Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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I LOVE Maureen Johnson! She is absolutely one of my favorite authors. She is SO funny!
I’ve read this one before but its so good I had to re-read it!

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson

Summary (B&
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.

My Review: I am pretty sure I can read this book a million times and never ever get sick of it. However, now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t know how I’m going to review it without giving something away! MJ, if your reading this…I hope you don’t mind that in way of reviewing this I’m going to bullet point my very favoritest parts! Here we go (SPOILERS: STOP IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK…at least I think they are spoilers they aren’t very LARGE spoilers. I don’t think MJ will kill me if I put these but just in case!):

During envelop #4 when Ginny and Keith go to Edinburgh to see Peg’s favorite artist. I loved what Mari drew for Ginny. That for some reason just struck me as inspiring (that may make no sense but that’s how I describe it).

I giggled immensely during #7 “JUST GET ON A TRAIN!” I have been a follower of MJ on twitter for a while now and she never fails to make me fall out of my chair laughing. And this part was just so HER. I finally saw *her* coming out through her books.

MJ has a great way of describing things…this is the kind of imagery I love and that I don’t see too often… “Some jiggling surfboard sticking out of the wall”.

This may not have been my best review, but I just can describe my love for this book. It's so powerful. Ginny is a character full of so much emotion and she's so brave! I don’t know if I would have been able to follow all the directions in the 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but given the chance I’m sure I would at least try (I think I would break the no Music rule though because that’s just WRONG!)


Lynda Wood said...

I follow MJ on twitter also, she does have a way of keeping her readers entertained.