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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  19,489 Ratings  ·  1,433 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 282 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
Dec 29, 2014 Sonja rated it it was ok
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 09, 2011 Jake Rideout rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights
Oct 02, 2011 Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
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,
Jun 15, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Alyce (At Home With Books)
Nov 05, 2012 Alyce (At Home With Books) rated it really liked it
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Jun 04, 2011 Mari rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2011 Reut rated it did not like it
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.)

Apr 03, 2014 Nik rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2012 Wendy added it
WHUT WHUT! I don't approve in theory, but I know she can do it.
Miranda the Gayvenger
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Annie  Carlson
May 10, 2011 Annie Carlson rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2011 Mollie rated it liked it
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
Sep 08, 2015 TiffanyJane rated it it was amazing
Be sure you read 13 Little Blue Envelopes first!!

I was very happy with the ending. Johnson left us off with another "BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!" But anything could happen next with Ginny.

I read this book in one whole sitting because I wanted to know how the adventure with Ginny and this "Mystery Boy"(And I say that so you can figure out his name when you read this book) would go.

He's a cynical bad boy who, well, has his reasons. Ginny as we know is sweet and innocent and naive. Ginny only wants t
Jul 08, 2016 Leanne rated it it was amazing
Step 1: Purchase this book or borrow it from your local library. Step 2: When it's late and you really *should* be going to sleep, but you can't, open this book and start to read the first couple of chapters. After all, you're curious about how Ginny's story will end. Step 3: Find yourself crying at 5 AM because you stayed up telling yourself "just one more chapter" after. Every. Chapter.

I've said it before in all my reviews of Maureen Johnson, but there's something about her style that gets to
Maddie S
Oct 13, 2016 Maddie S rated it it was ok
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 Ire ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Vava rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I must admit I was reluctant to read this sequel because of my issues with the first book. Don't get me wrong, Maureen Jonhson is a good writer, it's just that I wasn't satisfied with the story and characterization. But I'm happy I read this because I really enjoyed it; Ginny has more personality, the story is interesting and funny at times, there's a purpose to her journeys, and in some way, there's a responsible adult who guides Ginny. However, I do wish Ginny called her parents to at least gr ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Antonia marked it as to-read
There's going to be a second book!!!!!!!
Jun 12, 2016 chai rated it really liked it
i remember reading the first book and being really upset that the last envelope was missing - at the time i took it to be some cruel, but entirely effective, way to end ginny's story without finalizing it: leaving some kind of brilliant possibility at the end of her road. this book left the same sort of possibility, but it was entirely pleasing and i am honestly in love with both of these books.

johnson's writing is entirely inviting and flows so gorgeously that i actually enjoyed reading every
Reg Mars
Feb 29, 2016 Reg Mars rated it really liked it
So I read the first book years ago and I recently came across this one in my house so I thought why not. I barley remembered what happened in the first one so I had to google it so it pretty much summed everything up for me.

This book starts off with Ginny getting an email from a stranger telling her he has the 13th letter from Ginny's aunt that she never got to open because her bag was stolen. He tells her if she wants the letter she needs to go to London and meet him. He ends up blacking mailin
Mar 10, 2011 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 06, 2011 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
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Lori at Pure Imagination
Apr 22, 2011 Lori at Pure Imagination rated it it was amazing
Oh Wow! Really! Wow! 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
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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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