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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Released: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rated: YA
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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.

What I thought:

I think this rounded out the first book really well. I had some lingering questions from the first one (I think that was how it was supposed to be) and they were answered in this one. I didn't particularly care for Keith in the first one, so I was glad for the addition of not only his girlfriend, but Oliver as well. I thought the foursome brought a better dynamic to the second story.

We get to see Richard a bit more in this novel and I was glad for that. I really liked him in the first one but thought we didn't get enough face time with this character. What I didn't really expect though, was the development of their relationship as uncle and niece. While I don't think they truly act like uncle and niece, they do pull together like a new family and certainly do have a strong bond that was forged by Ginny's aunt.

The conclusion on this was more satisfying than the first, although we really don't see an ending to the book as I would have liked to have seen. Despite that, I really did enjoy the story, I liked reading about Ginny going back to the places she's already been. Some of it felt like it was on repeat, but as a whole, it was enjoyable.

My Rating:
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Allison said...

I didn't think the ending was super satisfying either, but I had such a blast reading the book!

Jules said...

This is a series that I'm still a little undecided about, but time and money allowing I do think that I want to read them.

Rubita said...

The ending only made me want more. Specifically, I'd love to see Ginny when she goes to school in England. That way, we'd get more Richard and more Oliver. It did do a lot to round out the story that was begun in 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but it sort of opened a whole new can of worms.

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