13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)

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13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)
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Release Date
September 26, 2006
ISBN
0060541431
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When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

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It has a wonderful plot but the plot was spoiled by horrible writing and characters. I wanted to finish this book but the characters were terrible when I spoke to another person who was reading it with me she had told me she didn't finish it either.

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Good Book

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.

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Could've Been Better

Overall, the book was decent. It was a little hard to follow at times and the writing style wasn't what I'd expected but it was a good book all things considered.

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A funny story line.
A lot of action.
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A great ride!

This is one of my favorite books ever! I love a book that takes me on a trip, and this took me on one wild ride across England! Ginny goes on this pre-planned adventure that her aunt has set up for her, but it does not exactly go as planned. Keith and all of his friends were hillarious, and I found myself crying at some of the things Ginny was finding out about her aunt.

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Great book!

I read very few books that aren't paranormal, but something about this book screamed 'buy me' from the shelf. I did, and I loved it. I can't wait for the second one to be released. One of my favorite books.
I could see myself traveling around following the advice on note cards that my relative left me. It sounds like so much fun, and she gets into so many different things along the way!

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Okay book...

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.


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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.


3.5/5 stars.

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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.

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Very fun story

Reader reviewed by Courtney

This is a cute little story about a girl named Virginia who had a very eccentric aunt. Her aunt passed away from brain cancer but before she did she wrote Virginia a note with instructions on her going on an adventure following her specific instructions. She had 13 envelopes, each with an instruction that Virginia had to do. This took her to Europe! She went on some amazing adventures, traveled to all kinds of places, and met very interesting people!

I did really like this story! It was a cute and simple story about a young girl going on an adventure to just have one more chance to know her aunt. I was sucked in to the story right from the beginning and was so curious as to where these envelopes were going to take her that I couldn't put it down. That being said, I was a bit disappointed with the character Virginia, I wish there was more to her, at times she really seemed un-emotional and clueless! But I really did enjoy the story and plan on reading the next book!

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Awsome

Reader reviewed by AlbanianGirl

Ginny, 17, reads a letter from her free-spirited, unpredictable Aunt Peg, who has recently passed away. She is given several destinations, four rules, and the instruction to open one envelope upon her arrival at each place. Thus begins a rapid tour of Europe as the teen struggles to accomplish the tasks established by her aunt. The motivation: Ginny wants to understand the woman's wanderlust and, possibly, she just wants a connection to her beloved relative. Throughout her adventures in Rome, Paris, Greece, England, and the Netherlands, the teen collects pieces of Peg's past and learns more about her rapid departure. She also learns much about herself. The reason Ginny is sent to meet certain people is not always clear; sometimes she (and readers) wonder about the point of the exercise. Overall, though, the novel drives home the importance of family, love, and the value of connections that you make with people.

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Leavin' on a jet plane

Reader reviewed by Randi

Ginny is 17, and her aunt just passed away. One day she gets a letter in the mail from her aunt instructing her to go to her favorite chinese restaurant which awaits a package containing (wait for it) 13 blue envelopes containing instructions on when she can open the next one, and what she has to do. These envelopes send her on a trip through Europe alone.

I felt like I was with Ginny sometimes in Europe because the author is pretty good at her descriptions. I liked how it stayed pretty light hearted, and I really enjoyed the little journeys that Ginny was sent on. From London to Amsterdam to Denmark to Greece, Ginny sees it all. And what I liked so much about her tour, is that her aunt didn't want her to be a tourist. She wanted her to see the country as she did, from a lover turned resident. And Ginny did, and she had some downfalls. Her aunt didn't always come through with her letters which helped the predictability factor that usually happens with these teen books. The ending wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. I felt like I still needed more, but am content all at the same time.

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