Monday, August 13, 2012

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: April 26th, 2011
Pages: 282

Cover: 2/5 Stars
Plot: 5/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Palak

*Possible spoilers: This book is a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes! (You can read my review under "Review Archive").

Ginny Blackstone thought the adventure of her life was over. Last summer she received letters from her deceased Aunt Peg that sent her off on a journey across Europe. But before she could read the last one, it was stolen along with her other stuff. Now, she gets an e-mail from a man who claims he has her letters, and makes her way to London to meet him.

Ginny thought she would just get her things back when she met Oliver, the man who has her letters. What she doesn't know is that he will set her off on a life changing journey with old and new friends, all masterminded by her quirky Aunt Peg.

The Last Little Blue Envelope is in one word: amazing. I loved the first book in the series, but I adored this one even more. Maureen Johnson's writing was even more great, the characters more developed, and it was an overall fantastic book. I almost finished the book in one sitting, and I still wanted more long after.

When reading the first book, Ginny wasn't necessarily my favorite character. But in this book,  I felt like I got to know her better. She was a fantastic narrator because she was so easy to relate to! She's just one of those great girls that you can easily laugh -and cry- along with. This is probably the last book in the series, but I still really want to read how her story continues!

This book had so many golden nuggets of wisdom that really made you think! This is what sealed the deal for me as one of my all-time favorites. Like John Green's books, you can't just read this book without it making you genuinely engrossed in thoughts. Combined with the wanderlustness this book provides, it's quite profound. I can't wait to get into more of her books!

Like I mentioned before, Ginny takes her new leg of the journey with new and old friends. Honestly, they seemed great travelling companions! At first, Oliver came off as a bit of a jerk. He reminded me of Sherlock (from Sherlock, one of the awesomest shows of all time) and mostly kept to himself. But as Ginny and the reader got to know him better, he was just a normal, nice guy. Keith (like in the first book) was witty and made me laugh. And Ellis- even though we didn't get to know her that well- was really nice. You can never have a good book without good, developed characters, and Maureen Johnson sure hit the bulls-eye on hers.

In my review of the first book, I mentioned that the author didn't really go in depth enough with the setting. In this one, she sure did. Her imagery was wonderful! Albeit Ginny didn't travel to as many places as in the first book. This book is a perfect lazy summer read! You can experience the wonders of travelling... without leaving your own couch!

Bonus: Oliver can recite chapters of Harry Potter! *Swoon*

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