Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Even better than the first!

In this sequel to Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (click here for review), Ginny gets an e-mail from Oliver, the guy who found her lost bag containing the little blue envelopes from Aunt Peg, the letters she thought were lost forever - including the mysterious, unopened 13th envelope.  He asks her to meet him in England during Christmas break, so he can give her the envelopes, but there's a catch. 

Ginny goes on yet another adventure, but this time, even though she is not alone, the decisions and mistakes are hers to make. She is the driving force behind this journey, in which she finds love, friends, and a bit more of herself.

Even though THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE is full of the suspense, excitement and intrigue we loved in the first book, there is a darker element constantly lurking, adding multiple layers to this plot.  The characters are more fully developed, as they remain with Ginny for the duration of the book, and readers are able to see their depth.  Just like the relationships, the conflicts more serious, and Ginny is making choices on her own without her Aunt Peg's letters to guide her.  In the end, she might just make the biggest choice of her life.

I felt like the first book, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, was more about Ginny's discovery of her wild Aunt Peg, while she was pushed beyond her comfort zone to follow in her footsteps.  THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE was Ginny's discovery of herself, and she was the driving force of the group.  Both book receive very high marks from me!  The writing, the characters, the punchy dialogue, I loved it all! 

Book Extras:
Maureen Johnson Website, Blog, Twitter (she owns Twitter...don't let her tell you different)

About the Book:
  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061976792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061976797

  • About the Author:
    I heart Maureen Johnson. Her bio is extensive, as is the list of books she has written. Go here to learn all you can about her. Then, go read lots of her books. Finally, go to one of her appearances. I don't want you to stalk her, though. Listen to her speak - she's funny as hell and you'll want to be just like her (without the Catholic school stuff).

    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


    Zibilee said...

    This one does sound a little different, but also good! I like that it explores a different avenue with the same characters. I need to read these books! Great review!

    bermudaonion said...

    I'm so behind - I haven't even read the first book yet.

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