REVIEW: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Back of the book blurb:

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. 

A message in a bottle:

Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781627799355

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My rating:

“Maybe there are people who love someone so much that when they lose them, they never want to be with anyone else again. But maybe there are people who love someone so much that it makes them want to find that kind of love again.”

            Okay, lord, what a fucking cover, am I right? I remember when First & Then came out and I was dazzled by its cover and then This Adventure Ends just blew my mind. So gorgeous!

            I absolutely love the concept of this novel. New girl, Sloane, gets thrown into a new life when her father has trouble continuing his, quite popular, writing career. They move from New York to Florida and Sloane has always been a drifter, never getting close to anyone. She uses sarcasm and jokes to deflect any real feelings.

            I love Sloane. I love her. I love how real she felt and I love how much I relate to her. To get my own sarcasm and self-defense mechanisms thrown so blatantly in my face was a major wake up call. It was truly astounding to realize how much I really am like Sloane.

"But I pick up Gabe's hand and lace our fingers together, and that's enough in this moment."

            The chemistry brewing between Sloane and Gabe was incredible. I love how it was more of a slow-burn than anything, if we’re using fan fiction terms, which I will get to eventually. It was so obvious that the feelings were there, but the journey, the loyalty, the friendships are what took precedent, and I still believe that’s what should happen in teen lives. So many people believe that, in order to be happy, they need a significant other. But that’s not true. Loving yourself and loving your friends will bring you just as much happiness.

“It’s like my books without the pretension. It’s… unguarded and sincere. It comes from a complete and total love for the characters, and a love of their love—of the idea of their love—and that’s what I’m here for, Sloane. Characters you care about. Feelings that are authentic. It doesn’t shy away for one second. I wish I could write something like that.”

            I absolutely love Sloane’s father. The majority of parents in YA are background characters, usually tossed aside. However, in This Adventure Ends, the father has his own subplot. And I’m so here for it, it’s ridiculous. I love that Sloane’s father is a romance writer, her world’s own Nicholas Sparks. I love that he has major writer’s block and to help him get out of it he uses fan fiction, which is some of the purest and most unguarded, like he says, writing you could possibly imagine. It doesn’t come from a selfish place of wanting to be known for your words. It comes from your heart, from the love of the characters. And it’s truly beautiful.

 It also helps that I referred to Ezra from First & Then as a sort of Derek Hale from Teen Wolf and then a portion of This Adventure Ends has a werewolf-based show and fan fiction subplot. It’s amazing.

Also, Emma Mills pretty much described her own novel with this quote. There are characters that you care about. The feelings are authentic. And trust me, you will fall in love with This Adventure Ends. I did.

P.S. I’m sorry I haven’t posted in forevsies. I suck!!!

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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