Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Release Date: August 23, 2005
Genre: Teen, Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back of the book:
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 ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.
I thought the premise of 13 Little Blue Envelopes sounded really interesting – a seventeen-year-old girl sent on a trip across Europe by her aunt, with only 13 letters from her aunt to guide her. It was great reading about all the destinations that Ginny was fortunate enough to visit; I was only sorry that in some, she didn’t get to enjoy them for all they were worth!
Ginny herself was a great character. Insecure and unsure of herself, it is amazing what she accomplishes on her own over she summer, as well as the confidence it gives her. It is satisfying to watch her character develop as she follows her aunt’s instructions and does some outlandish and brave things that she never would have accomplished on her own. This is a great book for teenage girls who are hesitant to come out of their shell – Ginny is a great role model. (But I can’t guarantee that teenagers won’t be begging for their own trip to Europe after they read 13 Little Blue Envelopes!)
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a novel that will appeal to all ages, though I think teens will get the most out of it. Its sense of mystery and adventure, coupled with Ginny’s self-exploration, makes for a rewarding journey that all can appreciate and enjoy.