February 15, 2012

REVIEW: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

If you like Meg Cabot books, you might want to try author Maureen Johnson, who writes fun, carefree novels that won't disappoint.

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.

The premise of this novel is a great idea, and it was executed well, with humor, wit and drama along the way, which is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much.

At times, I was annoyed by the main character, Ginny, for doing silly things -  but maybe it was just me?

The other characters in the book were highly entertaining and they were what kept you hooked. What they did, who they were with, and the situations that they created were the cornerstone of this book for me. Without them, it would be just one of the same.
They were laugh-out-loud, real and were great friends that you would want in real life, I would read 13 LBL just for that alone.

P.S. How cool is Richard's job - seriously! I want to have that job. Watch out richard.

I was annoyed with the end because it left it on a slight cliff-hanger, but you'll be happy to know that there is a sequel, The last little blue envelope. 

Please ignore the cover because it really annoyed me. The girl on it was not what Ginny was described as. I mean seriously, hoop earrings and hair down? That is so not ginny. And the clothes too.  What were they thinking?

If you're a girl of 12-16, you'll really enjoy 13 Little Blue Envelopes. If you've read this book, you might also like Where I belong  by Gwendolyn Heasley or a Sarah Dessen novel such as What Happened to Goodbye.


Anna said...

i've loved other maureen johnson books, but never finished this one. if i remember correctly Ginny bugged me too.
i HATE the headless cover thing! grrr, i like being able to imagine how the character looks, but you can't just crop out the face.

Espana said...

The fact that Ginny has received a package of thirteen blue envelopes from her eccentric but favorite aunt telling her to travel around the world is not particularly shocking. Being instructed to open each envelope in order isn't so strange either. What makes it a surprise is the fact that Ginny's aunt Peg has been dead for months. She was young and full of life, and her death was a shock.

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This novel has everything you will ever want to read in a book: mystery, suspense, little bit of romance and much more.

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