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Preview — 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a story I can't sum up without rambling a little. It's all about a girl called Ginny, 17-years-old, who recieves 13 envelopes (blue ones, of course) from her Aunt Peg, who has died. She's informed (through letter) that she has to leave for a few weeks, trav ...more
(Random Fun Fact: This is my 13th book I have read in 2011. And I didn't even plan that. EHEHEH.)
Anyway, the reason for the confliction is that in the first three-fourths of this book, I could hardly stand it. However, I actually enjoyed the last fourth. The reason for this was that the main character underwent a character change from an idiotic girl with no personality to one who would actually be fun to talk to. I think the author was getting annoyed at ...more
Not a whole lot of back story about Ginny's life was given and I think Maureen Johnson did that for a reason. Because Ginny didn ...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
Maureen Johnson has quite the reputation in the YA world. She is admired by plenty of bloggers and produces a number of eccentric Tweets. I sped through 13 Little Blue Envelopes over the course of a weekend, and had no inclination to put it down. While this book gave me happy reminisces about my own European adventures and kept me entertained, I didn’t care for Ginny as a protagonist.
13 Little Blue Envelopes read like a mash-up between Cecilia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You and a David Levithan novel. ...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
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
The end of this book was perfect. With so much promise and personal growth for a seventeen year old girl character. She'd been on the verge of self-discovery and important life lessons learned without someone spilling the beans. ...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. ”