Reader reviewed by Pally
For those of you that dont know, in the novel, Ginnys aunt sends her
13 envelopes that she has to open one by one, following the directions
in each before she can move on to the next one. The first one tells her
to fly to London.
I thought the author, Maureen Johnson,
captured the rather arbitrary nature of travel well how mood,
weather, and people you encounter end up shaping your itinerary and
experiences. At first I was kind of frustrated with Ginny, how she
followed her aunts instructions to a T, even if it meant leaving a
place before she even saw much of anything. But then I just kind of
went with the flow. Ginnys aunt wouldnt let her bring guidebooks with
her so I guess she didnt know what tourist haunts she was missing out
on anyway (other than the obvious ones, of course, like the Eiffel
Tower). She also wasnt allowed to have a camera an instruction that
helped Ginny really live in the moment instead of worrying about
capturing every little thing for posterity. Ultimately, Ginnys journey
felt quite authentic, despite a few things that seemed a bit
implausible. Overall, it was a catchy concept, but the lack of character failed to see it through.
Reader reviewed by GirlwiththeBraids
Ginny is convinced that the only thing that makes her interesting is her aunt, a starving artist and constant traveler. When her aunt dies of brain cancer, Ginny cant understand whats ahead of her. Days filled with boring scenes and an unoriginal life? Then she receives a letter & from her aunt. She discovers that her aunt wrote 13 letters before she died, all addressed to Ginny. She sends Ginny off on a journey, to different countries to complete different tasks. Who said Ginny couldnt be interesting and exciting? But its still her aunt that is making her that way and its all a game. It finally hits Ginny: her aunt is dead. Now, she has to be her own person.
13 Little Blue Envelopes is One-in-a-Million. It was completely creative and unusual! The author flowed with a new, fresh idea and it turned out great. I would have liked to read more about Ginnys mom and her home in New Jersey but it seemed that Ginny was caught in the moment and it rarely came across her mind. As the story developed, so did the characters and the descriptions of the settings blew me away! The writing is great and I look forward to reading more by this author in the near future. I could never imagine the countries that were spoken of but now I can with the help of this book. The reasons I rated this book a 4 are specified below.
*homosexuality of a minor character involved in two chapters
Envelopes a Good Book!
Reader reviewed by Lexi
I thought this book was good. It led you with Virginia Blackstone, a shy girl who is led to come out of her shell by her erratic Aunt Peg. Ginny's aunt recently died of a brain tumor after unexpectedly leaving to Europe where she never comes back. One day she gets a letter in the mail, explaining the need for her to get to New York then hop on a plane to London and other crazy adventures that follow. She makes friends and finds love traveling through Europe. I thought this book had good writing and gave a good view into how Ginny was feeling and what was going on. I was slightly unimpressed by the book's ending which just kind of left you hanging. I can understand it's reasoning but I was expecting more. It left me slightly confused but otherwise I felt it was a wonderful and enticing book. It is a fun and easy read. Once you start reading it you really get into it.
Reader reviewed by teddy
I tried to be optimistic about this book, but it just was so boring. I couldn't relate in any way to the main character and the whole plot was o-kay. That's just it: it was o-kay...no excitement. When the main character goes around the world with just her backpack, in search of her aunt, she finds love. too mushy for my tastes, not enough realism.
An advetureous book
Reader reviewed by Cowgirl
"13 Little Blue Envelopes" was a very adventurous book. I didn't feel that it was as moving as some other books that I have read, but it was worth a read to someone that likes a action packed creative, adventurous, and different book, you might like this one!
The main character is sent on a surprise trip from her dead aunt. She recieves thirteen little blue envelopes in the mail one day, with one of the instructions being to follow each not one at a time. So here the main character is, a teenager, alone and in a whole new country, just because a package in the mail.
Find out what happens by reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"!
Travel around Europe
Reader reviewed by Valerie
13 little blue envelopes is about a young girl who follows what the 13 blue envelopes which was left to her by her aunt ginny. travelling in europe, meeting new people, being a tourist and falling in love. in one of the places she visited, she met an amateur actor. she thought that they would never meet again but they always end up meeting each other. i recommend this book to those who love to travel! awesome book!
13 Little Blue Stars!
Reader reviewed by Ella
I thought that this book was absolutely excellent. Ginny was SUCH a realistic character to me, and I adored her world travels. Aunt Peg was great, even though we never actually "saw" her. I LOVED the idea of her sending letters from "beyond the grave". If I could give it more stars, I would!
13 little blue envelopes of joyness
Reader reviewed by teena
when i first opened this book, it wasn't what i thought it was. i was hoping for another teen story about drama or friends or boys or something. but this book showed me their are other great stories to be read. the main character gets sent around the world by her "dead" aunt to complete tasks, but more importantly, to see the world. many problems come and go, but the girl sticks to the mission to see what her aunt really was trying to tell her. this book made it onto my greatest teen reads list. i didn't think i would like it when i read the first couple of pages, but it touched my heart and it was a change from the usual books i read.
Very Fun Book
Reader reviewed by A-Rae =]
This book was very fun to read, with a lot of fun and unexpected turns. If you like books with travel and adventure, you'll enjoy this one also. The characters are cute and relatable, and you wont be bored at all. I think the idea is very fun and creative, i would love to leave a quest like this to my family members too. =]
One of the Greatest Books ever
Reader reviewed by kirsten
This book is so awesome. It's filled with adventure and comedy. There's even a little bit of romance. It's one of those books that's got everything but the kitchen sink. I just love the plot and the story progresses beautifully. The ending was fabulous.