Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Format: Kindle edition,  235 pages
Release Date: April 12, 2011 (first published September 1, 2005)
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006210280X 

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.

My Thoughts..

I loved pretty much everything about this novel. It was a really fun read - just when I thought it would end, it got a lot more interesting!! (I was reading this on Kindle and I couldn't figure out what page I'd be on or how many pages were left so that's why I wasn't sure where the ending was).

The whole context of travelling Europe put the whole book several notches higher on the fun-scale. I really want to travel Europe, and the whole story gave tonnes of insight on what to expect. It was such a fun experience to read. As if I've been where Ginny's been. Like I've actually been on the Tube across London. As if I've heard the British dude say "Mind the gap" when the train doors slide open. 
On a more personal level though, I related to Ginny incredibly closely. She is such a great protagonist, probably now one of my favourites of all time. 

The other characters were very likeable too - Keith, Aunt Peg (even though she wasn't really in it), and Richard.

Great storyline.
Great writing. 
Great settings. 
I really want to read the next book, and I also now really want to visit Denmark in the summertime. 
Read this book if you haven't. It's funny, it's interesting, and it won't let you down (probably - I suppose that'd be up to you).

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