Title: This Adventure Ends
Author: Emma Mills
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publishing Information: October 4th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: ARC for Review
Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.
I read Emma Mill’s debut book, First & Then (review here), last year and fell in love with her writing style. That book was one of my favorite contemporaries of last year so when I heard that she was writing a new book, I knew that I needed it my life. This Adventure Ends is just as wonderfully written as First & Then — it has a fantastic cast of characters, an adorable romance, and an incredibly introspective main character who goes through a lot of character growth.
This Adventure Ends follows the story of Sloane, a teenage girl who has just moved from New York to Florida during her senior year of high school. She unexpectedly becomes friends with a girl named Vera who happens to be incredibly popular on social media. Sloane soon becomes part of Vera’s friend group, which includes Gabe (Vera’s twin brother), Frank, Remy, and Audrey. When Sloane learns that a painting painted by Vera and Gabe’s late mother goes missing, she makes it her mission to track it down and find it for them. What she doesn’t expect is the intense drama and adventure she will experience while trying to find the painting.
Sloane is my fav — she is sarcastic, witty, and more than a tad bit pessimistic. She’s also incredibly sincere and sure of herself. I really liked seeing an MC who stands up for what she believes in even if it means that she will lose a few popularity points. Her friendship with Vera is absolutely fantastic because they balance each other out so well. Very is bubbly and social whereas Sloane is more of an introvert. Seeing their friendship develop, despite some heated arguments, was so heartwarming and I loved seeing how much they grew to rely on each other.
I also adored seeing Sloane’s relationship with her father. Their banter is absolutely hilarious and their relationship is completely #fatherdaughtergoals. Sloane’s father is a popular writer who is in a bit of a writing slump so he decides to start reading fanfiction. Seeing Sloane’s father teach her what “to ship” means and his
fangirling fanboying over a Werewolf TV show was so amusing.
The romance in this book is more of a slow-burning one. It’s actually similar to that in First & Then — it’s not the main focus of the story but is woven throughout. Gabe and Sloane have some pretty cute moments together but they don’t really have a crazy firework romance since things take a while to build up. The focus in this book is really on friendships, which I enjoyed because I’m not really one for heavy-handed romance books.
I should also mention that this book did a wonderful job of perfectly balancing light/fluffy scenes with deeper scenes about depression and grief. Gabe and Vera are both dealing with the death of their mother and go through some intense emotional moments. Emma Mills does a wonderful job of creating a book that really tugs on your heartstrings in one chapter and has you giggling in another.
If you loved First & Then or are just looking for a beautiful contemporary book, you will definitely will want to pick up This Adventure Ends. It truly is a lovely and charming book with great characters and a wonderful focus on the importance of friendship. Emma Mills is definitely my go-to author now for fantastically written contemporaries with quirky characters and an engaging plot.