Oct 062010
Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2005
Pages: 335
From Goodreads:
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.
This may be the fastest book I have had in a long time – it literally took 3 hours to read. The premise of this book sounded really intriguing but fell a little short for me. It was difficult to get into and figure out what exactly was going on. The cover was also very confusing – besides the border that looks like mail postage it does not relate to the story at all.
The one thing that got me hung up the most is how unrealistic it was. What girl in high-school backpacks to Europe by themselves with no money, means of communications, or plans to stay anywhere? I realize that the aunt that sent her on this trip was eccentric and flighty, but I still couldn’t get past the craziness of it. I did enjoy reading about the off-the-wall things the aunt did while traveling and even envied her free spirit.
I think that if I could have gotten past the unrealistic plot of the book I would have enjoyed it more. But alas, it didn’t quite work out that way. 

  2 Responses to “13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson”

  1. How funny. I actually knew people who did this sort of thing in real life, and I went off traveling on my own like that, so I really could relate to this book. It’s my favorite of all of Johnson’s that I’ve read. I agree the cover’s a little weird though.

  2. Oh wow! I guess you would definitely relate to the book having experienced it! It was just a bit too far-fetched for me, but then again I never traveled to Europe in high school (unfortunately). I’m willing to give her other books a try.

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