13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, 319 pages, Alloy Entertainment, 2005.
1.5/5 stars (I didn’t hate this book… but I really, really disliked it.)
Taken from the cover synopsis:
“Rule #1: You may bring only what fits in your back pack. Don’t try to fake it with a purse or a carry-on.
Rule #2: You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.
Rule #3: You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, travelers’ 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.
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plant ticket.
Inside envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and her artist, a playwright/bloke-about-town called Keith, go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. Ginny isn’t sure she’ll see Keith again, and definitely doesn’t know what to think about him.
Could the answer be in the envelopes?
Ginny doesn’t know it, but adventures in Rome and Paris are in envelopes 6 and 8. The rules are that she has to open one at a time, in order, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that she discovers things about her life and love one by one. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.”