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The Last Little Blue Envelope

TitleThe Last Little Blue Envelope
Author(s)Maureen Johnson
Edition: Hardcover, 282 pages
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Source: Borrowed from library

The Summary
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 Opinion
I loved 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson so much, and I was sad to think that we would never find out what happened to the last little blue envelope. Luckily, Johnson anticipated this need and wrote a sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope. Just like the first, it is a fast and fun read, but the characters have grown, giving it a more mature feeling than before.

Ginny has grown up due to the events last summer and because of that she is more secure in her new journey. I really like Ginny. I think in high school we could’ve been friends. She is just a naturally nice, funny person. That’s why when she gets blackmailed at the beginning of the story by Oliver, the guy who found her envelope, and screwed over by Keith, her boyfriend from the first book, I started a little “She-Woman, Man-Haters Club”. But fortunately for Ginny, both of these situations lead to something better.

Speaking of “She-Woman, Man-Haters Club”, Keith was the biggest douchebag ever! I loved him so much in 13LBE, but he became a huge jerk! The biggest problem is he thinks what he’s doing is right, and that he’s protecting Ginny! What a bunch of bollocks! At times you could see the old Keith peeking through, which gave me hope, but ultimately they were dashed upon the rocks of douchiness. Of course this turned me more towards Oliver, who, may I remind you, was blackmailing Ginny! I mean it’s really bad when I liked the blackmailer over Keith!

Character creation is one of the things Johnson does best, but she also takes you on this great journey through Europe once again. This is one of the reasons I liked 13LBE, and now this book, so much. I’ve never been outside of the United States, and barely outside of Florida, so being able to experience Ginny’s adventures was great! And what adventures; she breaks into a cafe in Paris, hunts down a pink houseboat in Amsterdam, and visits a special hidey-hole in Ireland. Each place added another layer to the extraordinary journey Ginny was on with her Aunt Peg.

The Last Little Blue Envelope tied up Ginny’s story nicely. Both she and the reader get the answers left over from 13LBE, get to visit some new and familiar places, and discover that all anyone needs is to trust in themselves. This duet should not be missed; if you haven’t read 13 Little Blue Envelopes or The Last Little Blue Envelope you need to pronto!
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Final Rating
Book Cover: 3/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 46/50: A-

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