I Read: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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In the backlog of books that you need to hear about is a cute book by Maureen Johnson by the name of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. After this point there may be spoilers, so you’ve been warned.

13 lbeFirstly; just look at that cover, it’s pretty damn cute looking. Just the kind of thing you want to see on an easy read to get you ready for the summer.

Secondly, I felt the need to suspend the belief that any teenager actually needs to have parents around, and that they are all super capable of functioning on their own on another continent. And that the parents would be totally fine with a 17 year old girl going off to Europe with no means of contacting her family and no money to speak of.

This story makes a good coming of age, travel kind of story. Ginny really develops as a person as we go through the events of this story. She starts out as a timid girl, who feels lost after the death of her Aunt.

Her love interest was adorkable, it added a nice extra dollop of good feels for me. I remember boys being awkward and not having a clue what to say to them, so for me that was the most believable part of the book.

I found it hard to believe that she was able to fly across the world, and trusted that the place she was supposed to go would have the right answers. She followed her letters just like she was told to, and she barely questioned the contents. Maybe it’s just me, but I know that I couldn’t have done that when I was in my teens, I bet I could hardly even manage to do that now.

If we put that aside, it was a really good summer read, that ended happily enough with Ginny finding the paintings and Richard. Losing the rucksack with the last letter in it was a real bummer, but I’m told that there is a second book, so there is hope for further closure in that regard. I want to know what happens after that romp around Europe.

It makes for a pretty good, summery, girl adventure romp. Quick and easy to read.


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