contemporary, young adult

Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnsono

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 368, Paperback
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 5 Folded Pages

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.

I loved this book so much that I read it in one 3 hour sitting. It was amazing. It made me tear up and it was just what I needed to read I guess because it pulled me out of the slump I’ve been in for the past month. At least, I hope it has.

Ginny is a very endearing character. She’s trying to be bold and interesting despite how uncomfortable and not like her the tasks in the envelopes are. I also enjoyed watching her growth in the novel.

The vast array of side characters are interesting and surprisingly 3 dimensional for the very little amount of time each is given. Most characters don’t last more than a few chapters at best and yet I still felt like I could see different sides to most of them.

The romance was awkward and weird but I feel like it fit with the tone of the novel because the main character is like that and the adventure she goes on is like that.

Long story short, the novel was cute and easy to read. It made me laugh out loud and cry. It made me think for hours after I was finished with it. And it made me thirst for the sequel (that I thankfully already bought). Honestly, I don’t want much more from any novel that I read.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnsono”

  1. This novel has been on my TBR list for what feels like forever! After your amazingly written review I may actually start to read it now! Thank you! (:

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