The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)
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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 mysterio...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Aleeeeeza
*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...more
Brianna Rose
This is exciting, but I'm scared. :/

After reading:
4.5
Still had all the elements of the first book, but it was a little slow and incomplete at times.
Sonja
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,...more
Jake Rideout
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...more
Erin
"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...more
Melissa Proffitt
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...more
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...more
Reynje
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,...more
Susan
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
Alyce (At Home With Books)
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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
Reut
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.)

BUT NO, SHE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT. BECAUSE EVERY.SINGLE.FRACKING.THING I HATE...more
Nik
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...more
Wendy
Nov 17, 2012 Wendy added it
WHUT WHUT! I don't approve in theory, but I know she can do it.
Mari
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
Mollie
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
Antonia
Aug 09, 2010 Antonia marked it as to-read
There's going to be a second book!!!!!!!
Kristina
First off, I would like to thank the kind folks over at NetGalley and HarperTeen for allowing me to read an advanced e-galley copy of The Last Little Blue Envelope!!

I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes in January and instantly fell in love with the story. When I got to the end and realized that Ginny (and therefore myself) will never know what the last letter said, I was devastated. I’m not even being dramatic; I was really upset and threw the book on my floor. I know, mature. I think I was more pis...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Lovely. Simply lovely. Just as charming as the first in the duology, The Last Little Blue Envelope is 200+ pages of humor, unrequited love, European landmarks, beloved familiar characters, intriguing new characters with awesome coattails, and a fulfilling and imaginative ending to a well-written and thoroughly engaging series. I loved this book. It's as simple as that. It was highly highly enjoyable and easy to read. This seems to be the rare sequel that does not disappoint fans of the original....more
Miranda
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Meghan
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Lori (Pure Imagination)
Oh Wow! Really! Wow!...now that I have gotten that out of the way, I just want to say, I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes several months ago. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I felt a little disconnected to Ginny, but the plot was enough to make me want to read more. How could you possibly not want to read about English boys and foreign countries?! So, of course, I wanted to read The Last Little Blue Envelope, and I was thrilled at what I found!

I think Maureen has definitely grown as a writer sinc...more
Annie  Carlson
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...more
I Eat Words
It took me a little bit to sink into the writing style of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. In the end, I really enjoyed the story. When I found out Maureen Johnson wrote a sequel, of course I was going to read it. I had to find out what happened. I longed for another adventure with Ginny and Keith. I wanted to be transported to different cultures and unexpected places.

The Last Little Blue Envelope didn't disappoint. Ginny's story continues when a mysterious yet slightly sexy English guy, Oliver, conta...more
Jennifer
I was so excited to finally see that damn 13th envelope but it takes the whole book. Oliver finds the letters and decides to hold them hostage because he wants half the money from the art sale. Aunt Peg had one more art piece for Ginny to collect. Ginny, Oliver, Keith, and Keith's new girlfriend Ellis, travel to three places to collect the pieces. So nice of Keith to tell Ginny about his girlfriend as in not because he didn't but I had an awful feeling in my stomach that I knew that was what hap...more
Jeni
I honestly was a little bummed when I realized that "13 Little Blue Envelopes" wasn't a stand-alone novel. I'm so tired of series. However, Johnson does such a fantastic job of character development that even her token sort of quirky characters are more than tokens.
"The Last Little Blue Envelope" picks up a few months after the first one ended. After traveling through Europe, following direction in the 13 little blue envelopes her aunt left her after her death, Ginny is back at home enjoying hi...more
Arthur Pengerbil
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Jessica Lawlor
Ginny is working on her college applications trying to sum up her whirlwind summer into a succinct, sensible admissions essay when she receives a strange email. It’s from a mystery boy who says he’s found her bag- the bag that contained letters from Aunt Peg and the one final letter Ginny had yet to read.

Ready for a new adventure, Ginny heads back to London where she meets Oliver, the boy with the letters and her bag. He tells her that he won’t give her the letters unless she agrees to let him c...more
Stephanie
*4.5 stars*

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this sequel, because I really loved the way 13 Little Blue Envelopes had ended. I ended up absolutely loving this one too, though. It's a sign of just how good a book is that it can end in exactly the way I didn't want it to end, emotionally, and yet I can still love it anyway and think that the right stuff happened.

Just like with the first book, it really conveyed the awesomeness of exploring Europe, with sparkling writing and really vivid settings - I'...more
Samantha Bil
This quarter I read “The Last Little Blue Envelope” written by Maureen Johnson. I really enjoyed this sequel to Maureen Johnson’s previous novel, “13 Little Blue Envelopes.” I think it was better than the first one. The writing is more relaxed and it is more visual. I felt like I connected more with the main character in this one than the other. After the first book I was left with an empty feeling because I didn’t know what happened to the last envelope or what it contained. When I saw this boo...more
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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...more
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