13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)
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 t...more
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When Virginia Blackstone (Ginny) receives the first blue envelope from her Aunt Peg in the mail, it sends her on an exciting, funny, and sometimes poignant adventure that readers will be delighted to join. The envelope contains $1,000 in cash, and the instructions to pick up a package of envelopes that start Ginny on a trip around Europe, tracing the steps of her eccentric Aunt. The instructions are specific; no cell phones, no maps, and Ginny can only...more
17 year old Ginny doesn't think twice about it. She jets to her first destination, London. From there on it's one big ride. She goes through many experiences, and although it's a decent read, I just was not in love with the boo...more
First, I'll admit that this is definitely a fast-paced read. I was never bored with the story. The constant change of setting kept the book clipping along at a pretty breakneck speed. Ginny visits a crazy amount of countries i...more
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It wasn't very good, and while the plot is a nice idea, the author didn't really write it very well.
I mean, who would let thier daughter go overseas with no contact to the US and only carrying what she could fit in her backpack. And only haveing 1000 US dollars to spend. In addition to several other appalling facts, some of which are:
letting your daughter do the following:
1 stay with a...more
Mini mini review
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a quick, light read that will intrigue young readers from the first page. This 'road trip novel' is filled with adventure and a cute romance. Maureen Johnson manages to pull off an entertaining story in 300 pages that may not fulfil older readers' expectations.
Looking at the Goodreads shelves for 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I'm quite positive that this should actually be under 'Middle Grade'. Now I love the MG genr...more
I enjoyed this enough as I read it - I was sick, jetlagged and in need of something pleasantly escapist – and this book did the trick. It’s a light, fun read and I quite like Maureen Johnson’s writing (admittedly more so in her other books than this one, though).
But ultimately I just found the story rather forgettable (and a little implausible). I found Ginny to be a fairly delible (thank you, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks for the neglected positive there!) character...more
I love Maureen Johnson. I do. I think she's pretty, and smart, and hilarious, and charming, and witty, plus I'm insanely looking forward to her upcoming book, The Name of the Star, and blah blah blah I have a girl crush on her, we get it. But I do not, not, definitely not, have an author crush on her.
And the reason for that is that I didn't like this book.
Why didn't I like it? Well...
Okay, for starters, Ginny, the MC, has zero personality. Maybe...more
For instance, when the MC goes in the Louvre, it is mentioned that she checks her backpack in at the front--kind of like a coat check. Okay. No problem.
But then, as she is trying to get out of the Louvre she kind of starts going down random hall after hall in search of an exit and finally finds...more
I had moments in this book where I just wished that it would be okay to write about a teenage girl that was maybe not totally self assured cause no one is, but that at least doesn't make you cringe of...more
Here's the thing - I love travel stories. I love coming of age stories. So what's not to love about a coming of age story that involves lots and lots of traveling?
It's a hard question to answer, and the fastest way to answer it is: Aunt Peg is one seriously bitter person.
She lives without having constants. Fair enough. She does all sorts of menial, petty jobs while waiting for her career as an artist to hit off. Alright with me. Then she packs up and leaves for...more
My main issue here: I could not suspend my disbelief. Willing suspension of disbelief is pretty integral for a book like this (girl jets around Europe on her dead aunt's dime...her parents never once check up on...more
I've been seeing this book in our bookstore for a long time but the title was really the one that caught my attention. It seems very interesting and cute! Of course, my curiosity for those 13 little blue envelopes and the messages they carry was killing me. LOL! I expected a lot of adventures and funny scenes, and the book never failed in any point. What I didn't expect is the ability...more
Ginny's character is someone that I think most people will be able to relate to. She's brave, even if she doesn't seem to think so (who hops on a plane at the whim of a dead person? Not me) but also has a more vulnerable, insecure side. There were times while I was reading where I wishe...more
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...more
Not a winner, for me.
What i.e. ticked me was the money issue: No way can you take planes and trains to and fro Europe's capital cities and pay stays in youth hostels for less than 1300 Pounds altogether, if you have not booked your seat months earlier. But there was much more to like than to criticize.
I especially liked the subtle humor tickling throughout the book. And I liked Ginny's pers...more
What a brilliant book! I got this free on my kindle from Amazon and I wasn't expecting much but I couldn't put it down! It was truly a great read which had really lovable, different and unique characters throughout that had me loving every page!
I have just discovered there is another book after it and I'm r...more
A lot of the travel stuff *was* very authentic and struck a very strong chord with me. The only thing I really missed were the Canadians, although she definitely got the Taking Up With Random Australians thing.
I think it would be a great book to read before traveling, or while traveling. Excellent travel feel, with...more
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Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han...more
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Rule #2: You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.
Rule #3: You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, travelers’ checks, etc. I’ll take care of all that.
Rule #4: No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can’t call home or communicate with people in the U.S. by Internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.
That’s all you need to know for now. ”