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Series Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes | Goodreads |
Author:  Maureen Johnson| Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 29, 2009
Format: Kindle | Amazon |

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.

So when I saw this book on BookBub I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after reading the synopsis I really wanted to go on this adventure with Ginny.   Ginny is taking a trip around the world based on 13 letters written to her from her Aunt Peg who recently passed away. The first stop for Ginny is NY where she receives a package that contains the 13 letters from her Aunt and a plane ticket to London. There her adventure starts.  It was fun to see through Ginny’s eyes the places she visited and the people she met. Like Keith, the actor who becomes a constant in her life, someone she wants to stay in touch with even when she goes back home. She also meets Richard, the person she is staying with, who was more to her aunt than Ginny knew.   Throughout Ginny’s adventure not only does she find out more about her Aunt, things she did not know, but she finds out more about herself.

We get to see Ginny interact with a diverse group of people who have their own affect on Ginny, some in big ways like Keith, and some in small ways, like the group she is with towards the end of the book. I think one of the biggest impacts to Ginny’s life was that she grew up a little on this trip. She became a little less like the Ginny we meet at the start of the story. Keith was an interesting character to me in the fact that he was extremely unpredictable.

I have to say that if I could pick up and travel the way Ginny did, I would jump at the opportunity.  All in all a quick read, a cute story and I’m so mad it took me this long to find it.

5star


Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope | Goodreads |
Author:  Maureen Johnson| Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Format: Kindle | Amazon |

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

I was super excited to find out there was a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes especially after what happens to Ginny at the end of it. The second book picks up a few months later when Ginny has returned to NJ, and is working on her essay for her college admissions, but she’s stuck. She can’t figure out what to write. She wants to write about her summer, but can’t seem to put it into essay form. Especially since she never finished the journey Peg sent her on when she lost the last envelope.  Of course another problem Ginny is having, Keith seems to be pulling away from her, but the opportunity to go back to England means a chance to figure out what is going on with Keith.

Ginny gets contacted by the person who has the last letter and he is willing to meet her to give it back. This means a return trip to spend time with Richard, a chance to see Keith, and the ability to finally find out what Peg’s last letter said.  Of course things do not go that easily for Ginny when she gets there, instead she’s blackmailed by the boy with the letter, seeing Keith again isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and maybe Ginny’s plans for the future just might change a bit.

Loved Ginny’s interactions with Richard, and how family like they became. Keith pretty much turned out to be who I thought he would, and his mixed signals to Ginny are annoying.  And Oliver, what can I say about Oliver, other than he went about things all wrong…but what an ending. A great wrap up to the series, though I would have loved to have seen an epilogue to see what Oliver and Ginny were up to now.

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