- Reading level: 13+ years
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (3 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062439103
- ISBN-13: 978-0062439109
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Customer Reviews: 133 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
13 Little Blue Envelopes
About the Author
Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.
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But now, I can proudly say that I finished reading this book solely through the Audiobook.
And I loved it. I loved the crazy aunt Peg, and I loved Virginia and Keith too. I loved the narration as well because it was easy to understand and I was actually able to fast forward it.
The places Virginia visits are described so beautifully that I felt I was there. It was a beautiful experience.
I also loved the letters and the pictures on them and Aunt Peg's other paintings. They were all so beautiful!
The writing style was super, the characters though many, were all awesome and I absolutely loved it! Now I'll on to the book two!
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so I guess my expectations were low.
I loved this book.
No it didn't blow me away like some books I have read. So why the 5 stars? I really enjoyed it. It didn't put me
through a huge emotional rollercoaster, but sometimes your emotions need a rest. I felt like I had made the journey
with Ginny, visited the places, experienced what she experienced. That is all I expect from a book like this.
I wish I could just take off on a crazy, unplanned journey where you don't know what will happen next and after
reading this I feel a little like I have. It was really well written, genuinely funny and there were parts
that made me feel sad. So not a life changing event, reading this book, but thoroughly enjoyable. I am desperate
to find out what was in the 13th envelope, and it just so happens I have "The Last Little Blue Envelope" sat on
my bookshelf, waiting. So I'm going to go read it ......
She is left 13 blue envelopes by a favourite, rather eccentric,deceased aunt. The instructions are explicit - open them at a specific time and follow the instructions contained within. Ginny could have open all of the envelopes at one time - she doesn't which in itself is curious but as she opens the first - she finds money and instructions to buy a one-way ticket to London. She must take only a back back, no ipod, mobile phone, laptop or the general trappings attached to the average teen. On the plane she opens no 2. That envelope tells her what to do and where to go initially. After that, there is a certain amount of strange free choice with each letter, which then makes Ginny's voyage into the unknown far more her own than her aunt's exact planning. This book (and its sequel , which is also a must read). The ending is not what you think it will be. This book is dramatically hitting the book charts in the US and I am really confused as to why this is not happening in the UK. For both parents and late teens this is a MUST READ. 13 Little Blue Envelopes..Then read the last little blue envelope.
The reader bit by bit learns about the nature of Ginny and her aunt and while all the scenerios are well written and exciting, it felt like there was something missing. The places all felt real, so well described it felt like I was right there. But to make this a brilliant read, I would have preferred some emotions.
Ginny meets Keith, a struggling artist. The only indication we get that she likes him is her inability to speak, and the writer telling us she a crush on him...apart from that, there was no indication. No fluttery butterflies, no longing glances, nothing.
The same with her travelling. It felt like Ginny was only going through the motions. I would have loved to read how scared or alone Ginny felt or how excited. A lot of the time it read more like an essay than a novel.
Asides from this, it was a good book and a fun read.
The story follows Ginny as she goes on a mad and random journey following a series of instructions given to her in envelopes by her late aunt. It initially takes her to London then off further afield in Europe and beyond. The idea of doing something so impulsive without a real plan thought through is so fascinating as I could never see myself having the courage to do anything of the sort.
For me the journey goes on it both very exciting and quite sad as she traces the foot steps of her aunt whom she never got the chance to say goodbye to.
Along her journey she randomly meets Keith. I loved Keith and how his personality was completely mirrored in the type of tasks Ginny found herself completing and I loved the relationship they built up between them over the course of the book.
A quirky offering from Maureen Johnson which I really did enjoy.
This book is full of surprises and really uses the 5 senses to help the reader get the full experience.I really enjoyed this book and I didn't want to put it down. I am now really looking forward to reading the next book! (the last little blue envelope)