To match up with last week's WCW on Maureen Johnson, my TBT is 13 Little Blue Envelopes!
I just realized that photo is of the cover for the audio, but I read the book. It's the best picture of the cover I could find so I'm going to keep it.
13 Little Blue Envelopes follows Ginny on a European adventure. After Ginny's Aunt Peg dies, she leaves behind a treasure hunt (of sorts) for Ginny: 13 little blue envelopes with instructions inside. Thus begins her adventure.
I honestly need to reread this book. I think I first read it Freshman year of high school (yikes that's 10 years ago!!! Eeeech!!). I loved it. It was a fun and heart-warming story. I mean, I obviously knew it was unrealistic. My parents let me go to France with a summer group and still had issues letting me leave, but I didn't care. The great thing about books is that they'll let you believe the impossible. And who hasn't wanted to drop everything in life and go somewhere abroad? This is a book that lets you believe that it's possible (unless you have a problem with the suspension of disbelief).
I also remember being totally enamored with the relationship between Ginny and Keith. Was it realistic? Probably not. Was it totally adorable and made my little 14-year-old heart go pitter-patter? Absolutely yes.
I have yet to read the sequel The Last Little Blue Envelope, but after I reread this one, I'm going to make it happen!