Thursday, May 21, 2015

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Synopsis (from 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.
Ages 12+

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I didn't click with 13 Little Blue Envelopes.  First it seemed very unrealistic (and yes, I know it is fiction, but it still needs to be believable) to me that Ginny would travel internationally by herself at her age to follow instructions in envelopes left to by her Aunt.  Not once, but twice she hops on a plane.  The adventure she has along the way was enjoyable and funny at times.  I would not let a 12 year old read this book though.  I would think it would be more appropriate for 18+.  It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Fast read/slow read:  Okay speed.  Not too fast and not too slow.

Cover:  Adorable.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Probably not, and I hate to type it.

Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like a lot of people who end up writing books, she was always reading. This paid off in the end, but also resulted in her not playing any sports, so she is spectacularly uncoordinated, and is easily injured by harmless household objects, like endtables.

She studied writing and theatrical dramaturgy at Columbia University. Before she could spend all her days writing, Maureen served up hamburgers in the company of mad scientists and talking skeletons in New York, tended bar in Piccadilly Circus, nervously worked alongside live tigers in Las Vegas, and once got mixed up with the entire cast of a major West End musical.


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