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13 Little Blue Envelopes

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Most helpful positive review
Really, what would you do? I like to think that I would be adventurous enough to take the envelopes and go, but in reality I know that I wouldn't be able to. Maureen had me hooked from the first letter. I couldn't put the book down, and at first i was reading it on a tiny little ipod screen through the kindle app. I knew that I wouldn't get the whole effect, so I went out and bought the book. I loved how the letters from Aunt Peg were obviously set apart from the rest of the book text and I was anxiously waiting to see what adventure Ginny would get into next. From landing in London and finding Richard to buying out all of the seats to Keith's shows; I felt like I was right there with Ginny. I may never get to do the traveling that I really want to, but through this book I have seen so many different places. Loved visiting Rome and the Vestal Virgins, the little Cafe in Paris and Greece were among my favorites. I have read a few reviews of this book were people don't really believe that parents would let their child roam another country with no contact, but I believe that with Ginny being 17, most parents might be ok with that; looking at it as taking time before college to explore. I like to think that i would let my daughter go, especially if I knew that her Aunt had planned most of it out. I was worried for Ginny during some of her trip and my heart broke for her at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the sequel to know what else Ginny can get into.

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From the acclaimed author of "The Key to the Golden Firebird." When Ginny receives 13 little blue envelopes with instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she's soon on an adventure that will change her in more ways than one. 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Specifications

Series Title
Little Blue Envelope
Publisher
HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
317
Author
Maureen Johnson
ISBN-13
9780060541439
Publication Date
December, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.30 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
0060541431

Customer Reviews

5 stars
33
4 stars
66
3 stars
15
2 stars
8
1 star
3
Most helpful positive review
Really, what would you...
Really, what would you do? I like to think that I would be adventurous enough to take the envelopes and go, but in reality I know that I wouldn't be able to. Maureen had me hooked from the first letter. I couldn't put the book down, and at first i was reading it on a tiny little ipod screen through the kindle app. I knew that I wouldn't get the whole effect, so I went out and bought the book. I loved how the letters from Aunt Peg were obviously set apart from the rest of the book text and I was anxiously waiting to see what adventure Ginny would get into next. From landing in London and finding Richard to buying out all of the seats to Keith's shows; I felt like I was right there with Ginny. I may never get to do the traveling that I really want to, but through this book I have seen so many different places. Loved visiting Rome and the Vestal Virgins, the little Cafe in Paris and Greece were among my favorites. I have read a few reviews of this book were people don't really believe that parents would let their child roam another country with no contact, but I believe that with Ginny being 17, most parents might be ok with that; looking at it as taking time before college to explore. I like to think that i would let my daughter go, especially if I knew that her Aunt had planned most of it out. I was worried for Ginny during some of her trip and my heart broke for her at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the sequel to know what else Ginny can get into.
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
I wanted to like this ...
I wanted to like this book but found it only mildly entertaining. The premise was interesting enough - a young American girl (Ginny) travels through Europe following instructions left to her in letters by a much loved and recently deceased aunt - but the writing was too superficial. The character development was minimal - despite this type of adventure clearly being out of character for Ginny the story line failed to impart any real sense of personal growth. Insights into the actual destinations visited were virtually non-existent - I was not surprised to read in the 'extra' information at the end of the book that the author had never even been to half the cities that she sent her lead character to! While I wasn't expecting a travel anthology the lack of depth and detail detracted from a story that was already struggling to hold my attention. While I realise the intended audience for this book is primarily teens/ young adults (of which I am not one!), I have read plenty of other YA fiction that is far better developed than this.
Most helpful positive review
Really, what would you...
Really, what would you do? I like to think that I would be adventurous enough to take the envelopes and go, but in reality I know that I wouldn't be able to. Maureen had me hooked from the first letter. I couldn't put the book down, and at first i was reading it on a tiny little ipod screen through the kindle app. I knew that I wouldn't get the whole effect, so I went out and bought the book. I loved how the letters from Aunt Peg were obviously set apart from the rest of the book text and I was anxiously waiting to see what adventure Ginny would get into next. From landing in London and finding Richard to buying out all of the seats to Keith's shows; I felt like I was right there with Ginny. I may never get to do the traveling that I really want to, but through this book I have seen so many different places. Loved visiting Rome and the Vestal Virgins, the little Cafe in Paris and Greece were among my favorites. I have read a few reviews of this book were people don't really believe that parents would let their child roam another country with no contact, but I believe that with Ginny being 17, most parents might be ok with that; looking at it as taking time before college to explore. I like to think that i would let my daughter go, especially if I knew that her Aunt had planned most of it out. I was worried for Ginny during some of her trip and my heart broke for her at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the sequel to know what else Ginny can get into.
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
I wanted to like this ...
I wanted to like this book but found it only mildly entertaining. The premise was interesting enough - a young American girl (Ginny) travels through Europe following instructions left to her in letters by a much loved and recently deceased aunt - but the writing was too superficial. The character development was minimal - despite this type of adventure clearly being out of character for Ginny the story line failed to impart any real sense of personal growth. Insights into the actual destinations visited were virtually non-existent - I was not surprised to read in the 'extra' information at the end of the book that the author had never even been to half the cities that she sent her lead character to! While I wasn't expecting a travel anthology the lack of depth and detail detracted from a story that was already struggling to hold my attention. While I realise the intended audience for this book is primarily teens/ young adults (of which I am not one!), I have read plenty of other YA fiction that is far better developed than this.
1-5 of 125 reviews

