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Little Blue Envelopes Inside little blue envelope are and instructions to buy a plane ticket In envelope are directions to a specific London flat The note in envelope tells Ginny Find a starving artist Because

  • Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
  • Author: Maureen Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780062439109
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 a playwright thief bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results But will she evInside 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 a playwright thief bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results But will she ever see him again Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.Ages 12

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    1. Lucy on said:

      13 Little Blue Envelopes suffers from DPS. Disappearing Parent Syndrome is a tragic epidemic in YA novels. In this case the DPS was particularly severe. Seventeen year old Ginny Blackstone goes on a trip to Europe sponsored by her deceased aunt. Aunt Peg was not reliable when she was around. In fact, during the last several years of Ginny's life Peg was in Europe. She died without contacting the family to let them know she was suffering from a prolonged illness. The family was just expected to p [...]

    2. Hailey (HaileyinBookland) on said:

      2.5*This was a quick read but at the same time I felt like it dragged, nothing had any real depth so I just was questioning what the point of the story was and why these characters existed.

    3. Shannon on said:

      Unimpressive. The way Johnson writes is annoying; more than halfway into the book, I really didn't know ANYTHING about the main character, other than that she was on a (ridiculous) journey. It was all action and no thought. It was not insightful. The main character was not likeable. She wasn't unlikeable either. She was just like.g things. She didn't have very many thoughts. And never very insightful ones (ie "I like this boy! I am sad. I am happy. I am angry"). COME ON. There was no attempt mad [...]

    4. Lisa on said:

      I am not going to review this book except to say the thing that made me crazy. There were several instances in this book where something was mentioned and you think it is important and then it was dropped.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 [...]

    5. Kathryn on said:

      I read this book as an assignment from a mother-daughter book club that I am in with some friends from B.F. Day.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 [...]

    6. Katya on said:

      Oh, book. I had such hopes for you.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 [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      This book is like NOTHING I have ever read before. It is very refreshing and wity, and definitely for travel lovers.

    8. Aly (Fantasy4eva) on said:

      I liked the premise. It was sort of interesting and cute. Dead Aunt sends niece on this unpredictable and slightly loony journey. (maybe not so cute). One very similar to the one that her aunt took when she felt a little lost and was dealing with a bit of a reality check. 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 [...]

    9. Kayley Hyde on said:

      If you've ever been to Europe, thought about going to Europe, wanted to go about Europe or even heard of Europeyou'll love this book. It's a quick, fun summer read. Very clever and warm-hearted. I love the characters, the plot and just everything about it. It always keeps you guessing. One of my favourites. Maureen never lets me down.

    10. Zoë on said:

      I listened to this book as an audio book during my drive to New Orleans which made me dislike the book even more (I didn't enjoy the reader's voice). I enjoyed the book in the beginning but soon felt like the story was dragging and every country visited after Paris was unnecessary. I also didn't really like any character in this book, they had no depth and weren't interesting or likable. The concept of this book was so intriguing but I was disappointed.

    11. Olivia-Savannah Roach on said:

      13 Little Blue Envelopes was a book which had been in my TBR pile for quite some time. I was glad to finally be able to read it after I discovered Anissa @ TheBookworm Central wanted to reread it. We read it together and it was so nice to discuss this read with someone!What I loved the most about the story would have to be the traveling side of things. Ginny’s trip takes her all across Europe to places like London, Denmark, Amsterdam and so many more places. As she is an American, she really g [...]

    12. Jennifer Wardrip on said:

      Reviewed by Dena Landon for TeensReadTooWhen 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 ope [...]

    13. Melanie on said:

      See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 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 shelves for 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I'm quite positive that this should actually be under 'Middle Grade'. Now I love the MG genre, in fac [...]

    14. Flannery on said:

      This book would be more aptly marketed as a book about what NOT to do on a trip abroad rather than a YA quasi-adventure/quasi-romance. The most common emotion it drew out of me was annoyance. What parent lets their 17-year-old child go to Europe alone WITH NO SUPPLIES? No parents, that's who. Ginny wasn't properly equipped to travel the way she did. She talks to strangers, goes back to apartments with random people, just walks around some places at night, and leaves her crap unattended like it i [...]

    15. Yoda on said:

      It's a such amazing story! Well written, interesting and unexpected. Maureen Johnsons discriptions were so vivid I could've swore I was traveling through Europe with her. It's an easy read, and a really feel good kind of novel. All about finding yourself in the midts of unkown cities and countries. Thank you Maureen Johnson for taking me on this incredible journey.

