The Last Little Blue Envelope
By: Maureen Johnson
Reported by: Julianna Helms
A wonderful journey full of startling discoveries, heartbreaking truths, and a gorgeously interwoven fairytale-ish ending, The Last Little Blue Envelope does not disappoint fans of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
My favorite thing about Maureen Johnson is her realistic, wonderful sense of humor. Ginny is a likable character who I've come to love through her mistakes and encounters, journeys and findings. With a cast of characters full of both old and new loves, Ginny's last adventure made me smile and laugh, shout with outrage, and smile all over again.
I had a few confusions with this book, mostly circulating around the plot. There were twists and extraordinary experiences, but there was also times when someone seemed out of character. Their actions felt abnormal, and there wasn't really anything important enough to keep me hooked to the story. This is a very character-driven book. Without Ginny, I don't know if I would have kept reading. Some plot holes could've been easily avoided, and there was a few times when I couldn't help shake my head at the thoughtless behaviors. I would have liked more character development on some of the secondary characters, but truly, it's the ambition and ferocity in Ginny--not the story itself--that kept me turning the pages and devouring this book.
Maureen Johnson sets a high bar of expectations each time, and she has yet to let me down. With simplistic and thoughtful prose, she delivers another novel that won't leave an impression of wow, but will certainly leave an impression of jubilation.