A Great Adventure
Reader reviewed by Emily
I absolutely loved this book! It was my first book by Maureen Johnson, and it definitely made me want to read more of her work. Johnson's description of Europe is amazing and makes me long to travel somewhere. Ginny's adventure that her aunt sends her on is mysterious and a joy to read! Check this book out if you love a good romantic adventure.
Summary : Virginia (Ginny) Blackstone is a seventeen year old teenage girl with a dead aunt. Her aunt died from an illness (not said in the book). She then receives 13 little blue envelopes from when her aunt was alive. Her aunt wrote, in those envelopes, steps on an incredible journey. From Britain, to Paris, to Greece, Amsterdam and more. Ginny meets Keith. They become kind of boyfriend and girlfriend.
My Opinion : This books from author Maureen Johnson was good. Not great, nor incredible, but good. I'm not much of a fan of books about adventures, but at least there was some romance. I like how Ginny was; her personality. Well, good book! I have heard there is a sequel and it's already on my to-read shelf.
Characters : Keith would be my favorite character of the book. I liked how he was introduced as a musical producer. And that Ginny gave him money, that he wondered why and began to know her better.
Ginny was a nice main character! I liked her energy and the way the thought. I like how timid she is around boys; I thought it was quite cute.
Aunt Peg looked a lot of fun! I don't know why I got that impression... right... she's eccentric!
Richard was a sweet guy and it didn't really impress me that he and Aunt Peg were dating, and married.
Of course, there are other characters... tons of them! Like Olivia, the lesbian girl who didn't tell her parents about her 'favoritism'. I didn't like that she didn't tell her parents; it's not a good example to set.
I loved the fact that it took me on the trip with her as she went places. I have never left the US. I also liked her voice and since I read it a couple of years ago and I was closer to her age.
Scavenger Hunt Across Europe
Reader reviewed by Pammy-la
If one envelope can set the course of your life in a completely different direction than where it was headed, imagine what thirteen would do!
When her eccentric, artistic Aunt Peg dies, Ginny Blackstone is sent on a mysterious trip to follow in her footsteps and discover things about her aunt and herself that she never thought possible.
Maureen Johnson takes the reader on a scenic British and European sightseeing tour. Ginny's experiences are described with humorous wit and are authentically related. I say this because not just one or two or three, but several of the situations that befell the traveling Ginny happened to myself when I went backpacking through Europe over 20 years ago! This is not to say that the novel is dated but rather timeless in it's accounts of strange youth hostels, cramped famous museums, and young flirty Italian men.
This is a great book if you want to take an adventure and visit a few foreign countries without ever having to leave your comfy couch!
Ginny's European Tour
Reader reviewed by Alexandra
Seventeen-year-old Ginny is sent to Europe with nothing but a backpack and a pile of envelopes. Inside those envelopes are her travel itinerary and tasks set before her by her now-deceased Aunt Peg. She has to open the envelopes in order, and can't open the next one until she's completed the previous task. Her envelopes take her from London to Edinburgh to Rome to Paris, and she makes several new and eclectic friends along the way, a rarity for the normally shy teenager. Her observations of the European sites are exciting both for readers who've seen them and those who haven't, and Ginny learns as much about her free-spirited aunt through her jouneys as she does about herself. Heart-warming and adventurous, funny and realistic (despite the unusual circumstances), 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a great read.
Reader reviewed by Val
I really liked this book. I thought it was a refreshing novel that had the right combinations of mytsery, romance and of course travel! The story behind this novel is that Ginny, about to become a highschool graudate recieves a ltetter to visit the old apartment of her dead aunt. Her aunt was young and an artist and although she promised to guide and be there for Ginny throughout her growing up years, one day she decided to leave America and travel through Europe. Ginny battles with the feeling of abandonment and guilt towards having bitter feelngs towards her dead aunt while she follows directions in thirteen envelopes made by her aunt before she died. They instruct her to do things like take 1,000 dollars from her newly made account and catch a flight to England where she must find a starving artist and give him/her money. The point behind these envelopes readers will come to discover isn't the trips and the traveling which is a big part of it, but Ginny's character (who many can relate to) finding herself. discovering afterwards that she didn't need her aunt to help her shine or stand out she was always a star and the thirteen blue envelopes hlped her realize that.
The Book is Excellent
Reader reviewed by Nis
I loved '13 Little Blue Envelopes,' and am more than happy to recommend to adults and kids alike! A prior reviewer commented this sounded vaguely like another book, which sounds to me like comparing every tale of star-crossed lovers to 'Romeo and Juliet.' What Johnson has done is taken an idea we've all had at some point -- what if you got a windfall and the opportunity to travel and enjoy it? -- and crafted a genuine and romantic story of a teen's first real adventure outside her comfort level. Ginny would have never gone to Europe without the envelopes -- would have never fallen in love, sponsored an artist, or learned her aunt's secrets. The progression from Envelope #1 to the end shows her growth as a person, as she responds more quickly and more creatively to the challenges in each subsequent letter. I can't wait to read more by the author!
Reader reviewed by Britt
This book is an inspring,sad,adventurous,and romatic book. Its tells alot about a persons life and how you may not know one thing but turns out you do. I love the way the author really gets into the art and paintings. i love art its a beautiful thing and she put it in the book like u could picture it was REAL!. This bok is a great book and i thing whoever is looking at this review. Should read it. Thank You
Green with Envy
Reader reviewed by Tanya
When reading this book, I was green with envy at all the things that Ginny got to do in her travels after the death of her aunt. It is my dream to get to travel and the amazing museums and people that the main character Ginny met, were amazing. The book dealt with real issues, like death, and I felt like I was in her shoes. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a heart felt story and made me wish my life had that kind of excitement!
What I Think.
Reader reviewed by Cj
This book was very interesting. So happy&&facinating. I fell in love with the book even though it's just a fiction book. I love fiction books they get the best of me. So I in my words enjoy the book very much. &&would love to read it over&&over again. Same goes with Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.