Hi, welcome back to Book Look! Today’s book is called 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. It’s about a girl, Ginny, who gets 13 envelopes in the mail from her dead aunt. Obviously, her Aunt Peg did not rise from the dead, so she is wondering what her aunt has gotten her in to this time.
When Aunt Peg died, of a brain tumor, she was living in Europe. She had moved there two years prior without even saying goodbye. This might have been a good thing since her family didn’t have to see her losing her memory from the cancerous tumor (Aunt Peg didn’t know she had brain cancer when she moved). She was a painter living in New York city, and whenever she got too comfortable with her life she needed a change. Aunt Peg was very well known for being adventurous and compulsive. For this reason, she had been Ginny’s role model, because Ginny is quite the opposite.
The first envelope included a letter and $1,000. The letter said that this money was for her to go to Europe and follow in her Aunt Peg’s footsteps. Ginny was very surprised. The rest of the envelopes told her when to open the next letter, where to go next, and what to do there. She was in for a amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I really enjoyed this book, it was full of adventure, culture, and self discovery. It was really interesting to read and learn about all of the places that Ginny went to: England, Greece, France, Amsterdam and many more! Sometimes it got a little bit boring when she was talking about the history of some of the places, but you will love this book if you love learning about history. Personally, history is not my favorite subject. I would also recommend this book for a little bit of a younger age group, about 13-15. There is not very many “bad” things that happen, and sometimes it felt like it was written for someone a little younger than me.
I would give this 13 Little Blue Envelopes 3.25 stars out of 5. It was fun, interesting, but a little bit boring in some parts. But I would recommend this book to someone who likes to travel and enjoys history.
Favorite Quote of the Book:
“We want to remember, and we want to be remembered. That’s why we paint.”
~ Maureen Johnson, 13 Little Blue Envelopes