Book Review

REVIEW: Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope, by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes
Maureen Johnson
eBook (borrowed from library)

My synopsis: Book 1: It’s the summer before Ginny’s senior year of high school when she receives a mysterious letter from her nomadic Aunt Peg with a list of instructions and a packet of other letters that need to be read in order.  Aunt Peg always thought have a free lifestyle was a good thing and something Ginny should experience. The oddest part about it all?  Aunt Peg died months before Ginny received the first letter. So, with her letters and instructions, Ginny sets out to Europe for a summer of discovery and mystery.

This was an interesting, light read – nothing to write home about though (no pun intended).  Though it did make me wish someone had sent me a series of letters that sent me around Europe on a trip I’d never forget. I know I wouldn’t get into the same situations Ginny did (the chances of me traveling around with complete strangers isn’t likely – especially like the crazy family she ends up rooming with for almost a week).  But I love the idea of only being able to know a bit at a time and having to read the next clue to find out what comes next. The aunt really knew how to find the local places and really got into the different cultures and she certainly found/met some quirky places and people.

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)The Last Little Blue Envelope
Maureen Johnson
eBook (borrowed from library)

My synopsis: Book 2: Due to unforeseen circumstances in book 1, Ginny never gets to read the last letter.  But the following summer she receives an email from someone in England who found the last letter. So, off Ginny goes to England to retrieve her last letter from Aunt Peg and get some closure.  Once again, Ginny is involved another one of Aunt Peg’s crazy adventures.  But will her friends from last time be around and will they help her?

The guy that contacts Ginny about the last letter basically forces her to let him join in on the last task set by Aunt Peg: in exchange for the original letter, he gets half the money that will come from this last adventure.  But if Ginny doesn’t agree, she’ll never see the letter. It turns out that this letter has another task (broken into 3 parts) for Ginny to complete. Ginny’s love interest from book 1 is back but not quite who Ginny thought he was.  A strange journey ensues with Ginny, her love interest, his possible girlfriend, and the guy who found the letter traveling in a tiny cramped car.

So these books weren’t amazing by any means, but they were enjoyable reads for the most part.  Ginny could be a little annoying.  She kind of hints at the fact that her parents are pretty boring and basically, they don’t seem like the kind of parents who would let their 17-year-old daughter just up and go to Europe on her own.  Stranger things have happened, I suppose. Some of it seemed kind of far-fetched, but again, not looking for high literature here, just an enjoyable read.  I would classify it as a beach read or even something to read when flying…just something to pass the time.


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