Book club book #1: 13 Little Blue Envelopes


Book: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson

Number of pages: 319

Plot, according to the back of the book:
Would you follow the directions?
Would you travel around the world?
Would you open the envelopes one by one?
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope blue 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 13 little blue envelopes.

Plot, in my own words:
Ginny is a regular teenager in high school living her normal, non-adventurous life. Then she gets a letter from her aunt, aka blue envelope 1, in which $1,000 and a letter await. She takes off for London, as the envelope instructs her to do, and is led on this wild European adventure where she learns life lessons through thirteen letters written to her by her crazy aunt. Each envelope contains a task, and the catch is she cannot open the following envelope without first completing the task of the previous one. The rules: she is not allowed to have any communication with America. No guide books, no maps, no journals, no phone, and only one backpack are allowed.

Thoughts, comments, questions, concerns:
I loved this book. Really loved it. I read it in one day and only put it down when my mother or father called me. The story flows effortlessly and not once did it seem to drag or appear dull. Humor was peppered all throughout the story and that Maureen knows how to work a sentence. The characters are unique. Keith (enter romance) is funny, always seems to be there when needed, and big into theater. He wrote a musical called “Starbucks: The Musical.” It can’t get better than that. Ginny, the main character, is independent, but would much prefer to be with someone on her journey than alone. I really like this character. She makes you feel as though you could take a road trip across Europe, or even just rough it around America. Brilliant.

I also loved that this was set in Europe, mainly London. The rather important parts of the story took place in Harrods. My second home! I remembered all of those places the character went, knew all of the tourist troubles she found herself in. It was great. Same with Paris. I think that had a small advantage on my liking it or not liking it.

Bottom line:
Read this book. Please. As soon as I finished it I passed it along to my mother for her to read, and next in line is my sister. And no, you don’t necessarily have to be a girl to enjoy this. Sure you may enjoy it more if you are a girl, but it is not too terribly chick-lit. I can’t wait to get Maureen’s other books.

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One response to “Book club book #1: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

  1. Tee

    Sounds like a unique plot. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

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