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Kid Konnection: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

August 31, 2013

13 Little Blue Envelopes

When 17 year old Ginny’s eccentric aunt passes away, she leaves Ginny 13 envelopes with instructions to open them one at a time.  Each envelope includes a task that Ginny is to complete – upon completion, she is supposed to open the next envelope.  Ginny decides to honor her aunt’s wishes and follow those directions so she finds herself traipsing around Europe having adventures and misadventures along the way.

I’ve heard a lot about 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, so I grabbed it a few years ago when it was free for the Kindle.  I recently found myself in a waiting room without anything to read and decided to pull it up on my phone.  I have to say reading it on my phone wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

13 Little Blue Envelopes is a fun book that will probably appeal to teens a great deal.  I liked it, but wouldn’t say that I loved it.  Even though I thought Ginny and her Aunt Peg were both terrific characters, there was much in the book that didn’t ring true for me.  Sure, Aunt Peg instructed Ginny to buy a ticket to Europe but I was rather surprised that her parents allowed her to go alone.  Ginny seemed a little reticent at first and really had to push herself to fulfill her aunt’s wishes.

The book has a rather ambiguous ending.  At times, I’m fine with that, but I had to wonder what the whole point of the book was this time.  There is a sequel – The Last Little Blue Envelope – that I plan to read.  Hopefully, it will explain a lot of things for me.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    August 31, 2013 7:06 am

    Oh I’m sure my parents would have bought me a ticket to Europe just because my aunt left me a letter telling me to go. LOL. Regardless, it sounds like a good way to pass the time. I’ve never tried to read on my phone.

  2. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 31, 2013 9:02 am

    So glad you liked it and you’re right about her parents. To enjoy this one you have to suspend relief a bit. Great honest review.

  3. August 31, 2013 9:58 am

    I haven’t tried reading on my phone yet, but it seems awful small in theory!

  4. sandynawrot permalink
    August 31, 2013 1:01 pm

    I’ve done the phone thing before in a pinch…when I get stuck at the mall with my daughter. It isn’t perfect, but it works. Going to hold off on this one until you read the sequel. I’m dubious.

  5. August 31, 2013 6:42 pm

    I read this one and liked it too, but have yet to finish the series. Should do that! Great review!

  6. August 31, 2013 10:06 pm

    Her parents let a 17 year old girl to go off to Europe on her own? Huh. That seems wrong. I like the idea of this one so I might have to look for it 🙂

  7. September 1, 2013 12:21 am

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review. I haven’t read any books on my phone yet.

  8. September 1, 2013 2:25 pm

    I was also bothered by how relax her parents seemed to be with the whole thing, but otherwise it was quite fun. I haven’t read the sequel yet though!

  9. September 1, 2013 6:03 pm

    I wouldn’t even try to read a book on my phone, my eyes wouldn’t forgive me.

    Sounds like a book my granddaughter would enjoy!

  10. bookingmama permalink
    September 2, 2013 4:04 pm

    I think I might have this on my Kindle too. I’ll have to give it a chance. I know lots of bloggers loved it!

  11. September 3, 2013 9:13 am

    I thought this was a cute book! Maybe it’s not that realistic but cute nonetheless 🙂

  12. Jennifer permalink
    September 7, 2013 5:10 pm

    I also have this on on my Kindle. We probably picked it up on the same sale! I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I have heard some good things about it. I definitely want to read it. I have heard a lot about Maureen Johnson and I follow her on Twitter — she is awesome and so funny. I bet a lot of that carries over into her writing.

  13. September 15, 2013 4:46 pm

    I have this one, too, but it hasn’t made it into my hands . . . yet.

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