Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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This Adventure Ends
by Emma Mills

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Series: no
Release date: October 4th, 2016
Rating: enjoyable enough but very light

Much mixed feelings.  I am not sure that I was in the right mood to read this book.  It took me days to get through and I am pretty sure that was me and not the book. This Adventure ends is the story of seventeen-year-old Sloane who moves to a new town in Florida and, by defending someone being bullied with her well-developed powers of snark, falls into group of friends.  Said group of friends is awesome.

 I did love that Emma Mills decided to really explore the different kinds of friendship that exist.  There are the friends that you click together with like puzzle pieces, the friends that challenge you, the friends that you have fun with…  Real friends who are there for you rather than the people that you are friends with just because they are there.  I really liked the whole cast of characters and was impressed that she was able to keep each of them distinct. I also like that Vera was amazingly popular and charismatic was never an object of jealously or a source of strife.  What!?  Two girls CAN be friends and refrain from being catty!?  Shocking!  More of this, please.

I felt as if Sloane’s inability to deal with her emotions was pretty realistic.  There are so many people who spend their lives deflecting their feelings with humor or defensiveness.  I found her detachment and the journey that she goes on to overcome it one of the more interesting aspects of the book. 

There is a slow burn romance kind of in the background throughout the book but it was so slow burning that by the time anything happened I had lost interest.  I was actually more interested in the subplot with her father.  His fixation on fan fiction as a way to jumpstart his writing was fascinating to read about. 

One of the books weaknesses for me was the fact that there was SO MUCH GOING ON.  The author was juggling so many things that she didn’t have time to delve into any of them with any real depth.  Things that should have been harder hitting weren’t because there had not been enough time to show their importance.  I also wanted more closure. There were a couple of things that happened that I felt as if just got left up in the air.

This book feels very current.  So current that I am a bit afraid that the book will not age gracefully. Have you ever read a book that obviously written in the eighties or nineties that you can never quite get into because you are so distracted by how dated it is?  I think that that is going to be the fate of this book. 

I thought that the writing was very strong. I really liked Emma Mills’ first book First &Then.  I know that she is very talented.  However, This Adventure Ends wasn’t a complete hit for me.  In spite it being an enjoyable enough read I just don’t think that this book is going to stick with me for very long.

From Goodreads:
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.