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 didn't feel the same sense of adventure in this novel as I did the first, mostly because this book is focusing more (I felt) on the relationships of the various characters, as well as the characters themselves, then the actual adventure of it. I don't think this is a bad thing at all, the characters are wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know a couple of new ones in this book.
I so want Ms. Johnson to write another book, can be a spin-off, but I just love being in Ginny's life, I love seeing things from her perspective, and I don't ever want to stop. How cool would it be to travel to college with her (I want her to go to Oxford, duh) and see if she could explore something more with the boy at the end of this book (don't want to give away anything).
I will say that I predicted the ending in this book about a quarter of the way through but it was still expertly delivered, so I didn't mind at all. I hated Oliver through most of the book, but I started to hate Keith too, he turned out to be a bit more of an ass than I originally thought. I think Ginny can do way better and I hope she does (wink, wink). I adored Ellis, I mean, I was probably not supposed to because I heart Ginny so much but she was so fun, adventurous, and open. I adored that most about her.
I loved this book, can't wait to read everything Maureen Johnson has ever written. I am going to, trust me. I loved these two books and I will re-read them over and over.
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