Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Series: Little Blue Envelopes, #2
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Purchased (eBook)
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.
I will admit, when I finished reading the first book in this series, I felt like there was something missing. I loved the story of Ginny and the journey her aunt sent her on, but without that last little blue envelope, it felt slightly incomplete. After I finished reading that first book, I immediately had to dive into the second one — I needed more of Ginny’s story and more traveling!
It was wonderful to get back into this story again. Maureen Johnson is such a great storyteller, putting heart and soul in her stories, as well as plenty of humour. Not only that, but I love stories that are like a grander scale road trip — traveling through Europe is something I love to see in books, mainly because I love to live vicariously through the travelers.
At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the way this story comes together in the beginning — there was a bit of manipulation going on to get Ginny where she had to be (and the character doing this could be quite frustrating!), BUT after a while I started really loving the characters and the story. It’s hard to talk about the story without ruining the whole thing, but initially I was so disappointed with one of the characters, but by the end I was so happy with how everything turned out. Naturally, I should’ve trusted Maureen Johnson from the start. There’s humour and romance, maybe a bit of a love triangle (maybe?), but it all fit together so well.
This one doesn’t quite live up to the first one in the series, but it was still a lot of fun. My only complaint is that I felt like the main character was a little young to be traipsing through Europe, though that might just be because I would’ve been a complete chicken to do so myself. There is still family in the story (in case you’re wondering what kind of parents are letting their child do this) and I loved meeting Ginny’s uncle again.
I really love Maureen Johnson’s writing and look forward to any book she puts out. It’s been a lot of fun working my way through her books and I do love these little two-book series that she puts out.