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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maureen Johnson Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Little Blue Envelope Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062067821
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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 mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnson’s prose is as fluid and assured as ever, and extortion, heartbreak, and a host of entertaining British boys all play their parts as Ginny and friends venture from London to Paris, Amsterdam, and Dublin. Readers who, like Ginny, are on the edge of adulthood, will be drawn in by this winning mix of globe-trotting adventure and romance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As full of surprises, exploration, love, and life lessons as…[Johnson’s] first book. Readers who enjoyed that will be glad to see Ginny’s quest continue.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A lively adventure with fully formed characters…Johnson’s characters are just the right blend of quirky and likeable to hold teens’ interest; they feel remarkably real, yet their circumstances are extraordinary. This is one of the rare books that will delight both lovers of contemporary adventures and those who prefer realistic romances.”

    VOYA

  • “Readers who finished 13 Little Blue Envelopes and wondered what was in the thirteenth envelope finally have an answer—and it’s a good one…Always authentic, usually funny, and occasionally heartrending; Johnson excels at conveying emotions through natural-sounding dialogue. New readers and old fans will find much to like, right down to the final life-altering kiss, in this celebration of growing up, moving on, and embracing (sometimes literally) the unexpected.”

    Horn Book magazine

  • “Johnson’s legions of fans will happily follow Ginny’s European adventures for the humor, realistic dialogue, and delicate journey through the grieving process.”

    Booklist

  • “[The Last Little Blue Envelope] begins a wild and tense journey through the British Isles…Ginny, a practical and level-headed girl, is likable and easy to root for. With its blend of life lessons and a dash of romance, this sequel is sure to appeal to fans of the first book.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Delightfully madcap…An appealingly smart and honest read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pammy | 2/12/2014

    " I actually finished yesterday but I forgot to update. It was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Salas | 2/9/2014

    " Sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I really liked this one, though it didn't have the same magic as the first one, to me. I think part of it was that in the first one, you feel like Ginny is totally out of her element, and you're there with her. In the second one, she's back where you already know her, so you lose that fish-out-of-water aspect of it. It's still lovely and charming, but it's more predictable than the first one, too. (view spoiler)[ You just know the whole way through that she's going to end up falling for Oliver. And it's no big surprise that she decides to go to college in England, as well. (hide spoiler)] And she's so out of touch with her family that it starts to feel like it really is a mash-up. We're supposed to believe Ginny as a high-school senior, but it seems she's already living a basically independent life. Didn't seem realistic. And Ginny is pretty innocent, which is fine, but all the pieces of her situation don't always go together. She seems more like a 9th-or 10th-grader whose age was bumped up to make the travel more realistic. But she doesn't really feel like a high-school senior to me... And, and I know this is nit-picky, but what's up with the photoshopped envelope on the cover? I don't look at covers much (since I choose books based on recommendations and recognition of author name), but once my husband pointed out that the photo is clearly NOT of a girl really holding the envelope, it was so obvious. No drop shadow or anything?! C'mon! This book deserves a more polished cover. All that said, though, this was an enjoyable read. I couldn't wait to see what Ginny was up to now, and I loved the humor and the awkward situations throughout! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tsejin | 12/22/2013

    " This book was surprisingly a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden | 12/17/2013

    " I loved this book its on my like top 200 and i love oliver but could somebody tell me his last name? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/13/2013

    " Team Keith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/12/2013

    " I thought that this book was actually better than the original. The storyline was more interesting and more integrated, and I enjoyed the little mystery of Oliver. The relationships were more well-developed, and the Ellis twist made everything more interesting too. A fun, fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/10/2013

    " I was glad Ginny came into her own and being a stronger character in this book. The place descriptions were great, Aunt Peg continued to engage, and the friendships, new and old, felt homey. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Riley | 12/9/2013

    " Very cute! I loved how reading the book felt like a quick trip through Europe. It was a nice conclusion to the first book (13 Little Blue Envelopes), a little predictable, but still fun and sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashelynn | 11/21/2013

    " Swoon. I love Maureen Johnson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Houlihan | 8/30/2013

    " Laughed out loud at several points - Johnson has a real gift for witty turns of phrase! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amina | 5/28/2013

    " Not too impressed. I was expecting a lot more. Oh well, it was ok. Nothing life changing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reb | 5/16/2013

    " This book made me so sad. I loved the first book and this was just wasn't as good, it was still alright though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marifran | 1/5/2013

    " Liked it more than the first one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 12/25/2012

    " Not usually a fan of sequels, but it seems that there can be exceptions.Everyone should have such an aunt as Ginny's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Robison | 5/15/2012

    " Just finished this charming book. I really enjoyed the first book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes and was looking forward to the sequel. It didn't disappoint. It is light reading but fun and full of international adventures and unexpected relationships. I thought it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianne | 7/1/2011

    " Book #63 of 2011 - slow moving in the beginning, like I couldn't wait for it to end. It picked up and I really enjoyed the last half of the book and by the time I got to the end, I really wanted it to continue for at least a couple more chapters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/22/2011

    " 3.5/5 stars. For me, more enjoyable than the first in the series, especially since Keith was not my favorite love interest ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 joyce | 5/19/2011

    " this one hit me hard. I was totally surprised (and pleased!) with the outcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 5/16/2011

    " It's rare I like a sequel more than the first book. In this case I think the second book is much better than the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 faeriecrone | 5/10/2011

    " This was a lovely surprise. I never thought of another book. But it made sense and it was quite magical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac and Elizabeth | 5/10/2011

    " This was a good sequel to Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. I would have given it 5 stars but I one of the characters really got on my nerves. Overall it is a sweet book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2011

    " Just finished this charming book. I really enjoyed the first book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes and was looking forward to the sequel. It didn't disappoint. It is light reading but fun and full of international adventures and unexpected relationships. I thought it was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/9/2011

    " I started this book and wasn't liking it, but then I enjoyed it more than the first. I love surprises! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/8/2011

    " I really liked the first book, but I found this book mostly frustrating throughout, and the ending, though I liked it, did not make up for the overall depressing nature of the majority of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 caitlin | 5/7/2011

    " Not as compelling as the first book was, and the ending left me a little maudlin. Maybe Maureen Johnson will write a third book in a few years that will leave me feeling more complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 5/6/2011

    " Very light duty, but a fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels, including The Name of the Star and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. She lives in New York City and travels to the United Kingdom regularly.

About the Narrator

Emily Durante’s recent performance credits on the East Coast include commercial and industrial voice work and a multitude of audiobook narrations. She has also directed audiobooks, including the Earphones Award–winning performance of Heaven’s Keep narrated by Buck Schirner. Emily resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two young boys.