September 3, 2011

A European Scavenger Hunt • 13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes book cover
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback 

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel. 

I've always wanted to go to Europe - so 13 Little Blue Envelopes basically explores something that I wish would happen to me. Of course, I don't wish any of my relatives to pass away, but the idea that one of them would send me on a crazy, random journey without no instructions except what's in 13 envelopes is so cool.

13 Little Blue Envelopes was a quick, easy read, which was just what I needed at the time.  And I'm not gonna lie, the book definitely had it's moments.  However, I couldn't really relate to Ginny, and I certainly didn't see any personal growth from her in the book.  I was frustrated actually, most of the time, with her attitude and her reliance on the envelopes to decide what to do next.  Though, I guess, looking back at it, I can understand her confusion/attitude as there really is no other way to react to a random set of instructions from your dead aunt.

While the premise of 13 Little Blue Envelopes was quite interesting, I really thought that there was going to be more to it - and sadly, there wasn't enough for me to really consider it a great read.


  1. This was my reaction, too, and I love Maureen Johnson! I felt Ginny was such a passive character and it drove me bonkers! The sequel was a lot better in terms of her growth.

    1. I haven't read the sequel yet, but now I'm curious about it. I may just have to check it out. Hopefully Ginny will get on my good side!

  2. I liked it but I was expecting more also. Good to see I am not the only one who felt this way. I do want to read the sequel though.


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