Inside little blue envelopeare , and instructions to buy a plane ticketIn envelopeare directions to a specific London flatThe note in envelopetells Ginny Find a starving artistBecause of envelope , 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 againEverything about Ginny will change this summer, and it s all because of thelittle blue envelopes AgesBook Details Format Paperback Publication DatePagesReading Level Ageand Up


10 thoughts on “13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

  1. Lucy Lucy says:

    13 Little Blue Envelopes suffers from DPS Disappearing Parent Syndrome is a tragic epidemic in YA novels In this case the DPS was particularly severe Seventeen year old Ginny Blackstone goes on a trip to Europe sponsored by her deceased aunt Aunt Peg was not reliable when she was around In fact, during the last several years of Ginny s life Peg was in Europe She died without contacting the family to let them know she was suffering from a prolonged illness The family was just expected to p 13 Little Blue Envelopes suffers from DPS Disappearing Parent Syndrome is a tragic epidemic in YA novels In this case the DPS was particularly severe Seventeen year old Ginny Blackstone goes on a trip to Europe sponsored by her deceased aunt Aunt Peg was not reliable when she was around In fact, during the last several years of Ginny s life Peg was in Europe She died without contacting the family to let them know she was suffering from a prolonged illness The family was just expected to pick up the pieces after she passed with very little explanation but wait Aunt Peg has left Ginny mysterious envelopes that she s not allowed to open all at once and strange instructions to travel around Europe.Mr and Mrs Disappearstone allow their seventeen year old daughter their only child to go traipsing around Europe The rules state she s not allowed a cell phone or laptop or camera They re not even allowed to give her extra money so they know there s a back up plan in case Mrs Disapperancestone s unreliable sister who died from a brain tumor several months before hasn t provided Ginny with everything she might need for this spur of the moment trip Oh yeah, and she s not allowed to call them even on a pay phone No communication back home Honestly, I would have been slightly concerned in Ginny s case What s the goal here Sell me on the black market You know what I would have done if I was Mummy DisappearanceStone I would have told my daughter that Aunt Peg was mentally unstable when she was healthy and thrown the envelopes into a fire place before I let her go off on some half baked adventure across Europe Of course, Ginny thought mentions that her parents weren t thrilled, but somehow this underaged minor is still on a plane to England in the first few chapters Awesome, just awesome.Look, some of my annoyance with this book is based on just how often the parents disappear in YA fiction I know it s the easiest route to take How can Ginny have a sexy adventure in England and then the rest of Europe if her mom is following her around Well, if you can t man up and work with the circumstances the age of your character gives you then you have no business writing Young Adult fiction This book should have been written about a girl who has completed one or two years of college, who has some experience living out there on her own within reasonable distance to her family even if that reasonable distance is merely being able to pick up a phone and ask for financial help No sane parent would ever let their child go on the trip Ginny did I was asked to suspend my disbelief a little too far and now it s lost Mourn for it.While I think this book was better suited for 20 something chick lit I also don t think Maureen Johnson has the stomach to ever do the sex scene that would havelikely than not happened if she hadn t been writing about a dewy eyed Virgin Yes, Virgin with a capital V From what I gather reading other reviews on Maureen Johnson s books her characters pretty much all have the capital Virgin card in their deck I m tired of the constant YA virgin business Part of what made me love The Duff was the fact that we didn t have another maidenhead to protect throughout the whole book The novel gasp started with a non virginal teenager.Anyway, Ginny s adventures are very uncoordinated I get that the aunt made Ginny s trip mimic her own eccentric path across Europe, but I should have felt there was some master intention from the author s point of view rather than constantly imagining Maureen Johnson throwing a dart at a map of Europe and going okay, time to buy a travel book for that country The writing was, unfortunately, not top notch There was a scene where Ginny really had to pee, but couldn t tell the difference between the men and women s bathroom symbols She gets whisked off before she can pee and it felt like a Chekhov s gun It left me sitting there wondering what just happened Why did you waste my time with that scene if it meant nothing Ginny also gets put in a near date rape situation from following her aunt s advice to hit on a random Italian boy This immediately follows her nearly getting mugged Eventually she does get robbed of all her worldly possessions, what s left of her very dwindling money, and the last envelope that could have explained all the shit that happened to her Losing the last envelope was a cop out It wasn t a clever device that added mystery to the novel Some of what might have been in the note gets discovered later, but you never know for sure what it said There is a sequel to the novel planned, but I think the intention was to leave it dangling.Also, the subplot about her aunt s paintings and how the value sky rocketed after her death Um no Peg had not merited a lot of fame in life Her death was abrupt and she died young, yes, but death does not equate millions of dollars to your estate It was an over simplification of how the art world works and in the end it just wasn t accurate A huge portion of the happily ever ending was contingent on these unbelievable stipulations.Oh and the romance Yeah I feltof a connection between two stick figures I doodled at work The romance felt like requisite met because it was a YA coming of age novel rather than anything that actually fit with the book Keith is around for one country and pops up in another so that their romance can develop Forced, contrived etc etc.So why two stars and not one The writing wasn t awful The idea was just underdeveloped and rushed I think withtime from Johnson and an editor who d pushed her to really polish it the book could have easily been three stars, maybe four I do think she has some talent and I want to try her again, but this was definitely a disappointing start


