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13 Little Blue Envelopes

by Maureen Johnson

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When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
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I bought the Kindle edition of this book, my first Maureen Johnson novel, and I enjoyed it. Contemporary YA is not my usual genre so I didn't know how I'd take to it. It's a fun story and a pretty quick read, I finished it in a few days. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the ending - felt like it wrapped up a little too neatly and I'm not sure if I was fulfilled by it, but I also might be over-analyzing. Still, it was a fun story. ( )
  nilaffle | Nov 6, 2023 |
Good for young people who still have the Euro backpacking dream. Nice references to specific works of art, museums, and cultural landmarks. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
everyone should have someone in their lives that pushes the beyond what they believe their boundaries are.....this book shows that with a little love, guidance, and exciting adventure, there is a whole world out there to be explored..... ( )
  SRQlover | Jul 18, 2023 |
CW: Attempted sexual assault. ( )
  Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | Feb 14, 2023 |
Reason read: TIOLI challenge, ROOT
I’ve had this book on my nook since 2011 and glad to finally read it. It’s a sort of quest book and definitely young adult and not even believable in my opinion (and its not fantasy). It’s looks at loss and also coming of age and she is basically a good person so all in all, its a good little story. ( )
  Kristelh | Aug 23, 2022 |
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Rule #1:
You may bring only what fits in your backpack. Don't try to fake it with a purse or a carry-on.

Rule #2:
You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or and kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.

Rule #3:
You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, traveler's checks, etc. I'll take care of all of that.

Rule #4:
No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can't call home or communicate with people in the U.S. by internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.

That's all you need to know for now. See you at 4th Noodle.
For Kate Schafer, the greatest traveling companion in the world, and a woman who is not afraid to admit that she occasionally can't remember where she lives.
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Dear Ginger, I have been a great follower of rules.
As a rule, Ginny Blackstone tried to go unnoticed—something that was more or less impossible with thirty pounds (she'd weighed it) of purple-and-green backpack hanging from her back.
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