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July 29, 2011

Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Author: Maureen Johnson
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age: Young Adult
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.
The Last Little Blue Envelope is the sequel of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. If you read it, you most remember, Ginny's last envelope was stolen and she had to end her journey her own way. It has been a year and suddenly, she receives an email from a guy who found her backpack (and her letters) and knows she still has one left to read.

I think I liked this book more than the previous. 13 Little Blue Envelopes was good, but I thought Ginny was kind of boring. Instead, now Ginny is older, wiser and more adventurous. She knows this may be her last chance to have an adventure, so she decides to go back to London and retrieve her letter.

Of course, she also wants to see Keith, the hot actor Ginny met last year. They have been talking via internet, but lately Keith has been busy...and she really misses him.

Maureen Johnson manages to create a realistic story of a girl looking for her path. Not everything works out as Ginny's plans when she arrived at London, Keith may have a new girlfriend and Oliver, the guy with her letters, wants to steal from her.

I;m glad not everything was perfect for Ginny, because thanks to that she had so many different opportunities. And I really  liked the changes of the characters, in a year people can change so much without even noticing it.

I liked Ginny much more in this book. Keith was the same, kind of immature, but he shows his other face. He can be actually very mean, and I can't believe Ginny's feelings didn't evaporate right after she saw him again.

Oliver was supposed to be the bad guy, but it's so easy to like him. He wants Ginny and him to finish her last task, which will meant that she probably will gain lots of money. He wants money, but it's obvious his reason is more than greed. He was reserved and mysterious, but also sweet. I couldn't stand reading Keith being mean with him, I just wanted to scream to Ginny to do something.

Overall, The Last Little Blue Envelopewas very enjoyable. I was glad I read about Ginny again and see that she have been maturing and really looking for her path. As I said before, I liked better this one that 13 Little Blue Envelopes, so if you already read that one, I recommend you to read more of Ginny's adventure.

More about this book at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.comGoodreadsAmazon, The Book Depository.

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