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.