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The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  20,275 Ratings  ·  1,489 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s fun, romantic, and hilarious sequel to her breakout hit 13 Little Blue Envelopes gets a brand-new cover!

Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by HarperTeen
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*3.5 stars*

Truth is, I don’t really have that much to say about this book. Was it good? Yeah! But was it amazing? Out-of-the-roof wonderful? Erm, I wouldn’t say that. The plot was fast, yes, and in this book, unlike the first one, the characters definitely were more developed, so in that regard it was great.

Obviously, since the last envelope never got revealed in the first book, I was definitely wanting to find out what’s in it. And…all right, I’ll admit it, this book was kind of missing that al
This one is somewhere between two and three stars for me, but I have to go with the lower rating because a.) I liked it less than 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and b.) the things that bothered me bothered me.

I think with both of these books (this one and 13 Little Blue Envelopes) my main issue was that I'm not only European, I've also been to all of these places??? My criticism doesn't stem from Ginny's view of these places, because of course she was a tourist and would see them in a touristy light,
Jake Rideout
Jan 08, 2011 Jake Rideout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Maureen Johnson have expressed both delight and dismay at the prospect of a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, originally published almost five years ago. "More Ginny! More Keith! *squee*!!" say the optimists. "Maureen Johnson cannot possibly top the first book, especially since she didn't leave much in the way of loose ends," say the pessimists.

Well, pessimists, let me put your concerns to rest. This book is as good as and better than the first one. You thought the wild careening aroun
Oct 10, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-want
"I'm not a violent person," Keith said under his breath, as they climbed the steps to the second level of the bus. "But I've really been meaning to work on that."

And here are the fruits of my labor. I have two major issues with this book, namely, the absurd retconning and the blatant character flanderization.

First: Retcon. For those who don't waste more time than I would like to admit on TV Tropes (I'm speaking to everyone except Cecy), a retcon is RETroactive CONtinuity--the author waving their
3.5 stars

In my experience, it’s a rare thing that a sequel outshines its predecessor – but this was the case for The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson’s funny and charming follow up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Straight up, I liked this book more than the first.

Given the title, it’s hardly a spoiler to say that the plot revolves around that last little blue envelope entrusted to Ginny by her Aunt Peg, and the journey it causes her to embark upon. The characters, some familiar, some new,
Angel Gelique
I was hoping that I'd enjoy this book much better than the first, but I honestly didn't. It started off interesting. Ginny receives an email from a stranger informing her that he has her backpack and the envelopes, including that last envelope that Ginny didn't get a chance to see. So it's back to Europe for Ginny to continue her quest to fulfill her deceased aunt's wishes.

This time, we meet Oliver, who comes across as even more dislikable than Keith. And Keith! I didn't care much for him while
Jun 15, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some time ago, I unashamedly fell in love with Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I included it in an imaginary teen book club series I constructed as a library school assignment and I would still swear that it is one of the most perfect books I've come across for a teen book club. One of these days I'll have one and use it. In the meantime I'll just continue to talk her book up to everyone I know. In the first book, quiet, practical Ginny is ambushed by her inheritance from her late au ...more
Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights
This is exciting, but I'm scared. :/

After reading:
Still had all the elements of the first book, but it was a little slow and incomplete at times.
Melissa McShane
Near the end of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Ginny's backpack, containing the last of her aunt's letters to her, is stolen before Ginny can read it. Though she manages to work out what her aunt's final message is, she still wishes she'd read the letter herself. Months later, she's contacted out of nowhere by someone who says he has her letter and wants to meet her. In England.

This is the point where Maureen Johnson starts to prove that she is some kind of evil genius. Oliver (the letter-holder), ra
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Alrighty, so it's like midnight. And I could be working on writing my own book right now. Or I could be reading the book I wrote when I was 12, because I took it upon myself to read it again just to get another laugh out of it––it's horrendous and about talking cats. But I'm also sick and I have a terrible headache. Seriously, every time I stand up it feels like someone is hitting me in the back of the head with an axe. And I don't want to make that worse. So, like, I guess I'll write a book rev ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Reut rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As you can see here, I did not enjoy 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I was very disappointed because I know Maureen is an awesome person. (Hello, she subbed for John Green on vlogbrothers!) I would have hoped that when Maureen decided to write a sequel, she would have looked at some critical reviews and maybe seen if what they were saying was true. (This is quite mean, but authors do this all the time. Just ask Lauren DeStefano.)

Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I was so ecstatic when this book appeared on Netgalley. Ever since I heard this was going to be a book, I was completely excited for it. This return to the envelopes and the journey was bittersweet, because while it was great to reconnect with Ginny, it was sad knowing the last of Aunt Peg’s letters would be uncovered, and that there wouldn’t be any more journeys after that.

