13 Little Blue Envelopes [Book Review & Giveaway!]

13 Little Blue Envelopes [Book Review & Giveaway!]
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Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published Date: 23rd August 2005
Rating: 3 Stars
 
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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: 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 many more places. 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 bit more about 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 – even more so 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.
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