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The Last Little Blue Envelope

(Little Blue Envelopes #2)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  22,819 ratings  ·  1,670 reviews
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 resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.

Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag.
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen (first published April 26th 2011)
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Nicole Needles Okay, so I'll try not to spoil anything, but there will be a slightly unexpected romance. Slightly because we meet this new character who may be a…moreOkay, so I'll try not to spoil anything, but there will be a slightly unexpected romance. Slightly because we meet this new character who may be a love interest, then things seem to be going well for our protagonist with a different character, and ultimately it has a somewhat unexpected ending romance-wise. As for how often romance occurs, I would say there are spots where it's "mushy" but I felt mostly the plot was driven and she was focused on finishing her journey.(less)

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Aleeeeeza
*3.5 stars*

Truth is, I dont really have that much to say about this book. Was it good? Yeah! But was it amazing? Out-of-the-roof wonderful? Erm, I wouldnt 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 whats in it. Andall right, Ill admit it, this book was kind of missing that
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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,
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Jake Rideout
Jan 08, 2011 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
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Erin
Oct 10, 2012 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
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Susan
Jun 15, 2011 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 ...more
jv poore
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, own-it
Of course Maureen Johnson would write a follow up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes because so many of her fans wrote to her asking for it.

And it is fabulous.
Reynje
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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

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

Given the title, its 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,
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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
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Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights
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.
Reut
Jun 02, 2011 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.)

BUT NO, SHE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT. BECAUSE EVERY.SINGLE.FRACKING.THING I
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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),
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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 Pegs letters would be uncovered, and that there wouldnt 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 the
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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.
Brigid ✩
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 itit'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 ...more
Zephyr
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly liked this one better than the first.

4.5 stars.
Jenny
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot more than the previous book.

Full review here: https://jenjenreviews.wordpress.com/2...
Maddie S
Oct 13, 2016 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 havent 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 ...more
Alyce (At Home With Books)
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Mari
Jun 04, 2011 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 ...more
Kaethe Douglas
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.
Wendy
WHUT WHUT! I don't approve in theory, but I know she can do it.
Miranda
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Jennifer Brown
Average young adult story. This should be more of a fantasy novel. (In continuation with the first one) there's no way an 18y.o. girl would make it running around Europe. She does have people with her the whole time in this one, but still. I didn't like Oliver's character in the beginning and how she just went along with everything he wanted. She had absolutely no backbone after everything she went through the summer before. And then the way Keith's character acted was unbelievable (u less ...more
Janell Wheeler
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tame, the-arts
I loved the adventure Ginny's aunt took her on in the last book. I was happy to find out there was another book. What a twist this story took. I was so mad at Keith through most of this book. I was also upset at Oliver. This story is not very realistic, I can't imagine letting a 17 year only roam around Europe on her own, maybe that is just my protective mama bear instincts but I still really enjoyed the story. My heart went out to Ginny & Richard so very much. There were quite a few times ...more
Rachel Harris
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is one of my favorite books. It brought me to new places as Ginny traveled all across Europe on a quest to fulfill her dead aunts wishes. Maureen Johnson gave me adventure, romance, character growth, and lots and lots of laughter. So when I discovered she had completed a sequelTHE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPEI couldnt wait to reconnect with my old friend Ginny and see what escapades Johnson has up her sleeves now.

I am pleased to say that I enjoyed the sequel even better
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Mollie
May 17, 2010 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
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Annemarie Carlson
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
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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
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