13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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.Reading this novel was a little like embarking on an epic journey across the world. It was fun, it was exciting, and it definitely won't be the last book (although it was the first) that I read by Maureen Johnson.
Ginny's character is someone that I think most people will be able to relate to. She's brave, even if she doesn't seem to think so (who hops on a plane at the whim of a dead person? Not me) but also has a more vulnerable, insecure side. There were times while I was reading where I wished that she would have let out her more adventurous side but for the most part, Maureen Johnson kept me entertained enough with the situations she put Ginny in.
Each envelope that Ginny opens (along the way, I might add) gives her a new task and generally involves her moving to a new place. Each destination of hers is so exotic and the things she experiences in each place are unforgettable. My family actually travels a lot but in no way did that take away the enjoyment of seeing Ginny roam the streets of a new country for the first time.
There was a little romance in this book, but the overall feeling I got was more one of self-discovery and adventure. That being said, 'the guy' of this story was awesome. I don't know how many people here know this but I'm a drama kid - inside and outside of class. How could I not love a guy who wrote and starred in a play called Starbucks: The Musical? Like I said though, the romantic aspect of the novel is definitely done on a smaller scale - no insta-love here, just budding attraction.
The ending of this novel was very fitting for me and I'm not really sure how I feel about a sequel existing. I thought this one left off on a good place and I have to admit that I'm not crazy about uncovering some of the mystery left behind in this one. Nonetheless though, I'll give it a shot and see where the story takes me. Great read!
Cover Comments: Find a bigger shirt, Ginny.