13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Published: 26 September 2006
When Ginny receives 13 little blue envelopes with instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she's soon on an adventure that will change her in more ways than one.
This book follows Ginny (Virginia) as she follows her aunt's mysterious instructions, left in numbered envelopes, on an adventure across Europe.
Overall I did like it. I liked the main character of Ginny, and the sense of adventure. There were some extremely touching moments throughout thanks to a great little bunch of characters. It felt to me like it would make a great summer read and as Ginny travels, it really sparked the urge in me to get out and see more of the world!
So all in all it's a great little idea for a story, however I don't think it was quite pulled off in this book as well as it could have been. At times felt like a travel guide with bits of story squeezed in and as a Brit I found various flaws with the chapters set in London (inaccuracies which stand out to someone familiar with British life). The library copy I borrowed was also littered with spelling mistakes of place names (Leister Square?) which a previous borrower of this book had actually gone through with a pen and corrected. I don't know if these were corrected in later editions (hopefully they were).
If you like road trips, or are passionate about travelling in Europe, love a bit of adventure and dream of escaping then you'll enjoy this story.
What to read next: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson, the sequel to this book.
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