13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 0060541431
Pages: 336
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.


  1. I bought this a few months ago, this one and Suite Scarlett sounded the most appealing to me, I just have to give Maureen Johnson a try!

  2. Sounds like a fun read -thanks for the review.

  3. I’ve looked at this one so many times at work but never bought it — I think I’ll have to pick it up soon!

  4. As usual gr8 review! i m goin gto look this up 😉

  5. This was on my list for the Numbers Challenge last year but I didn’t get around to it. I’ll probably read it for this year’s Numbers Challenge. Great review.

  6. Oooooo…this does look good! I’ll see if I can locate a copy.

  7. I love the premise too – it is on my shelf – got to get it down and read it one of these days.

  8. This book sounds great. I really enjoy teen books every once in a while-there are so many that are such good stories-Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants or the Sara Shepard series I read. This looks like one I’ll have to add to the list.

  9. that’s an interesting concept.. should read this one sometime..:)

  10. Yes, it’s me again…

    I wanted to drop by and wish you an awesome Thanksgiving. 🙂

  11. The premise reminds me of P. S. I Love You a little but more adventure than sad.

  12. I just discovered MJ when reading Let It Snow…loved her story best! Found your blog while looking for recommendations for which MJ book to read next…

  13. that book your roots are showing? what does that mean book giveaway it looks really cute i love books like that

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