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.
I love love love Maureen Johnson. I have only read The Bermudez Triangle before (also reviewed here on this blog) but her blog (link to the right) is hilarious and I'm slowly reading her novels. Slowly because I have so much other crap to read for school and then the ARCs I happen to snag. Anyway, 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a really great novel from Maureen.
The idea of traveling throughout Europe on your own is something everyone wishes they were brave enough to do. And we all envy the ones who are brave enough. The novel shows that it is possible for anyone to do things that scare them or things they don't believe they could do. We can be brave while still being ourselves. It is a great message and a great book.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
*brief nudity *homosexuality of a minor character involved in two chapters *sensuality *sexual references
this book was very good and i think that any reader with an open mid should enjuy it. if you ahve the desire to travel abroad or if you like thingk about faraway places then you should definetly read this book.
the author does a great job of portraying the average teenagers life even though most dont go on scavenger humt throughout europe.
Ginny receives a pack of letters and some money from her now deceased Aunt. Her Aunt wants her to open only one letter at a time and do/go what/where they tell her. Ginny is soon launched into a series of adventures that she will never forget...
This book is a funny and entertaining novel. Throughout the whole novel you will find yourself guessing at the purpose of all the envelopes. The end of the book was a little unsatisfactory but it couldn't have ended any other way. It was a great read!
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.