The traveling aspect of this book is incredible. One of the main reasons I loved the first ‘Envelopes’ book is because of t
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Why I Recommend Bumping This Down On Your TBR: It has to create new conflicts from resolved matters in the first book, which means it messes with the resolutions and the aspects of the first book that we enjoyed.
Jun 26, 2017 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly liked this one better than the first.

4.5 stars.
Maddie S
Oct 13, 2016 Maddie S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After going on an amazing adventures do you ever feel like it's not over, or have a feeling that you haven’t accomplished everything you need to do?  Well in this fiction adventure Ginny Blackstone heads back to London for the last part of her Aunts directions. Looking forward to seeing Keith she ends ups going with Oliver the one who found the last envelope, Keith and a new friend Ellis. Like the first book the head where ever the letter tells them to, so they could stay in England, or go to Ir ...more
Alyce (At Home With Books)
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Jun 04, 2011 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot more than Thirteen Blue Envelopes. I've read reviews saying that The Last Little Blue Envelope was less adventurous than its predecessor but I beg to disagree. Because while the first book felt like a flurry of one country after another, this one was more personal. And this time, there were no rules. I loved that this book focused on the characters' relationships while the countries they traveled to provided a backdrop that's both fitting and breathtaking at the same time ...more
So the last, stolen, blue envelope makes an appearance and Ginny is off on adventures again. Lovely. Perfect really, with the hostel full of cats.
WHUT WHUT! I don't approve in theory, but I know she can do it.
Miranda the Gayvenger
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May 17, 2010 Mollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march, net-galley, 2011
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes was one of the first books I read when I first "re-discovered" my love of YA during my graduate school years. I'd devoured most of Dessen's books and stumbled on 13LBE. I LOVED it. While I recall many people having issues with her parents letting a teenager gallivant across the world, I have such a horrible case of wanderlust, and always have, that I didn't give a crap whether it was realistic. When I heard there was going to be a sequel I was ecstatic! However, it ...more
Nikhat Hetavkar
2.75 stars

Warning! This review may contain spoilers to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and some off topic ramblings.

Open Endings? Somehow I never quite got warmed up to the idea of them. I like my stories with a neat end no matter how unrealistic and open endings get on my nerves. People would say that open endings are artistic and reflect real life which has no climatic ending and they allow the reader's perceptive to reflect how the story ends, leaving no one dissatisfied. I would say, well then
Annie  Carlson
Dec 05, 2010 Annie Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, guys. That was freaking boss. Honestly, it's hard for me to describe how much I adore this book. Everything was fantastic. The plot. The characters. The way it was written.... I didn't want it to end, nor be that frustratingly short.

*Spoilers from here on out*

First of all, I love Oliver. Ahh. I was so happy that he was introduced. Keith has always annoyed me. He's just, well, annoying. And I dislike his name. It makes me feel icky.

Buuut, Oliver. Maaaan. That man is pure sexiness. I j
Maria Myka
"It's always easier
to say good-bye
when you know
it's just a prelude
to hello."
Aug 09, 2010 Antonia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
There's going to be a second book!!!!!!!
Jun 14, 2012 Adriana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those funny times where I enjoyed the sequel more than the original. I feel like in this one, I flew right through it, eager to see what was going to pan out through the end.

In the last book, Ginny has her backpack stolen from her, along with the sacred thirteen letters from her aunt. This book is the story of how a young man named Oliver finds it by buying her stolen backpack and basically holding it hostage.

Let me just say that this book did a very good job with character deve
Jun 29, 2017 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice second act

I enjoyed the conclusion of the blue envelope story. The parts about traipsing around Europe just make my traveler's heart smile. Cute, fun YA novel. I debated between 3 & 4 stars, so I would rate this 3.5 stars.
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
I have a confession to make. I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes a few years ago. I was enjoying it so much and so curious to see what was going to happen that I flipped to the end of the story. This is almost always a bad idea and 13 Little Blue Envelopes was no exception. Knowing the ending took away the book's magic and I soon lost interest. I just skimmed the last third of the book. Still, I remembered it positively enough that I picked up The Last Little Blue Envelope. Thankfully, I was reading ...more
**Just a brief warning, that while this review holds no spoilers for The Last Little BLue Envelope, it does have spoilers for 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Proceed with caution.**

So, 13 Little Blue Envelopes was my very first Maureen Johnson book. It is what made me fall in love with her writing. It was such a terrific story. On the surface, a tale of a teenage girl overcoming her shy tendencies and traveling around Europe at the behest and expense of her recently deceased aunt. But, of course, Ginn
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han
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“It's always easier to say good-bye when you know it's just a prelude to hello.” 188 likes
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