Monday, 17 July 2017

13 Little Blue Envelopes [Book Review & Giveaway!]

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Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published Date: 23rd August 2005
Rating: 3 Stars


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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a book which had been in my TBR pile for quite some time. I was glad to finally be able to read it after I discovered Anissa @ TheBookworm Central wanted to reread it. We read it together and it was so nice to discuss this read with someone!

What I loved the most about the story would have to be the traveling side of things. Ginny’s trip takes her all across Europe to places like London, Denmark, Amsterdam and so many more places. As she is an American, she really gets culture shock and the author highlights elements of the cultures that I didn’t know, or hadn’t realised were so unique. As I am from Europe, I’d been to quite a few of these places, or lived in them, so it was nice to see them represented realistically and so beautifully depicted. It’s almost like an international road trip – who can’t appreciate that?


I liked reading these envelopes for ourselves, and discovering a little bit more about her Aunt in each one. It’s important to remember that everything happening is part of Ginny’s grieving process as well. I’m not sure whether I like her aunt or not still – she was wonderfully wacky, but scared to really be herself and settle down. And she hurt people because of that. But you have to admire her really independent and artistic nature at the same time.

I also liked Ginny’s character. She was extremely quiet and shy – even more so than me. I can be pretty shy sometimes but Ginny took it to a new level. I liked her weirdness and quirkiness. Although sometimes, I have to admit that I found that Ginny was the kind of person who let things happen to her, rather than took advantage of them herself. She was kind of innocent and oblivious to some things around her which bothered me at times. But not too much.


I think this novel showed the benefits and the cons to traveling solo as well. But then again, she didn’t have much guidance throughout the whole thing.

What I didn’t like about the novel had to be the ending. I was really getting invested, when all of a sudden the ending came. It did close some ends, but then it didn’t close some either. I didn’t agree with the choice that Ginny made in the end. It’s a personal thing, but I was also pretty disappointed.



You’re probably thinking it’s the only negative thing I mentioned in the review, so why does it only get three stars? Because although I did enjoy the novel, it wasn’t mind-blowingly amazing. The pace was slow and steady the whole way through, and it didn’t have enough suspense or build up for me to be fully immersed in the novel.

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30 comments:

  1. Ohh man. I've had my copy of this book fermenting on my shelves forever! I can understand having enjoyed a novel even when you're not blown away by it. I tend to rate them 3 stars as well.

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    1. I've owned mine forever before getting around to reading it as well.

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  2. Ooohh... blast from the past. I read this years ago and can't remember anything about it!
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    1. Hehehe yes this one is a bit of an oldie!

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  3. I have reading slump since i finished vicious,help

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    1. Reading slumps are the hard life D: Try her novel This Savage Song if you haven't read it yet :D

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  4. Ginny sounds like an amazing character SO relatable!! Her aunt sounds confusing but not a person! :)
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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    1. Ginny really was a sweet character! Her aunt was very unique :P

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  5. I look forward to taking the 13 envelope journey. I can't wait to find out where it goes. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  6. Probably not a book for me, per se, but I do like Maureen Johnson a lot. She's hilarious on Twitter. xD

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    1. I have seen her on twitter! She's a cool author ^.^

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  7. Sounds like a fun book!--although that poor girl on the cover is going to get a cold if she doesn't find some better-fitting clothing!

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    1. When it comes to British weather, I figure she must have found something a bit warmer to wear ;)

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  8. I read this book ages ago and I wasn't blown away either.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who had this opinion :3

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  9. I think I have had this book in my tbr pile forever or so. I am sorry it wasn't a little better for you.

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    1. It was in my TBR for a while before I got round to it too!

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  10. I'd likely write a letter to my late mother-in-law and let her know all is well with her son. =)

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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    1. I think she'd really appreciate that, Lonna.

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  11. I enjoyed 13 little blue envelopes. I would write to a friend I didn't get the chance to say goodbye to

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it when you read it!

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  12. I'd write a letter to a good friend!

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  13. THESE hot days in ohio a great book would be awesome to have

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    1. Yes, a good read is perfect in sunny weather ^^

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  14. I'd write a letter to my Grandmother, who was such a wonderful role model to me, and I never appreciated her and told her so when she was still alive :)

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    1. It can be hard when you feel like you didn't appreciate someone enough while they were alive, but often times people have a way of realising this even when you don't sometimes.

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