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“I read this because I loved The Name of the Star, and badly wanted to read more of Maureen Johnson’s books. It sounded brilliant - a fantastic idea, and I was ready for a beautiful, wanderlust-filled book.
It really, really fell short of that. The main character Ginny was awfully clueless. I mean, she didn’t know what the London eye was. Nor the Trevi Fountain. She didn’t understand how to operate the ticket thingy on the tube. She was confused by a washing machine. I don’t understand how you can be as old as she was (I can’t remember whether it was seventeen or nineteen) and not know these things. Beyond that, she had so little personality. Throughout the whole story so many things happened, and yet she barely ever reacted.
Another thing which frustrated me was the parents. Who on earth would let your teenage daughter just leave without a phone, not even being allowed to talk via internet to the people back home in America? I mean, it seems so ridiculous.
The descriptions of the places she visited were vague and not exactly accurate.
It could have been a great novel, but it really fell short.”
Beth wrote this review Monday, April 2, 2012.