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{December 6, 2012}   {Review} 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

103126165From Goodreads: 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?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.


I loved this novel.  I’ve had it in my sights forever, and once I bought it, nearly two years ago, I meant to read it right away, but, obviously, that didn’t happen.  This seems to be the pattern I fall into… I put off a novel, and just keep putting it off, until one day I read it and want to kick myself in the seat for not reading it much sooner, because it’s so good! The same thing happened with The Hunger Games and Divergent, and if I were a betting woman, I’d say the same thing will happen when I eventually get around to The Mortal Instruments novels by Cassandra Clare.  But, about 13 Little Blue Envelopes…

Honestly, I had such a good time reading this novel.  That probably sounds weird, but I really connected with Ginny.  Yes, it’s a bit unreal that she just picks up and goes to London on a whim, with just a thousand bucks, wandering aimlessly and meeting up with strangers all because of notes left to her, but I loved it.  And, who is to say that things like this don’t really happen?   I wish it would happen to me…

What I really loved about this novel is Ginny’s phenomenal character.  She’s a real sweetheart, and she’s also traveling all around Europe, like I did, once upon a time.  It was amazing reading about her interactions with people as she was “sightseeing,” following the envelopes her aunt left her.  I loved the many descriptions concerning what Ginny saw as she attempted to fulfill each envelope’s request, and it really felt like I was right there alongside Ginny.  Her many adventures reminded me so much of my time abroad, and though we were both there under different circumstances, it brought back so many awesome memories for me, which, in turn, made this such an amazing read.  If you’ve ever been to Europe, or if you’ve ever wanted to go, I highly suggest you read this amazing novel!  Five stars.

5 stars

I purchased this novel from Amazon.


KtTurner says:

Haha, I bought this one over 12 months ago and only read it in September this year. It looked really good, then I got distracted. I did love it when I finally got around to reading it. Haven’t managed to pick up book 2 yet to find what’s in number 13. Great review!

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