Friday, June 10, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson Review

By Maureen Johnson
April 26, 2011
HarperTeen, 288 pages

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.

— description

Sure, this book and its predecessor, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, are totally unlikely. Whose parents just let them up and go to Europe? Alone? On a treasure hunt? I mean, really. The way she’s able to go with the flow is pretty unbelievable.

But I sort of don't care!!! I love a wild adventure.

This is a quick, fun read, and this book ties things up nicely for Ginny. Maureen Johnson is a big star on Twitter, and with great reason: Her writing, be it in a novel or in a 140-character tweet, is sharp, lighthearted and shows that she’s clearly twisted in the best way possible.

Follow her @maureenjohnson. STAT! Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for my review copy of this book.

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  1. I love 13LBE and I thought this sequel was pretty much perfect! It got a bit slow near the middle but I love how things end up... ;) Hard not to give any spoilers away!

  2. This looks really cute. I want to read it!

  3. I read the first one and thought the same thing: it was cute and fun and enjoyable, but who really would let their children do this?! Either way, I've been excited about the sequel! :o) Thanks for the review!

  4. I feel like there could be a third book...did you think that at all? You probably didn't think that because you said it was wrapped up

  5. Yeah, we read 13LBE and thought it was completely ridiculous... and yet still fun. Lol. No surprise that the sequel would be the same. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the review!

  6. Glad to hear that it is similar in feel to the first book. I agree, while totally unrealistic it was still fun. Great review!

  7. I seriously SERIOUSLY need to read the first book because it's been sat on my shelf for longer than I would like to admit!

  8. I just got my review copy. So excited to read this and it's predecessor. I love Maureen Johnson's writing and she was so funny when she did the keynote at last years Book Blogger Convention.


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