    16. Angel Gelique on said:

      Ginger "Ginny" Blackstone, a seventeen-year-old college-bound girl, receives a letter from her deceased aunt instructing her to pick up a package from her former apartment. The package contains twelve additional envelopes, numbered two through thirteen. As per her aunt's insistence, Ginny must open an envelope only after completing the task from the previous envelope. The first envelope sends her to London with no money, cell phone, computer or guidebook. Ginny begins her adventure.I honestly wa [...]

    17. Katie on said:

      I really wanted to read this book while I was in China because it has to do with travel. I was traveling, Ginny was traveling - it seemed the thing to do. I read it in two days, as well, which is saying something. But still, there was something lacking for me in this novel.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 [...]

    18. Merythapy on said:

      Yeah, it's unrealistic: no parents would send their daughter off for a month with no contact, especially if she's never travelled before. But who really cares? It's a fairy tale. 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 jus [...]

    19. Shay on said:

      Aunt Peg is dead and the thing she left Ginny? A little blue envelope with $1000 and the instructions to buy a plane ticket. So begins the adventure! This is a lovely tale of a girl following the trail of her aunt's life and discovering herself along the way.

    20. Reynje on said:

      2.5 starsI 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!) cha [...]

    21. Ying on said:

      I felt that this was only an okay book from Maureen Johnson and that it paled in comparison to my favorite from her, Girl at Sea. There was a good plotline that promised adventure and romance in a foreign country that I was dissappointed to find did not exist. While it was an excellent idea, I felt the story did not develop well enough and it didn't go too in-depth. This book could have been better written but otherwise, still a good read.

    22. April on said:

      13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson is a modern day coming of age story. It centers around Virginia 'Ginny' Blackstone, a 17 year old girl who is given a letter in a blue envelope. The letter tells her to fly to London, but she can't bring any crutches. What ensues is a fantastic adventure.Read the rest of my review here

    23. Brooke ♥booklife4life♥ on said:

      Basic InfoFormat: Audio Pages/Length: 6hrs and 52mins.Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary. At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Insta.Cliff Hanger: Eh.Triggers: n/aRating: 2 StarsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:8Plot: 7Characters: 6World Building: 5Flow:5Series Congruity: n/aWriting: 6Ending: 6Total: 5In DeptBest Part: Paris!Worst Part: Boringggg.Thoughts Had: really!; that's how you get raped!; boredddddd.ConclusionContinuing the Series: ehRecommending: ehShort Review: Okay every time i [...]

    24. F on said:

      After hearing a lot of praise surrounding Maureen Johnson, I decided to give one of her books ago. Admittedly I chose13 Little Blue Envelopesas it happened to be cheap in the Kindle Store, knowing little about the book I plunged straight in with high expectations. These were dashed remarkably quickly.Our heroine, Ginny, is ridiculous from the beginning. Perhaps it is because that is all we know of her, her name. Despite assurances that Ginny's mother is strictly disapproving, especially of her w [...]

    25. Grace on said:

      The concept of the story, and especially the way the story unfolded, was so preposterous that it makes Twilight realistic. Seventeen year old Ginny receives 13 envelopes from her aunt, and needs to follow the instructions one at a time. This involves going to Europe and getting into stupid situations that miraculously resolve themselves. The first quarter of the story wasn't bad. The envelope containing Ginny's instructions to help an artist through donating a generous gift, were described with [...]

    26. Neil on said:

      This was a book which seems to have sat on my Kindle forever, and kept on being pushed further down the list of to-read books, as more were added. Somehow I managed to reorder the dates so that the oldest books appeared first on the list, with this book being near the top as a consequence.I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this book, and by the author who was previously unknown to me. There was nothing about the book that I disliked, it was very well planned out with wonderful char [...]

    27. Léa Becomeadinosaur on said:

      J'ai emprunté ce livre à la bibliothèque car je me souvenais l'avoir lu lorsque j'étais adolescente. Mais impossible de me souvenir de l'histoire et du dénouement ! J'ai beaucoup aimé l'histoire des petites enveloppes et de la quête que mène Ginny. Je suis persuadée que ce type d'aventure ne peut que faire grandir et faire prendre du recul sur la vie que nous menons. Je pense que je rêve secrètement de réaliser ce type de voyage initiatiquePetit bémol sur l'écriture un peu trop "si [...]

    28. Miriam Mathew on said:

      This was a light, fluffy read which I particularly enjoyed. I really liked the characters- they had a sense of depth to them and each place that the heroine travelled to was described in a specific way that made it really easy for me to visualise the scene. Overall, I think it deserves 3 stars.

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