this book is so good. when i read this book i wanted it to happen to me! not the whole aunt dying situation but how there is so much adventure in this book. the plot reminds me of p.s. i love you the movie with hilary swank. its very intriguing. i finished it in a day!
Summary: Shy, average Ginny has been sent 13 little blue envelopes by her deceased aunt, Peg, to go on an adventure/game through Aunt Peg's carefree life. Aunt Peg has given instructions for Ginny to follow: don't bring guidebooks, you can't call home, you can't bring maps, etc. Ginny has to retrace the steps of her artist aunt's life, one city at a time, traveling all over Europe. Along the way Ginny meets some interesting characters: Aunt Peg's idol Mari, Richard (who Aunt Peg was roommates with), she finds herself living with the robotic family of the Knapps and Australians going as they pleased around Europe as well. She meets a boy, Keith, as well, who is a Londoner whom she falls for. Throughout the trip Ginny has to comply with specific tasks described in the envelopes her aunt wrote. At the end, Ginny has grown as a person and will see herself in a whole different way.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a charming book. Some parts are less great than others and some parts are very predictable and used a lot in books (Ginny being pushed to sing on karaoke even though she's shy, etc). We didn't see much of Keith, which I wanted more of. The Knapps were kinda weird and the Australians were whatever. The Richard part was baffling, kinda. I liked the 13th envelope, although the happy ending was kind of random. I wonder what happens to Ginny in the end (with Keith and all).
The main character is Ginny, whose life is the opposite of interesting. Her life is such a bore, even she is getting tired of it. She can't help but think of her Aunt Peg. Her aunt Peg was so exiting and full of life. There's only one problem: her aunt Peg disappeared three years ago, and no one knows where she is.
After receiving a letter from her MIA aunt, Ginny is forced to take a trip to various parts of the world, under her Aunt Peg's command. Following her 13 "little blue envelopes", Ginny finds out more about her aunt than she could have ever imagined. Plus, on her adventure she finds out much more about herself, as a person.
This book is amazingly written. There were hardly any boring spots within the book. It has won many awards, and I must say that I am not at all the least bit surprised. This is, by far, one of my favorite books.
Ginny Blackstone goes on adventure one summer lead by her dead "runaway aunt". Ginny was able to be herself around her aunt, silly, and adventerous rather than shy. But when her aunt just picks up and leaves Ginny feels abandoned. Then when her aunt dies, Ginny doesn't know what to do. It's a good thing that Ginny's aunt set up an adventure just for her. Ginny ends up traveling all over Europe, following Aunt Peg's rules and opening only one envelope at a time to find out her next location or task.
This book was truly amazing. You never knew exactly what would happen next, which i like in a book. Ginny's character was very developed but the rest including Keith's weren't. I would have loved to get inside Keith's head. 13 Little Blue Envelopes never left me bored thougg and that's what really counts.
I say to go out and buy this book! There's no rush, but it should definately be put in your to-be-read pile!
i thought that the book was pretty boring even thought the title and plot seemed pretty goood they did not take the whole thing as far as they should of and the could have mafde the book a lot better but the author can just learn for the next time they write a book, not tho make it go on as long as they should have dne in theis book
This book was'nt that interesting to me, because it gets confusing in the beginning when the main character decides to go on a trip to Europe based on her decieved aunt's wishes and letters, there she meets a english comedian who she has feelings to and she meets her aunt's boyfriend who reviels at the end what her aunt has been hiding and keeping to her, which is a room full of art collection that is worth thousands of dollars. I sisn't like this book, because it felt like it didn't have a general idea or point that i could remember.
Who doesn't like the idea of a dead relative leaving a will that includes money and a little bit of adventure? It was interesting in the beginning but the plot was lost in all the chaos, and misfortunes that the main character faces. Cool book for those of you that like traveling, makes you want to visit all those places but really has no point.
When I first picked up 13 little blue envelopes at the library, I was really excited to read it. The cover and the description on the back made this book seem exactly like a book that I would want to read, and it definitely was! There wasn't a part in it that i did not enjoy! I loved the way the author portrayed the characters and made them come to life.
This book starts out with a letter to 17 year old Ginny from her wild carefree aunt. Her aunt does what she wants to do and is quite the free spirit. The note has $1000 to buy a plane ticket for an impulsive journey to London. The aunt says she will supply everything she needs, but Ginny is only to bring what she can fit into a backpack, no guidebooks or aids, no extra money and no electronics - cell phones, laptops, etc. Who wouldn't jump on an opportunity like that! The letter tells her to go get a package from a favorite deli. She gets the package and inside are blue envelopes labeled 2-13, she is to open them one at a time in order and not open the following one until she's completed the "mission" in each letter. The thing is, Ginny's aunt has been dead for 3 months and the letters come as a surprise to Ginny. Ginny is a solid, shy good girl and she is a bit anxious about this trip but she goes. She is immediately out of her comfort zone as she goes from one place to another as per the envelopes, meeting very interesting people she wouldn't have normally met. You soon figure out that it's not so much the letters and tasks, it's about the adventure and you get excited to see what is in the next envelope. Ginny is not just on an adventure she is experiencing life , new places, and finding herself doing things she would not normally do. With the help of the friends she meets along the way, she stumbles along from one place to another, learning more about her aunt and herself with every letter she opens. There are many likeable and relatable characters in this book, many life lessons she learns, and a little love along the way. There is quite a surprise regarding the last envelope. This book is definatley a nice escape.
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.