Summary of The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson:
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. (via Goodreads)
Maureen Johnson: you are good.
Seriously. Through the first section of The Last Little Blue Envelope I went through a whiplash-inducing “yay, revisiting beloved charact…WTF NOOOO…um, this sucks….oh wait, hmmmm….” schizophrenic fit. I didn’t know whether Maureen was on crack, trying to make a joke or just plain insane. I couldn’t believe what she’d done to Ginny! But, the back of my brain kept telling me to keep reading – and I am so glad I did!
As for the whole Oliver thing. It took me awhile y’all. Over halfway through the book and I’m still waiting to see what the magic plot twist is that will make me go “okay – I like you now!” Then…all of a sudden…we have some HP action. Seriously, I would swear she wrote the scene with me in mind. “Okay you stubborn little twerp, you still don’t like my new MC? *BAM! HARRY POTTER VOODOO!*” From that point on, it didn’t matter. He could have been a serial killer. Harry Potter is the trump card and Maureen Johnson played it well. I knew there was probably still going to be some magic “AH HA!” moment with his character, but it didn’t matter. I was sold. One of the coolest scenes ever.
In the end, I couldn’t have loved the book more, crazy-insane-plot-twist from the first book and all. It all just fit so well, and really highlights what a brilliant writer/creator Maureen Johnson is. I have long considered her the master of YA dialogue….and in this book proves to be a master of character and plot development as well.
If you read the first book – immediately read this. If you haven’t, you really need to pick up this duo; I promise you won’t be sorry! Highly recommended.