Review : 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Reviews, Young Adult Book Challenge 2009

Book:13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author:Maureen Johnson
Publisher : Harper Collins
Paperback: Oct 2006,
Pages : 318pg

From the book jacket:
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and her artist, a playwright/thief/bloke-about-town called Keith, go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous — though utterly romantic — results. Ginny isn’t sure she’ll see Keith again, and definitely doesn’t know what to think about him.

Could the answer be in the envelopes?

Ginny doesn’t know it, but adventures in Rome and Paris are in envelopes 6 and 8. The rules are that she has to open one at a time, in order, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that she discovers things about her life and love one by one. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

My Views:

Its fast, its funny , its entertaining, in some places its enlightening. Ginny Blackstone’s journey from New York to the beautiful locales of Europe is a story of growing up , understanding and discovering oneself. Ginny’s aunt Peg has given her 13 envelopes to be opened during various phases of the journey and through them Ginny learns about life and love and more importantly about her aunt Peg , who is now dead.

Ginny , who hasn’t ever travelled alone embarks on this journey with just a backpack of essential stuff sans any electronic gadget ( no phones, cameras ,laptops, music player or books) and a packet containing those 13 envelopes. What is written in the letters ? I am not give out everything here ,even though the book jacket gives out a lil too much..It’s worth the wait when you read the letters written by Peg just as they are supposed to be read. One after the other.

The best part of the book would be the travel. Europe is described really beautifully. It has made me want to visit those places so much..London, Scotland, Paris..

The style of writing though in third person never fails to keep you glued to the book. Ok, some places you do feel that it could have dealt with Ginny’s feeling in a more detailed manner but we can over look that. It is still a great book. If you get a chance to read it, please do.

  1. bookbabie says:

    I like a book that it takes you to different locations, sounds good:)

  2. Veens says:

    🙂 wow! I have really heard good things about this book! glad you loved it!