Better the second time
Reader reviewed by Court
Ginny's aunt leaves her 13 little blue envelopes. the first tells her to take a plane to england with no guidebooks allowed. (I have no idea how she convinced her parents!) the rest is even crazier and well worth the read!
The first time I read this book I wasn't to happy with it because I knew Maureen Johnson's books were always good!(always!)The second time I read it I liked it so much more, I don't know why!
a great read
Reader reviewed by linda
Ginny's aunt Peg has always been a free spirit so when Ginny receives a plane ticket to England and the instruction to open one envelope upon her arrival at each place, she is not surprised. She has a lot of fun as she becomes friends with a starving artist and her relationship soon blooms into romance. She learns a lot about her aunt and the mystery that surrounds her. The experiences are uncomfortable, lonely, giddy, and life changing and she pieces together family secrets and discovers herself. I loved the plot to this book, it's pretty original and the setting was described perfectly.
Reader reviewed by Lauren
This book is about Ginny who's Aunt peg has died. Aunt Peg wanted Ginny to have a Adventure so she mailed her a package cantaing 13 little blue envelopes. The insurntecs say she has to read one at a time and complete the task -in tne letter- before opening the next. So, Ginny is of to Europe. This trip changes her life forever. You should defintely read this book!
Fun, Yet Sentimental
Reader reviewed by Amanda
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson was great. It is labeled a YA book, as it should be, and I really enjoyed the story. The plot line was unique and the characters refreshing. Definitely a good "light" book.
Ginny's favorite aunt, who happened to be the most eccentric women Ginny knew, passes away and shortly after, a package arrives for Ginny containing 13 blue envelopes. In the first envelope, Ginny is instructed to purchase a plane ticket to London and then open her second envelope. The reader proceeds to follow Ginny on a spontaneous journey around Europe that interlopes her with people in her aunt's life, resulting in a love interest, the meeting of a new family member, scary hostels, and loads of interesting adventures.
Ginny shows the reader that even when we are frightened, it's still ok to take risks, simply because you never can tell what you'll find out when you're finished. Ginny was not only able to tour Europe and meet interesting people, she also overcame a lot of her fears and learned a lot about her aunt in the process. A really great book for teens or even mature middle schoolers.
Reader reviewed by Katie
I fell in love with this book! It's touching and heartfelt without being over the top or sappy.
I also love the other books by this author. She writes smart chick lit. I like romance just as much as any other girl, but it's so much better when it actually has substance. I love, love, loved it! RRREEEAAADDD IIITTT!!!
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.
AROUND THE WORLD DURING THE SUMMER
Reader reviewed by Lauren
THIS BOOK WAS REALLY GOOD. A GIRL RECEIVED ALL THESE LETTER FROM HER DEAD AUNT. HER AUNT WAS SPONTANEOUS AND LIVED IN THE MOMENT. THIS STORY TOOK PLACE ONE SUMMER. THIS GIRL GOT TO TRAVEL ALL AROUND THE WORLD, MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND MAKING FRIENDS. SHE MET HER AUNTS HUSBAND, SOME ONE THAT NO ONE KNEW ABOUT AND MET A BOY AS WELL. IN THE END, HER AUNT WHO WAS AN ARTISIT, FOUND HER AUNTS WORK HIDDEN IN A LOCKER AT A DEPARTMENT STORE IN WHICH HER HUSBAND WORKED, KNOWINGTHAT HER ART WORK WOULD BECOME MORE VALUABLE AFTER SHE HAD DIED, SHE LEFT HER ART WORK TO HER NEICE SO SHE CAN HAVE THE MONEY AND BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PERSON.
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!
The Self-Discovery Journey Everyone Dreams Of
Reader reviewed by Stephanie
Romantic, interesting, tender, and enviable: Ginny Blackstones journey of geographical and self discoveries in 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is one that we all dream of. Who wouldnt want to be sent on a backpacking trip across Europe and do things weve never thought we were capable of doing?
Ginnys free-spirited artist aunt, Peg, died from a brain tumor. After Pegs death, a package containing 13 sealed blue envelopes is delivered to Ginny. They send her on various missions across the seas in foreign lands. All of a sudden, Ginny finds herself lugging a heavy purple-and-green backpack onto a plane and into the London flat of a man named Richard. Pegs instructions in the envelopes further mess with Ginnys once passive existence as they instruct her to, for example, find a struggling artist whose work she admires to give money to. How does Aunt Peg seem to know that Keith, the artist Ginny chose, would be so cute and steal her heart like that?
Despite the crazy, un-Ginny-like adventures shes having, Ginny still has doubts every once in a while of what the heck exactly is she doing in Europe. Will Ginny ever come to terms with the fact that she IS capable of everything her aunt had once done?
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is more than a fun ride through several European countries. Its a journey of self-discovery for Ginny, as a shy girl learns exactly what she is capable of. For those of us who do not have a wild aunt who will send us on an adventure through Europe, we can live through Ginny. I have read this book twice, and both times I could not put it down, preferring to lose sleep rather than wonder about what happens to Ginny.
13 Little Surprises
Reader reviewed by Aspasia
13 Little Blue Envelopes details the journey of seventeen-year-old Ginny. When her Aunt Peg dies of a brain tumor, she leaves in Ginnys possession thirteen envelopes, all of which she must open one at a time. Armed with a ticket to London and a list of rules, Ginny starts on an adventure across Europe, one that is reminiscent to the kind of adventures her Aunt Peg had when she was alive: one with no planning whatsoever, with only the promise of a fun-filled future.
Along the way, Ginny discovers new friends, new cities, and a new love. It is a book I truly enjoyed, and definitely not a disappointment after reading Johnsons The Key to the Golden Firebird.