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Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson

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.

3 stars

The blurb is quite interesting. After her aunt Peg dies, Ginny receives 13 letters from her. She’s supposed to follow the instructions in each letter and then open the next one. Ginny is from United States and letters send her to Europe. But there are rules: for example, she can’t carry extra money and she’s not allowed to communicate with people in USA, including her parents. One of my problems with this book is that I just can’t believe that her parents would let her go on this trip. She’s only 17, she’s never lived on her own and they don’t even know exactly where she’s going. It would be more realistic if she was a few years older. I guess the author just wanted to get rid of the parents.

The book is written from Ginny’s POV, but when I finished the book, I knew more about other characters than I did about Ginny. It’s like everyone else is more alive than she is. She visits all those amazing places, but she doesn’t really seem excited about anything that happens.

But it’s not all bad. People Ginny meets and the places she visits are interesting. Sometimes she makes stupid choices, other times she does some really funny things. The writing style is fine, though some sentences were awkward. But I read the book in Croatian, so maybe the problem is in translation.

There’s a sequel: The Last Little Blue Envelope. I’ll probably read it one day.

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13 thoughts on “Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

  1. It seems good for a younger group than me, but since I teach high school English, I like to stay in the loop of what they are reading. Thanks for sharing I might have to take a look at it.

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  2. It’s an interesting plot, definitely one that would welcome a lot of colorful characters…but “fine” writing drives me nuts. I’d always prefer a well-written novel than an exciting one. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a good rainy day book.

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