Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope #2)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Pages: 282
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061976792

Seventeen-year-old Ginny Blackstone is off on another fun, romantic, and hilarious European adventure in this irresistible sequel to Johnson’s breakout hit “13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Review

The Last Little Blue Envelope picks up where 13 Little Blue Envelopes finished and it talks about Ginny and her “adventure” traveling cross Europe to accomodate her dead Aunt Peg’s wishes. The Last Little Blue Envelope is the closure that Ginny seeks after what happened in 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Here she revisits the places she went before but with a few editions, one being Oliver – the lad that contacted her and will be a vital element in the story. I opted not to include much details to avoid telling spoilers.

The Last Little blue Envelope was somewhat questionable in the sense that it raised a lot of question marks for me. For one, where are her parents? I mentioned in my previous review about this small detail and somehow in this story, there’s no difference at all. Another thing, Europe is supposed to be magical right? Well both books seemed to lack that magic – I wasn’t feeling like I was visiting the best of Europe. I was hoping to read a descriptive picture of the places she’s traveling to but I got none – just the idea that she went here and there. With that said, I did enjoy this book. It was a fun read and I would definitely say better than the first book.

This is an okay book but not the best book out there. I advice readers to read the first book before reading this one – you’ll seriously regret it if you don’t. It is a quick read so don’t worry about it being boring since it isn’t.

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Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Pages: 319
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0060541431

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn’t know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

REVIEW

13 Little Blue Envelopes was a lovely read. It wasn’t as bad as some people described it to be but it wasn’t amazing. There were a few things that irked me but there are also enough reason for me to like the book.

First, who allows their 17 year ol to travel across the globe following instructions that a dead aunt gave with no means of communication or whatsoever and no means of security whatsoever.

Second, lack of connection between the story, characters and me. I get the story, I enjoy the premise yet somehow I wasn’t connecting to the book.

Third, the ending was a shiny red bow. What I meant by that is that somehow the ending was anticipated and predictable. A different ending would have been nice.

Lastly, the love interest/love story = not interesting.

Bottom line, it’s an ok book but not a must read book. A great book to get you by and pass time but not something that leaves a mark. Fun and enjoyable, quick read but certainly has room for development.