying to avoid a process that could possibly cause them harm. In Delirium it’s the operation to cure them of deliria-causing “love,” while in XVI it’s the tattoo that girls get at age sixteen that brands girls as being available to anyone for sex.
XVI is certainly a more intense and dark story in that the girls face potential rape – they are considered fair game to anyone who wants them. Although there are some moments when guys try to cross the line, there aren’t any rape scenes in the book.
In addition to the stress of her impending tattooing, Nina’s life is also complicated by the death of her mother and her violent step-father who follows her every move. Upping her stress load even further – she has a couple of potential romantic interests whom she isn’t sure she wants to encourage, especially when she’ll be tattooed soon.
The only thing I could see annoying some people is the futuristic slang terminology. It can be distracting, but I was drawn into the story enough that it faded into the background of Nina’s world while I rooted for her to beat the odds and become a strong women in her society of passive femininity....more
Outside In is the sequel to Inside Out. There will be spoilers for the first book in this review, but not for the second.
Outside In addresses the diffOutside In is the sequel to Inside Out. There will be spoilers for the first book in this review, but not for the second.
Outside In addresses the difficult aspect of revolution that dystopian books so often gloss over – what happens after the revolution. Outside In is about the rebuilding of social structure and the attempt to unite people of opposing forces in order to live in a peaceful and equal society. This proves nearly impossible since old prejudices don’t disappear overnight, and most find compromise unpalatable. As the peace starts to falter, the residents are faced with an even more dangerous problem from the outside – one that will destroy them if they can’t find a way to work together.
As in the first book, Trella’s relationships with guys don’t buzz with chemistry, but I was less interested in the love story anyway, and liked that the focus was on the conflicts. People are double-crossing each other left and right, and it’s hard to know who is “good” or has the people’s best interests at heart until you near the end of the book. This was a fast and fun read, and should be enjoyed by those who liked Inside Out....more