This Adventure Ends – Published 2016
“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
WHAT I LIKED
It’s been a long time since I’ve read an Emma Mills book, but man, they’re so good. I previously read First & Then and Foolish Hearts and loved them! I’ve had This Adventure Ends and Famous in a Small Town on my shelves for a while, but I’ve been a lazy reader and a book hoarder, the most dangerous of combinations. I finally picked this one up from my shelf this weekend and cruised through it in one day on my day off.
The characters are so dang lovable. Sloane might be one of my favorite YA female characters ever; she is so quick witted and deadpan. I love it! The friends in her life end up calling her out on not taking anything seriously, but I laughed out loud so many times at the things she said. Gabe, too, so funny!
Sloane’s dad was actually very present in this novel, and, in fact, a crucial part to the story. Often in YA books the parents are conveniently absent, but Sloane’s parents are involved. Her dad is an author who moved his family to a beach town to focus on his writing and overcome writer’s block, and he is also hilarious…and a total nerd. He loves fanfiction, adventures, and is more than likely the reason Sloane gets her humor and misunderstood lack of seriousness.
The minor characters had subplots that were also involved, important and not just fluff. I’d give a kidney to Frank Sanger.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Full disclosure I skipped over the fanfiction excerpts that were included.