13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonJuly 14, 2008
Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 319.
Rating: 3 of 5.
It was: BLAWSOME.
Summary: Shy, average Ginny has been sent 13 little blue envelopes by her deceased aunt, Peg, to go on an adventure/game through Aunt Peg’s carefree life. Aunt Peg has given instructions for Ginny to follow: don’t bring guidebooks, you can’t call home, you can’t bring maps, etc. Ginny has to retrace the steps of her artist aunt’s life, one city at a time, traveling all over Europe. Along the way Ginny meets some interesting characters: Aunt Peg’s idol Mari, Richard (who Aunt Peg was roommates with), she finds herself living with the robotic family of the Knapps and Australians going as they pleased around Europe as well. She meets a boy, Keith, as well, who is a Londoner whom she falls for. Throughout the trip Ginny has to comply with specific tasks described in the envelopes her aunt wrote. At the end, Ginny has grown as a person and will see herself in a whole different way.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a charming book. Some parts are less great than others and some parts are very predictable and used a lot in books (Ginny being pushed to sing on karaoke even though she’s shy, etc). We didn’t see much of Keith, which I wanted more of. The Knapps were kinda weird and the Australians were whatever. The Richard part was baffling, kinda. I liked the 13th envelope, although the happy ending was kind of random. I wonder what happens to Ginny in the end (with Keith and all).