13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

20 Feb

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.

13 Little Blue Envelopes was just a wonderfully fun book. FUN! I mean, there’s more to it than that, but fun is the first word that comes to mind when I think of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. But under the fun of watching Ginny follow the path of the envelopes there were themes of love, family, accepting and forgiving. And in the end it was all about Ginny find her way and her place in life.

For me, this was like one of those old English tales where the hero or heroine went off on a quest and met up with not only obstacles, but also friendly and interesting characters along the way. The envelopes were in a way like Ginny’s yellow brick road and she had no choice but to follow them.

There were also lessons to be learned, but the reader wasn’t smashed over the head with them. They were there, but they were well placed and interwoven within the story.

I know I’m not being as articulate as I should, but I really liked this book.

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