  2. Hailey (HaileyinBookland) Hailey (HaileyinBookland) says:

    2.5 This was a quick read but at the same time I felt like it dragged, nothing had any real depth so I just was questioning what the point of the story was and why these characters existed.


  3. Shannon Shannon says:

    Unimpressive The way Johnson writes is annoyingthan halfway into the book, I really didn t know ANYTHING about the main character, other than that she was on a ridiculous journey It was all action and no thought It was not insightful The main character was not likeable She wasn t unlikeable either She was just likedoing things She didn t have very many thoughts And never very insightful ones ie I like this boy I am sad I am happy I am angry COME ON There was no attem Unimpressive The way Johnson writes is annoyingthan halfway into the book, I really didn t know ANYTHING about the main character, other than that she was on a ridiculous journey It was all action and no thought It was not insightful The main character was not likeable She wasn t unlikeable either She was just likedoing things She didn t have very many thoughts And never very insightful ones ie I like this boy I am sad I am happy I am angry COME ON There was no attempt made to make her a human, a believable character Also the end was frustrating but kind of oddly moving a little at the same time But overall, I was not in any way impressed


  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    I am not going to review this book except to say the thing that made me crazy There were several instances in this book where something was mentioned and you think it is important and then it was dropped.For instance, when the MC goes in the Louvre, it is mentioned that she checks her backpack in at the front kind of like a coat check Okay No problem.But then, as she is trying to get out of the Louvre she kind of starts going down random hall after hall in search of an exit and finally finds I am not going to review this book except to say the thing that made me crazy There were several instances in this book where something was mentioned and you think it is important and then it was dropped.For instance, when the MC goes in the Louvre, it is mentioned that she checks her backpack in at the front kind of like a coat check Okay No problem.But then, as she is trying to get out of the Louvre she kind of starts going down random hall after hall in search of an exit and finally finds one and leaves Later, we see that she is on the street and has her back pack.Excuse me How when did she retrieve it This drove me to distraction Why was it even mentioned that she checked it in If you mention a small detail like this, it should be important later Do not leave me hanging It would ve been differnt if we never saw her leave the Louvre because the reader could then assume she retrieved it.This was not the only scene that did this kind of thing There was another in Denmark when she gets off a train and it is mentioned that she has to pee very badly She does not know which restroom is mens or womens As she is trying to decide, her ride comes, hustles her along to a boat, and we never find out of the poor girl ever got to pee I worried about her through the next few scenes Okay other than that, the book was a good read.Carry on with your lives


  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I read this book as an assignment from a mother daughter book club that I am in with some friends from B.F Day.It wasn t very good, and while the plot is a nice idea, the author didn t really write it very well.I mean, who would let thier daughter go overseas with no contact to the US and only carrying what she could fit in her backpack And only haveing 1000 US dollars to spend In addition to several other appalling facts, some of which are letting your daughter do the following 1 stay with a I read this book as an assignment from a mother daughter book club that I am in with some friends from B.F Day.It wasn t very good, and while the plot is a nice idea, the author didn t really write it very well.I mean, who would let thier daughter go overseas with no contact to the US and only carrying what she could fit in her backpack And only haveing 1000 US dollars to spend In addition to several other appalling facts, some of which are letting your daughter do the following 1 stay with a adult male to whom she is not related to, and you have no clue who he is other than she is your unreliable completely out of controll sister s friend2 travel around unsupervised all over Europe following a pack of envelopes3 go on a wild goose chase, the letters written by your sister who as I mentioned before is unreliable, and completely out of controllOh, and by the way, did I mention that your daughter isn t even out of high school yet


