Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope

The Last Little Blue Envelope
Maureen Johnson
280 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Last summer Ginny went on an European vacation orchestrated by her deceased aunt, following thirteen little blue envelopes on a mission.  Sadly, her backpack was stolen before she could read the last envelope. Then, out of the blue, she gets an e-mail from a stranger who has the last blue envelope... and he's going to go on this final journey with her.

This was a great follow-up to Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes.  Ginny was the same person, and so was Keith - but we were also introduced to a couple new characters - Ellis and Oliver.  They were both pretty distinct and the four of them together made an interesting group as they travelled from London to Paris and Ireland.  The tension between Oliver and Keith was pretty amusing.

As usual, it was great to read about the European places Ginny visited as well as the tasks her aunt provided her.  The plot had the same basic premise as the first novel, but with a greater sense of urgency.    All the while I sort of knew Ginny was going to have to make a decision at the end of the novel and her decision didn't surprise me, but that's not a bad thing.  It was classic Ginny.

I thought the final blue envelope was pretty awesome.  Ginny's aunt had some great things to say and overall the book was very touching.  It was definitely bittersweet because Ginny's aunt was such a great lady and said some profound things, but then at the end you realize she really is gone.

Four stars!  Definitely a must read if you read Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes.

1 comment:

  1. YAY! I loved "13 Little Blue Envelopes"! I have this one coming from the library, I can't wait to read it!


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