Really, what would you...

Really, what would you do? I like to think that I would be adventurous enough to take the envelopes and go, but in reality I know that I wouldn't be able to. Maureen had me hooked from the first letter. I couldn't put the book down, and at first i was reading it on a tiny little ipod screen through the kindle app. I knew that I wouldn't get the whole effect, so I went out and bought the book. I loved how the letters from Aunt Peg were obviously set apart from the rest of the book text and I was anxiously waiting to see what adventure Ginny would get into next. From landing in London and finding Richard to buying out all of the seats to Keith's shows; I felt like I was right there with Ginny. I may never get to do the traveling that I really want to, but through this book I have seen so many different places. Loved visiting Rome and the Vestal Virgins, the little Cafe in Paris and Greece were among my favorites. I have read a few reviews of this book were people don't really believe that parents would let their child roam another country with no contact, but I believe that with Ginny being 17, most parents might be ok with that; looking at it as taking time before college to explore. I like to think that i would let my daughter go, especially if I knew that her Aunt had planned most of it out. I was worried for Ginny during some of her trip and my heart broke for her at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the sequel to know what else Ginny can get into.

Romantic, interesting,...

Romantic, interesting, tender, and enviable: Ginny Blackstone's journey of geographical and self discoveries in 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is one that we all dream of. Who wouldn't want to be sent on a backpacking trip across Europe and do things we've never thought we were capable of doing? Ginny's free-spirited artist aunt, Peg, died from a brain tumor. After Peg's death, a package containing 13 sealed blue envelopes is delivered to Ginny. They send her on various missions across the seas in foreign lands. All of a sudden, Ginny finds herself lugging a heavy purple-and-green backpack onto a plane and into the London flat of a man named Richard. Peg's instructions in the envelopes further mess with Ginny's once passive existence as they instruct her to, for example, find a struggling artist whose work she admires to give money to. How does Aunt Peg seem to know that Keith, the artist Ginny chose, would be so cute and steal her heart like that? Despite the crazy, un-Ginny-like adventures she's having, Ginny still has doubts every once in a while of what the heck exactly is she doing in Europe. Will Ginny ever come to terms with the fact that she IS capable of everything her aunt had once done? 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is more than a fun ride through several European countries. It's a journey of self-discovery for Ginny, as a shy girl learns exactly what she is capable of. For those of us who do not have a wild aunt who will send us on an adventure through Europe, we can live through Ginny. I have read this book twice, and both times I could not put it down, preferring to lose sleep rather than wonder about what happens to Ginny.

Some teens want to be ...

