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Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Released: August 23, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rated: YA
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Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again? This book includes romance, adventure, travels, comedy, cheap airlines, new people, and an unforgettable journey. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

What I thought:

I thought 13 Little Blue Envelopes was pretty neat. I actually read this on the way home from the UK (with a side trip to Paris) so I was able to relate to Ginny as she explored a few of these places. Not a lot, but her first three stops were where we went, so I thought it was cool that I had seen what she did. So I had thought it was pretty cool that I waited to have read it.

The story was interesting, even if a bit sad and depressing. Ginny meets a whole slew of people on her journey to do what is in the envelopes but with only one character that really sticks along for the ride. I would have liked to have seen more of Richard though. We really don't get to see justice done to this character in the first book.

I did enjoy it, but I also have to admit it I didn't fall in love with it as much as a lot of other people. I enjoyed it, but I probably won't be rereading this one. The story, in the end, just isn't a happy one. It does revolve around the death of her aunt, so it's to be expected.

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Lisa said...

I love when you have been to the places that they talk about in books. It gives you more of a connection to the story.

Jules said...

I'm still uncertain whether I will ever get round to reading this one!

I do like reading books about places I have been or lived thou, it can sometimes connect you to a book so much more than you would otherwise.

Mary said...

It was a little sad, wasn't it? I didn't really like Ginny's fellow travelers in this one but it was still a great travel story.
Happy reading,
Mary @ Book Swarm

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