13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
I liked Maureen Johnson’s other books, so I added this one to my list, although it looked a little less mature than the books I usually like. It pleasantly surprised me, though, with an ending that was unresolved and realistic. In this book, the protagonist Ginny’s artist aunt dies, and leaves Ginny with a kind of scavenger hunt through Europe as part of her will. The blue envelopes tell her where to go and what to do. She travels around, visiting various famous and less famous places, and gets involved with a young playwright named Keith. The lessons Ginny learns are not life-changing, but it’s an interesting and fun read. Recommended more for younger teens.
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
In this sequel, Ginny returns to England about 6 months after her previous trip, hoping to reconnect with Keith, and figure out what to say in her college application essays. A mysterious and prickly young man offers to give her back the envelopes she lost–for a price. The final envelope takes the group on another scavenger hunt through Europe. The ending is about as good as the first one too. A decent sequel.