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.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published October 4th, 2016, via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
This book is almost exactly like Chelsey Philpot’s Even in Paradise, which was one of my favorite books of 2015. It’s got incredible prose, a lovable main character, and a quirky family. Throw in a few great friendships, and you’ve got This Adventure Ends.
And despite how much I loved it, it still wasn’t quite enough.
But let’s hold off on that for a second. This book was enough in so many ways. Mostly because of the snark. I usually don’t fall in love with families when it comes to stories, but I’ve fallen in love with a few, and I felt like I knew each member of Sloane’s family from the second I was introduced to them. Each person has his or her individual charm, and their dynamic was done perfectly. It was heartwarming, realistic, and refreshing, and it’s not common to find that in YA. The relationship between Sloane and her dad was particularly great.
And then there was Sloane herself, the life of the party. Without her, the story wouldn’t have come together. Her narration was spot on, and she’s one of the rare characters who I think I could be best friends with. She had all the sharp observational skills of Waverly in Places No One Knows without trying quite so hard, and I loved following her throughout the story.
The plotting is where the magic and the humor started to fall through. The humor and the narrative was also to hold up the first 20 to 30 percent of the book, but after that, I could see the story falling to pieces because the reality is that not a lot happens. This is true of books like We Were Liars, Even in Paradise, Places No One Knows, and because of that, I’ll definitely be looking into Emma Mills’ other works. I think her books could really work for me, if the premise is all there.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with This Adventure Ends. There just wasn’t enough substance, as much as I was entertained by the brilliant writing.
And the pacing wasn’t there either. I wasn’t too bothered by this, but the events of the story were so… inconsequential. Things moved by way too quickly, and no one event particularly meant much. I get the feeling that Mills was going after a feeling similar to John Green’s Paper Towns, but it wasn’t there for me. As I mentioned before, I’ll be looking into Mills’ other books because she’s certainly a gifted writer, but at this point, This Adventure Ends isn’t enough. 2 stars.