Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

When Ginny Blackstone lost the last little blue envelope in Greece, along with the twelve other letters, she accepted that she would never find out what her aunt had to tell her in that last letter. But when someone calls to say that he found her backpack with all the letters, Ginny finds herself heading to England again for another adventure. The boy who found the letter, Oliver, wants to help Ginny, but only if he is allowed to accompany her and take away half the profit from one of Aunt Peg's paintings. Ginny relunctantly agrees and she finds herself travelling Europe with not just Oliver, but her old friend Keith and his new girlfriend Ellis. If this trip is like last summer, Ginny is in for the treat of a lifetime.

I was really excited to read The Last Little Blue Envelope because it is the newly released sequel to a really great book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes. In the first book, Ginny loses the last envelope, and accepts the fact that she might never know what her aunt had to say. But luckily for us, The Last Little Blue Envelope provides some closure with Ginny receiving the last letter in a rather unorthodox manner.

Oliver, the boy who found the letter, seems very manipulative, because he will only give Ginny the letter if she allows him to take away half the profits from one of Aunt Peg's paintings. As the story progresses, we learn more about Oliver and start to like him more. It actually took me to the very end to start liking Oliver, but I did feel bad for him because Keith gives Oliver a really hard time.

I loved seeing Keith again, but I didn't like him as much in this book. One, for teasing Oliver mercilessly and two, for not telling Ginny he had a girlfriend. Another favorite, Richard, Ginny's uncle, was back and I was glad to see him.

All in all, The Last Little Blue Envelope was full of humor, adventure, and even some romance and is the perfect sequel to a great book. There's not much to really say except that I enjoyed the read and was glad to get some closure to Ginny's story.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
FTC: received from Flamingnet Book reviews.

2011/HarperTeen/280 pages.

1 comment:

We Heart YA said...

I'm like 1/3 of the way through 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES now! Glad to hear this is a good follow-up.