Author: Maureen Johnson
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When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn’t know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel. (Summary provided by HarperTeen.)
If I were had the type of review site that utilizes an actual ratings system, I would give this book 5 stars. Wait! That sentence makes me sound like I’m a website. *speaks in robot voice* “Hello, I am a website. I love books.”No, wait. I would give it 10 stars. No… *pauses, takes sip of 7th Diet Coke of the day* I would give it unlimited, infinite stars. So basically, if I had a real ratings system I would say the following:
I give the excellent novel 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson an infinite amount of gold stars that have been covered in glue, dipped in glitter and allowed to dry for a reasonable amount of time. It is that good. It is so good that in addition to an infinite amount of gold, glittery stars I would also like to present the book with 275,000 unicorns and 1.5 million double rainbows. You simply must read this book.
So what makes this book so great? What about this lovely little lump of pages makes me want to reward the author with gold stars and unicorns and double rainbows oh my!? For starters, Maureen Johnson writes with the ease and expertise of someone that knows she has the ability to take her characters to any possible setting and make them do anything she pleases. Her only obstacle is her imagination, and she has loads of imagination. Boatloads baby!
Johnson takes a storyline that could be a real downer -girl receives package from her deceased relative with notes leading her on a life changing journey- and turns it into something magical. Ginny’s transatlantic voyage not only leads to self-discovery & closure but it allows her to have some pretty kick ass adventures as well. In the midst of all of Ginny’s adventures one of the little blue envelopes unintentionally leads her to Keith (aka hottie extraordinaire ). As love interests go, Keith is awesome, and he provides much of the comic relief throughout the novel. He does something towards the end of the book that caused me to laugh uncontrollably, put the book in a mailing envelope and send it to one of my friends. I live for moments like that in books. It also helps that Keith turns up wearing a kilt in more than one scene and brings to mind my junior high crush, Axl Rose. (Kids, Google the Guns N Roses Live and Let Die video.)
There are so many more reasons to read this funny yet touching novel. but let’s face it I don’t have all day. I’ve got butts to wipe and mouths to feed. Also, be on the lookout for the sequel The Last Little Blue Envelope. It comes out April 26, 2011. I cannot wait to read it!