13 Little Blue Envelopes easily makes my top three books and is one of the few books worthy of more than five stars. While the books isn't gripping and littered with cliffhangers I still found it hard to put down and managed to read it in a matter of hours that just flew by. Personally, I have wanted to travel for as long as I can remember which possibly makes me a little bias towards a book about travelling blindly around Europe on your own, guided only by letters left to you by a deceased relative - mixed with a little romance for those who are interested. For those who want to travel or like the idea of an adventure this book would be perfect for you. For those who couldn't care less, 13 Little Blue Envelopes is both funny and fascinating. It wont be a wasted read.
Oh, Maureen Johnson, the things you do to me! Where do I even start? The first book I ever read by Maureen was Suite Scarlett and I fell in love with her writing right then! 13 Little Blue Envelopes certainly did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, and at times I wanted to scream.
Ginny is sent on a wild goose chase by her aunt in the form of, you guessed it, 13 little blue envelopes. Each envelope has instructions telling Ginny where to go, what to do, or who to meet and rules about when and where to open the next envelope. I couldnt put the book down, I read it in one night! I had to find out what was in the next envelope.
The setting is so well described you feel like you are traveling with Ginny most of the time. I was surprised to learn that Maureen hadnt been to all the places she sent Ginny to because it certainly seemed like she had. Talk about fantastic research!
Ginny is an ordinary girl that gets an extraordinary opportunity, one Im not sure Id be so quick to accept. Shes very down-to-earth and level-headed for most of the book, not just a crazy teenager on a whirlwind backpacking excursion.
Keith got on my nerves, a lot. He was a typical annoying guy with horrible judgment. He was absolutely perfect! That seems like a total contradiction, but if Keith had been any other type of guy, the story would not have been what it was. He HAD to be annoying. It absolutely worked.
This book definitely lights the travel fire in me. Im just itching to go on a trip like Ginnys.
The Verdict: Three words: So. Much. Fun. A definite must read for anyone whos ever traveled or is just dying to!
13 Little Blue Envelopes (13LBE) is the story of Ginny Blackstone's summer abroad. However, 13LBE isn't the typical summer abroad story. Ginny doesn't choose to go on this trip, she is sent on it by her crazy aunt who has left her directions to follow in 13 letters, hence the title. This is the only book I've read by Maureen Johnson and she is an amazing author. The whole time I read this book I felt what Ginny was feeling. I laughed with her, I cried with her, I even pinned for the boy she falls for. This is definitely a book I recommend to anyone who loves YA novels. This book will make you want to travel where Ginny travels and if you are from the states like me you'll be dying to travel abroad. I never got the feeling while reading 13LBE that I didn't understand a location Ginny traveled to and I definitely never felt out of the loop. I can't wait till the sequel comes out. I'm in love with the life of Ginny Blackstone and I know you'll feel the same way too.
Ginny has just received a package from her runaway aunt. It contains 13
blue envelopes. On each envelope, there is a set of instructions she
must follow. Ginny is amazed at this because a) The instructions
include going to Europe with nothing more than a backpack and b) her
aunt is dead. Nevertheless, Ginny goes to London, where her aunt has
written that she should go. Only this is just the beginning. Ginny
meets an Englishman, Keith, and falls in love with him. She follows the
instructions and goes to Scotland to the house of a very interesting
artist, she travels to Denmark, France, Italy, and Greece among others.
What Ginny doesn't know, is that, in between all this crazyness, she
discovers the true state of her late aunt while she was dying and
discovers more about herself than she ever knew.
This is the perfect romantic/travel novel. It is the third time I've
read it and I still love it as the first time. It is this novel that
flourished in me a desire to travel and get to know other places in
this world. It also made me want to date a Hot English Dude even more.
What seems like a lonely trip, becomes the adventure of a lifetime,
including the auction of her aunt's painting which results in lots of
money that she shares with her aunt's friend, Richard.
Richard, a sweet character, was also her aunt's husband, something
Ginny didn't know because her aunt, after fleeing from New York, didn't
keep that much in contact. Ginny learns that her aunt was not always
very smart but that she had passions, something that Ginny struggles to
thrive for. Unexpectedly, her aunt did love too. She loved Richard,
something that even he didn't know.
This novel is still one of my favorites and I welcome all of you to read it and share your thoughts on it.
In once sentence:
Europe has never seemed like such an adventure until you've read this book!
My friend recommended this book to me and I'm so glad that I read it! I
really enjoyed the novel more than I expected I would. It's about a teenage
girl traveling all around Europe, following instructions left to her, in
13 little blue envelopes, by her dead aunt. The book has a good tone and is
well-paced, and it has a lot of interesting characters. Overall, it's a
cute story and must-read.
13 Little Blue Envelopes is about a girl named Ginny who explores Europe with only letters from her wacky, dead aunt. Each letter contains a task for Ginny to do and after she completes the task she can open the next envelope. Sounds fun right? Well Ginny is by herself and she starts to get lonely as the place she explores get more and more less familiar. While I was reading this I found myself staying up well past my bed time reading this book, eager to find out where the letters would lead Ginny next.
You'll be Curious to Read What the Next Envelope Says!
Reader reviewed by readerleo844
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson is about a girl named Ginny who leaves to London after receiving 13 little blue envelopes from her deceased aunt Peg.Every envelope Ginny opens after that takes her to new places and new people.In her journey Ginny learns so much about her aunt and starts finding herself.
If you are ready to take an adventure 13 Little Blue Envelopes is the right book.I really enjoyed reading this book and couldnt wait to read what the next envelope said and what the next task was.
This book was pretty much a dissappointment to me. At the times where I got excited, I ended up getting let down. And the ending wasnt all that great either. It sortof felt like a cliff hanger to me /: The whole plot is basically based on the title itself, as she tries to fufill the tasks in each envelop her deseased aunt left behind for her. She encounters a few characters here and there, gets confuse... and then it gets even more confusing from that point on. I wouldnt really reccomend it, but if you have nothing better to read, why not give it a shot?
Ginny takes off on an adventure based on 13 little blue envelopes that her Aunt Peg left her, some cash, and a set of instructions. She flies around the world, meeting new people, at times wondering just why is she doing all this. Characters jump in and out of this novel, and you can't help but to laugh at some of the things Ginny does. In the end, you're left with a great adventure you want to do yourself.
13 Little Blue Envelopes is about a girl named Ginny, who after her Grandmother's death is sent on a wild scavenger hunt throughout Europe with nothing but thirteen blue envelopes and her backpack. She must follow four simple rules:
Rule #1 You may only bring what fits in your backpack. Don't try to fake it with a purse or a carry on.
Rule #2 You may not bring guidebooks, phrasebooks, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals
Rule#3 You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, travelers checks etc. I'll take care of all of that.
Rule#4 No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can't call home or communtcate with anyone in the US by internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.
During this trip she learns alot about herself and her grandmother than she ever thought that she would. It was a great book I loved the concept of a scavenger hunt and I felt like I was a part of her journey accross Europe. It was an excelent Summer Read!