Friday, April 29, 2011

Review of The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Synopsis from Goodreads: "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:   This is a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes in which we followed Ginny on an adventure all through Europe.  This continues on after Ginny returns to the US without finding out what the final letter had said.  I really enjoyed the fact that we actually got a little closure with The Last Little Blue Envelope. We get to return to Europe and the relationships that were left open at the end of the previous book.  There are some new lessons to be learned and I do like how Maureen Johnson presents them.  The one thing I didn't really like about this sequel is that it felt like Maureen Johnson pulled away from Ginny's character in the first book, maybe she was trying to show a more grown up version of Ginny but it felt like she was less the goodie goodie and had less of a conscience.

My Rating:  I am stuck wavering between 2 Paws and a Stump Wag or 3 Paws.  I think given that it is a young adult book that it should get 3 Paws but if it were to be suited more for adults I think it lacked a little depth and that there should have been more consequences for what was done during this adventure.

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