  6. Katya Katya says:

    Oh, book I had such hopes for you.Here s the thing I love travel stories I love coming of age stories So what s not to love about a coming of age story that involves lots and lots of traveling It s a hard question to answer, and the fastest way to answer it is Aunt Peg is one seriously bitter person.She lives without having constants Fair enough She does all sorts of menial, petty jobs while waiting for her career as an artist to hit off Alright with me Then she packs up and leaves for Oh, book I had such hopes for you.Here s the thing I love travel stories I love coming of age stories So what s not to love about a coming of age story that involves lots and lots of traveling It s a hard question to answer, and the fastest way to answer it is Aunt Peg is one seriously bitter person.She lives without having constants Fair enough She does all sorts of menial, petty jobs while waiting for her career as an artist to hit off Alright with me Then she packs up and leaves for Europe without contacting her family again The next news they get from her is that she is dead.Then comes a letter instructing her niece to go to Europe without money, cell phone or any other means of communication just a passport and a backpack, and instructions to do all sorts of weird things Ginny the niece is probably not comfortable with And I ask what kind of person does that to a niece they supposedly love What kind of person expects her to jump on a plane to England with littlethan the clothes on her back, without so much as an explenation The only person who can beannoying is the one who actually does it Unfortunately, Ginny does just that With surprisingly little drama from her parents, or if there was, it wasn t worth mentioning in the book A lot of things seem not worth mentioning in the book, for example, why is Ginny not even remotely worried that her aunt s mystic journey might get her adbucted or killed or sold into slavery Why does she trust all these people who she meets for the first time Ginny does not rival Luce Price or Nora Gray in the TSTL heroines listing, but she does start a whole new category Too Boring To Be Real TBTBR Sounds like a vaccine The trademark TBTBR hero ine is distinguished by the fact that s he does exactly what s he is told with little to no deviation, never cheats, and at no point does anything to advance the plot Ginny, unfortunately, qualifies for all these things.I know I m going out on a tangent here This isn t horrendously bad, far from it There are actually some pretty good moments But Ginny is by far the most uninvolved heroine I ve yet to see Even Bella Swan, who is known for her uselessness, did stuff to advance the plot of the book Granted, some of that stuff wasn t very smart coughjumpingoffcliffscough , but still, it was something Ginny just lets stuff happen to her and leaves it at that I m not saying all protagonists need to be uber confident and strong but this is a coming of age story without any coming of age in it What does Ginny learn in the end of it What does she do with that knowledge How is she different from the person she once was I certainly felt like nothing in her had changed


  7. Aly (Fantasy4eva) Aly (Fantasy4eva) says:

    I liked the premise It was sort of interesting and cute Dead Aunt sends niece on this unpredictable and slightly loony journey maybe not so cute One very similar to the one that her aunt took when she felt a little lost and was dealing with a bit of a reality check 17 year old Ginny doesn t think twice about it She jets to her first destination, London From there on it s one big ride She goes through many experiences, and although it s a decent read, I just was not in love with the boo I liked the premise It was sort of interesting and cute Dead Aunt sends niece on this unpredictable and slightly loony journey maybe not so cute One very similar to the one that her aunt took when she felt a little lost and was dealing with a bit of a reality check 17 year old Ginny doesn t think twice about it She jets to her first destination, London From there on it s one big ride She goes through many experiences, and although it s a decent read, I just was not in love with the book I mean, I finished it fairly quickly It never lagged, and I might even say that it was slightly engrossing But it didn t feel all that memorable The love interest A bit of a jerk, not to mention a major bore I could not for the life of me figure out what she saw in the guy I also found her confession regarding her falling for him, rather random, too.I actually recall getting into the book, but by the time I had finished it, I was kind of underwhelmed Also, I didn t really connect with any characters I felt lack of depth might have had something to to with it.I liked it, I just didn t love it.Oh, and the holiday is going rather well so far A little homesick, but nothing I can t handle


  8. Kayley Hyde Kayley Hyde says:

    If you ve ever been to Europe, thought about going to Europe, wanted to go about Europe or even heard of Europeyou ll love this book It s a quick, fun summer read Very clever and warm hearted I love the characters, the plot and just everything about it It always keeps you guessing One of my favourites Maureen never lets me down.


  9. Zoë Zoë says:

    I listened to this book as an audio book during my drive to New Orleans which made me dislike the book evenI didn t enjoy the reader s voice I enjoyed the book in the beginning but soon felt like the story was dragging and every country visited after Paris was unnecessary I also didn t really like any character in this book, they had no depth and weren t interesting or likable The concept of this book was so intriguing but I was disappointed.


  10. Olivia-Savannah Roach Olivia-Savannah Roach says:

    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 manyplaces As she is an American, she really get 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 manyplaces 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 bitabout 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 evenso 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.This review and others can be found on Olivia s Catastrophe