Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Published: October 4th, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
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. (Goodreads)
Not quite sure what I was expecting from Emma Mills this go around. But wow was I pleasantly surprised. The writing style is still an adjustment because I think there are too many instances of fitting in things she likes to the detriment of the story but in the end, she really pulled off a great story about friendship. Mills also has some great one-liners.
So the part where he plied your face like Play-Doh was a critical step in your plan?
You don’t always have to run everything up the flagpole, you know. You can believe in something without making fun of it.
These characters became so important to me and I can not imagine not reading about them anymore. They are endearing and special and I need to hug them. I want to hang out with them. The main characters shine but the side characters are just as spectacular. Frank and Remy were awesome and I would love to get more of their story as well as more Sloane, Vera, and Gabe of course. The central theme is friendship and family but it also has so many pop culture bits thrown in, which I have noticed before in Mills writing.
If you like books, fan fiction, binge watching shows, or art there is something for you to love about This Adventure Ends. While the central plot is Sloane trying to track down a painting for Gabe, but there are loads of other things happening. It can seem at times a bit too much as you’re reading but when you’re finished you just end up missing them. So enjoy them while you can!
Huge thank you to NetGalley for a complimentary e-copy to review.