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13 Little Blue Envelopes Paperback – September 26, 2006
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There was something about Maureen Johnson's 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES that appealed to me from the moment I saw the cover, and read the synopsis about the story. An air of mystery and adventure that drew me in from page one. Ginny is an intriguing character, who can seem aloof, or shy at times, but is really fun once you truly delve into the story, and see what she's about. The adventures that she takes part in - and allows the reader to accompany her on - are exciting, and leave the reader ready to truly explore Europe on a backpacking trip of his/her own. Johnson has done a marvelous job of accurately conveying the mixed feelings of a teenager on her own, and the butterflies of first love, and has wrapped them all together in this nice little package. A first-class novel that will be cherished for generations.
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
Now, though, she is sending Ginny on a journey. It starts in London and will end up...who knows where? On the way, she'll meet interesting people, see exotic places, and, most of all, get to better know the aunt she lost.
The idea behind the story is original and interesting, sure to be appreciated by readers for the fact that it is both fun and meaningful. The characters are all interesting, unique, and believable. Readers will come to know Peg, who has been dead for three months at the start of the novel, through her letters and the journey she took through Europe that Ginny is retracing. Among the interesting people met by Ginny on her travels are Keith, a performance artist who was a bit of a delinquent in the past, and Richard, a friend of her aunt's who once sold underpants to the Queen of England, and various other colorful characters.
For some reason, it took me awhile to get into this story, but once I did, I was hooked. The ending was a little more open than I would have liked, but this is a good book that teens are sure to enjoy. Fans of Maureen Johnson's other books are sure to like 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. Having read two of her other novels (DEVLILISH and THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE ), I was slightly disappointed with this one; it didn't grab my attention quite as quickly or keep my mind quite as occupied as those other two books, but it was still enjoyable, thought-provoking, and certainly worth reading.
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce
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The plot itself is interesting, with the added bonus of being much different from most of the YA books on the shelves right now. Throughout the book, Johnson throws surprises and great chances for character development at the protagonist, Ginny, who shows fabulous arc through the book. Not only does she have travel opportunities that will leave readers wanting to hop on the next Trans-Atlantic, but her writing is fresh enough to keep the pages flying by as well.
Johnson is well known for being one of the most accessible, entertaining YA writers in the field right now. She definitely doesn't disappoint with Little Blue Envelopes - her concise, realistic prose and eye for charming, absurd details makes this a definite keeper. If you're looking for a fun, surprisingly moving book...this is the one for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was ok. I was not bowled over by it. I thought that is was a great concept, and then I got to the end. It felt too abrupt and I had no closure. It was just ok.Published 5 days ago by Doc W
Enjoyed this read, although perhaps I would've liked the aunt's letters to be longer and more in-depth. Read morePublished 8 days ago by C. Lemanski
I read this book and the sequel. I really enjoyed the plot - it was not predictable. The characters were well developed. Read morePublished 25 days ago by J. Donahue
This is a well written, heart felt book that was a pleasure to read. Do yourself a favor and let this one take you on a blue envelope adventure.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read this book a couple of years ago. It was pretty good. I didn't think I would like it, but it was a really good read.Published 1 month ago by Monique
This book want a bad book but I didn't really think it was that good. Idk it just wasn't a page turner for mePublished 4 months ago by Taylor Hill-Miles
I really liked this book. Very good story. I see that the author spent quite some time on the plot focusing on the main character.