Series Review: Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Series Review: Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonTitle: Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2010-2012

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In 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 a playwright/thief/ bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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Review

I had been waiting to read the Little Blue Envelopes series by Maureen Johnson for a while, and I was so glad to finally get the chance his summer. The story is both cute and inspiring, and the main character transforms. In my opinion, the story should have ended with the first book, but the sequel is still interesting enough. This is the perfect book for those looking for an adventurous read.

This book tells the story of a girl who travels through Europe with letters from her aunt as her guide. I love any book about travel, so I was excited to read about the descriptions of Ginny’s trip. The full letters are also included, and this provides some nice immersion. I found it interesting how the trip isn’t glamorous, and Ginny can only bring enough to fit inside a backpack for her journey. This is different from other books I’ve read which only feature privileged teens travelling. Ultimately, this is an original and thought-provoking read which is perfect for those looking for something quick.

I enjoyed Ginny’s character throughout the books. She is pretty shy but is forced to step out of her comfort zone with the challenges her aunt provides. Ginny is pretty brave for following through with the trip and travelling all by herself, and I liked how she tries her best to accomplish each task. I did feel like Ginny complains a lot, but I guess it’s appropriate considering what she goes through.

While I enjoyed the first book, I didn’t think a sequel was necessary. The second instalment is cute, but nothing really major happened that made me think wow! It featured a lot of walking around with little action. Keith’s character is also very different, and not for the better. In my opinion, the story should have wrapped up at the end of the first book, however the sequel is worth the read to know what the final letter says.

Little Blue Envelopes is an inspiring story about travel and family. I enjoyed the unique concept and the main character who transforms. Personally, I didn’t think the story needed a second instalment, but it is worth the read to tie up a couple loose ends.

About Maureen Johnson

Image of Maureen Johnson.

Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls’ Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen’s characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

17 thoughts on “Series Review: Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

  1. Angela says:

    One of my pet peeves is unnecessary sequels. As long as books don’t end on a cliffhanger, I don’t mind some loose ends. I’m glad you enjoyed the first book!

  2. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says:

    Yay! I’m really happy you read and enjoyed this series! I read the first book a long time ago and remember enjoying it a lot, the travel, the characters, I have fond memories of it all. I haven’t read the sequel, but it seems like I am not missing out on much by not doing so, so… that’s good haha 🙂
    Lovely review! 🙂

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    These have been around a long time, and they sound so cute. I haven’t read them, but I think they would be a fun little end of summer series!

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