Some teens want to be seen and speak out, others want to go unnoticed. For Ginny Blackstone, going unnoticed and being quiet was exactly where she wanted to be. This makes it hard to believe that an unpredictable, always moving, outgoing, bizarre artist is the aunt of shy seventeen year old Ginny Blackstone. Ginny Blackstone never imagined that she would receive a letter from her two years deceased aunt. Especially one that contained $1,000 for her to buy a one-way ticket to Europe. The thing that really surprised her was that her always rule-breaking aunt also gave her a list of what she could and couldn't bring with her. The first letter takes Ginny to her crazy aunt's apartment, where she gets a package containing the other twelve envelopes. The letters in the envelopes take Ginny on an amazing journey through different European countries to complete an array of different tasks. She finds new love, goes out of her comfort zone more than ever before, and has the adventure of a lifetime. Maureen Johnson writes with a lot of detail. From page one I felt like I was seeing everything Ginny was. It became clear how descriptive a writer the author was when Ginny first arrived in Europe. "Number 54A had a jagged crack running down the six concrete steps that led to its front door. Several large pots lined these steps, each containing plants that didn't exactly look like they had been condemned to death on purpose." This was one of my favorite parts of the book, because I could see this scene so vividly in my mind. All the characters in the book popped right off the pages! Throughout the whole book I felt everything Ginny felt. Her thoughts and feelings are that of a real teenage girl. Being one myself, I think Johnson captures the amount of conflict in a young female's mind. Like young Ginny we all are our own worst enemies and best friends. The author brings her characters to life in the most unbelievable ways. In all good books there is a little bit of romance. Ginny begins to have feelings for a young man. What teenage girl wouldn't fall for a young charming English actor who offers to help her? I wasn't a very big surprise that the young man was an actor. It is always an actor, artist, or musician. I was hoping for something a little less predictable. That was a little disappointing. Although as the book went on he began to grow on me. The book challenges readers. Showing that they can have an amazing time if they step out of their comfort zones every once an awhile. Ginny shows readers that trying new things can be alright. As it starts to get closer to the end, usually the reader has a pretty good idea of what is going to happen. This takes place in a lot of books. Reading this I thought I new what was going to happen. The last two chapters made my jaw drop. The ending was completely unexpected! It was a job well done by the author. The end of the book did leave me with too big of a cliffhanger. If that was what the author wanted, she definitely accomplished that goal. I personally am not a fan of big cliffhangers. Those very small things, were all that I didn't like about the book. Over all, "13 Little Blue Envelopes" was an adventurous story filled with a dab of romance and a sprinkle of traveler's fever, it baked into a book that challenges readers to take chances and try new things.

My Thoughts:Oh, Maure...

My Thoughts: Oh, Maureen Johnson, the things you do to me! Where do I even start? The first book I ever read by Maureen was Suite Scarlett and I fell in love with her writing right then! 13 Little Blue Envelopes certainly did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, and at times I wanted to scream. Ginny is sent on a wild goose chase by her aunt in the form of, you guessed it, 13 little blue envelopes. Each envelope has instructions telling Ginny where to go, what to do, or who to meet and rules about when and where to open the next envelope. I couldn't put the book down, I read it in one night! I had to find out what was in the next envelope. The setting is so well described you feel like you are traveling with Ginny most of the time. I was surprised to learn that Maureen hadn't been to all the places she sent Ginny to because it certainly seemed like she had. Talk about fantastic research! Ginny is an ordinary girl that gets an extraordinary opportunity, one I'm not sure I'd be so quick to accept. She's very down-to-earth and level-headed for most of the book, not just a crazy teenager on a whirlwind backpacking excursion. Keith got on my nerves, a lot. He was a typical annoying guy with horrible judgment. He was absolutely perfect! That seems like a total contradiction, but if Keith had been any other type of guy, the story would not have been what it was. He HAD to be annoying. It absolutely worked. This book definitely lights the travel fire in me. I'm just itching to go on a trip like Ginny's. The Verdict: Three words: So. Much. Fun. A definite must read for anyone who's ever traveled or is just dying to!

Ginny has always been ...

Ginny has always been a bit of a straight edge. The only person who lossened her up was her aunt. So when a letter arrived in the mail from her aunt ordering her to go to an apartment in NYC Ginny decides to follow. Even though her aunt's been dead for a couple months. This book show a wild chase that Ginny takes through all sorts of European countires while following letters from her Aunt. This book is touching and moving in ways that I didn't expect. It's not a romance novel, but there's still a touch of romance and life.

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