The Last Little Blue Envelope picks up where its precursor, 13 Little Blue Envelopes left off. Ginny receives a peculiar email from a boy named Oliver who has found the backpack Ginny lost on her trip across Europe. This backpack contained the thirteenth envelope left to her by her deceased aunt. Each of the thirteen envelopes had contained a task for Ginny as she traveled. She had resigned herself to the fact that she would never know what task the last envelope held, but now she has a second chance.
Upon arriving in England, Ginny discovers that her love interest, Keith, now has a new love interest. He and his girlfriend decide they must help Ginny complete the last task. Oliver has also decided that he will hold the envelope as ransom in return for him coming on the trip, and Ginny sharing the profits from the sale of her aunt’s art that she must retrieve as part of her task.
After overcoming a number of roadblocks, Ginny accomplishes her final task. All the while, she discovers that Oliver might be more charming than she originally thought.
The Last Little Blue Envelope is filled with adventure, whimsy, and humour from beginning to end. It is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader engaged and needing to find out what will happen next. The characters are realistic, and truly develop and mature throughout the story. Ginny fully embodies the “everygirl” character. This book goes beyond the touristy feel of the first book, and it provides a complete resolution to Ginny’s adventure.
That being said, there are no big surprises in this story, and it is predictable at times.
This book is a great pick for those who read the 13 Little Blue Envelopes and were left wanting more.
Johnson, Maureen. The Last Little Blue Envelope. New York: Harper Teen, 2011.