A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{November 26, 2011}   13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Plot: Ginny is a quiet girl who tries her best to go unnoticed but 13 blue envelopes from her beloved, excentric aunt change everything. The first envelope contains $1000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. The following letters lead her across Europe, on adventures she could never have imagined, revealing things about her aunt and herself.

This novel was just pure fun. It is full of crazy adventures, interesting locals and quirky romance. In my mind, I was Ginny: a timid, smart girl exploring Europe and trying things she would have never dared on her own. Johnson brings Europe to life through those small unique places you might never notice.  If you enjoyed Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, you will love 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It is less about the romance (though I will back a romance with a british aspiring actor/playwright in a kilt anny day) but the dares are even more extreeme.

If you’re ever feeling down or bored, read this book. It makes you want to support a starving artist, pick up a cute Roman boy and sing ABBA on stage with a drunken Japanese business man. It reminds us that everyone has it within themselves to be adventurous.

In the sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, Ginny follows the last envelope back to England for another crazy adventure. I look forward to it.

Challenges: None


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