Seventeen-year old Ginny receives a letter from her much-loved Aunt Peg several months after Peg's death. The letter directs Ginny to book a one-way ticket to London and then go to New York to acquire a mysterious parcel left for her at the 4th Noodle ... the contents of that parcel will take her to London, Scotland, Rome, Paris, and beyond.
I have to say that I loved the premise of this novel and had looked forward to reading it for quite a while. I did have a lot of fun reading about the places Ginny visited and the interesting people she met. However, Ginny's travels didn't seem to provide her much fun (frequently, I wanted to shout "You're in Europe! Try to enjoy yourself!") and she was never as interesting as the people she met. I finished the novel feeling I didn't know Ginny any better than when I had started it -- even though I had been with her on every step of her journey. In the end, she felt more like a plot device than a real person.
Ginny issues aside, I thought 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a fast, fun summer read and look forward to The Last Little Blue Envelope.