Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope (13 Little Blue Envelopes, #2)
Maureen Johnson
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
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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.

My Review:
Have you ever taken longer than usual to finish reading a book, not because you didn’t want to read it, but because you didn’t want it to end?
That was what happened to me with The Last Little Blue Envelope. Usually when a book that was intended to be a stand-alone has a sequel, I end up not liking it as much as the first book. But in this case, there was nothing to dislike!

I loved reading about more of Ginny’s adventures. She had matured, and her relationships with the other characters had developed as well. I liked Oliver very much, especially once I got to know him and found out about his past. The quirky humor that made 13 Little Blue Envelopes so fun was present in this book too, but there were also serious tones. Maybe it was because of that that I liked this book even more than its predecessor.

In my review of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I said that it made me want to visit England. Well, this book made me want to move to England. Maureen Johnson’s vivid descriptions made it seem like such an amazing place.

Enjoyable, intricate and lively, The Last Little Blue Envelope is a must-read for fans of the first book. Because of the conclusive yet open ending, I think there’s no harm in hoping for a third book (please, Maureen?).

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