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Everyone has that favorite aunt. The one who always knows when to call, the one who does those extra special things, the one who breaks the rules when your parents aren’t watching. For Virginia Blackstone, Ginny, that was Aunt Peg.

Only now Aunt Peg is gone and all Ginny has left is a letter of instructions from her. Well, 13 letters that she’s only permitted to open as she finishes the tasks outlined in each.

At 17 Aunt Peg ditched her college scholarship and plans for the great unknown and she promised Ginny she’d help her do the same. Could this letter be the fulfillment of that promise?

Follow Ginny as she takes on her aunt’s quest, and hopefully, finds that life direction she’s been searching for.

Hott Review:

What I liked: 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a terrific book! Not just for YA but for females of all ages. There is something about Ginny’s journey of maturity and confidence that is essential for each of us, though most don’t need this extreme of a journey! Overall, it’s a light & fun book that most will enjoy, but it does have some tearjerker moments and some deep points.

What I didn’t like: While I realize 13 Little Blue Envelopes is set in Europe I didn’t like that Ginny was drinking. Mostly because, being on her own in a foreign country with people she didn’t know is dangerous! The other thing I didn’t like is a part where Ginny’s virginity is discussed. It wasn’t terrible, just unnecessary.
If I think about it the horrors of the possibilities of Ginny’s journey completely staggers me, but when I pull myself out of mom-mode it’s a great book.


Author: Maureen Johnson
Source: Kindle Free Read on March 28, 2011
Publisher & Date: December 21st 2010 by HarperTeen (this edition)
Genre: YA Fiction
ISBN: 0060541431 (ISBN13: 9780060541439)
Pages: 322
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: There is no steam.
Setting: Europe
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Read Your Freebies Reading Challenge, 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1

13 Little Blue Envelopes

The Last Little Blue Envelope

Author Bio:

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated for an Edgar Award and the Andre Norton Award, and her books appear frequently on YALSA and state awards lists. Time Magazine has named her one of the top 140 people to follow on Twitter (@maureenjohnson). Maureen lives in New York, and online on Twitter (or at

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3 Replies to “Review | 13 Little Blue Envelopes”

  1. OH!!! I love this book! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    It reminded me of PS I love you!
    I had my daughter read it and she loved it too.
    For me – book 2 is just as good! But some people didn’t like it as much.
    Do you plan on reading the second?

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