Monday, September 05, 2011

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Author: Maureen Johnson
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Library
Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.
Afterreading and loving 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I was super excited when I foundout that Maureen Johnson was writing a sequel, to explain what had happened tothe 13th little blue envelope.

Thestory begins with Ginny getting an e-mail from a guy named Oliver who tells herthat he’s got the last envelope and she should come and get it from him. Fromthe beginning, I knew that this book wasn’t going to have the light, “oh thisis going to be a fun adventure” feel to it as it did with the first book. I wasright. From the moment Ginny is back in England, things just didn’t feel allhappy and fun; there was definite sadness and awkwardness going in with Ginnyand Richard. The plot was rather slow (to me) yet it worked for this book. Obviously,it was repetitive from the first book but I did like how things changed for allthe characters.

Asfor the characters, I didn’t like Keith a lot in this book and I felt thatGinny should have been more…up forward to him? I’m not sure what the right termwould be. Ellis was another character I didn’t like and I’ve actually got noidea why I didn’t like her. She was just a character who I couldn’t stand…Oliverwas rather interesting but I felt that I didn’t get to know him as well as I hadhoped. Though he began to use Ginny for monetary gain, he changed by the end ofthe book and I got the feeling that he and Ginny might have something going on?

Ithink the overall ending was my favorite part. It felt like the most perfectending to me for Ginny and Richard and everyone. I also loved Maureen Johnsonfor making Ginny stay there (if you’ve read the book, you know what I mean) andit also gave me the impression that Ginny and Oliver would be seeing each othermore often!

Ifyou read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, go and read this book now. If you haven’tdelved into the first book, read them both. They’re both awesome and worth yourtime. Overall, The Last Little Blue Envelope ends Ginny’s journey in the mostperfect way and place. It's sad, funny at times, heart warming, annoying at times, and just plain wonderful.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 3.5/5—I'm not sure how I feel about the cover. I loved it until I read the book and I realized that the smiling Ginny didn't go with the book very much....

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