Thursday, April 7, 2011

Up and Coming: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

 The Last Little Blue Envleope
by Maureen Johnson

In the original, 13 Little Blue Envelopes we got to travel around Europe with Ginny as she followed her deceased aunt's instructions. These led her on an unforgetable adventure. It was she met hilarious people, there were beaches and hostles and a robbery. (PS: If you haven't read this book, then now is the time to announce *spoiler alert* about the rest of this review!)

And one of the great things about the novel was that it had an excellent ending. It wasn't CLEARLY the start of a series. It didn't leave you off in the middle of things, chomping at the bit for the next installment. Not there's anything wrong with that kind of book, we here at TATAL love series books too, but a great ending is sometimes all you could want.... except that this review is about a sequel.
 Obviously, I was a little worried about this. Sometimes you revisit a character that you'd loved and had a great time with and this time it is not so great.You wish they'd left well enough alone. But it was Maureen Johnson, so I had to give her a shot. I mean, she's the woman behind this video (click on the image to play):
She does not mess around. And Ms. Johnson did not disappoint! Right away she puts you back in the swing of things and makes you very happy you agreed to reunite with Ginny and her friends. So, let's get to it:

Once again Ginny is on her way to England. This time with a partially completed college essay and a possible lead on the last letter from her aunt. Yes, the one that she thought was lost forever after a Grecian Island mishap (read: the previously mentioned, really annoyingly-timed, robbery). 

Ginny is barely off the plane at Heathrow when the letters once again send her off an adventure. This time with the help of Keith (from 13 LBE, who was very crush-worth but had recently become very-unreachable) and Ellis, a girl who is his friend (and maybe more). Also along for the trip is Oliver, the strange guy who sent Ginny a few lines of her aunt's letter. He is now moodily brooding in the backseat of Keith's car as well. They are a gang of misfits on a mission.

The Last Little Blue Envelope is the perfect book for those who are having more of a stay-cation for spring break. Travel with Ginny and you'll feel like you got to go on the autobahn and eat french food and listen to boys with English accents, all from the comfort of your home and without having to go through customs. It's a very funny, very fun trip to Europe that you will be very glad you took.

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