June 28, 2018
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on October 4, 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.
Okay, first of all, if you haven’t read her debut, First & Then, GO PICK THAT UP NOW. AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, GET THIS ADVENTURE ENDS BECAUSE YOU NEED IT.
Okay, moving on. I was very excited to read this book, especially since I’ve been on my recent contemporary binge, and I can easily say it delivered, and then it flew lightyears beyond my expectations.
Emma Mills has an uncanny ability to write dialogue. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed. I’m in absolute awe of the way she fills this book with wit. Seriously. THE SASS AND THE BANTER NEVER END. Those of you who love witty and sarcastic characters will absolutely adore Sloane – and her first meeting with Gabriel.
This Adventure Ends honestly has one of the best first chapters I’ve ever read. Besides the fantastic wit that I’ve already mentioned (and will never stop talking about), Sloane absolutely TEARS DOWN a dude with just a few words, and I was in love by page, like, 5 or something.
“Geez. That was – was that a New York thing? Do they teach you that stuff there?” Yes. Here is your MetroCard, and this is how you publicly dismantle insufferable dicks.
I feel like I need to personally thank Emma Mills for Sloane. She’s just got such a unique voice and her sarcasm/wit are the perfect kind – funny, dry, but not harsh. She’s 17 and doesn’t know what she’s going to do with her life. She sings – she’s dedicated, she’s good – but is that really where she wants to take her entire life? Or does she want that one thing to just be for her? And she spends the majority of the book hunting down this painting just because she wants to help her friends, to give them something meaningful to hold onto. I LOVE SLOANE.
“Frank Sanger is for everyone.” I look up at the sky as she taps away on her phone. “Maybe I’m the opposite. Maybe I’m for no one.”
And there is just. SO much more to talk about. Sloane’s father is so much fun. He’s almost as quirky and witty as Sloane. He’s a writer who’s been struggling to find inspiration lately, and he starts to write fanfiction. I’ll admit that I skimmed over the fanfiction bits because I wasn’t interested in the premise, BUT, you guys, I LOVE THIS. The portrayal and positivity of fanfiction and being in a fandom here is SO BEAUTIFUL. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I COULDN’T LOVE THIS BOOK ANYMORE.
Friendship is obviously very central to this novel, and not just between Gabe, Vera, and Sloane. They have a nice little group that I was honestly kind of jealous of, and the dynamics between all of them are killer. I especially loved the friendship between Sloane and Remi and the way they conspire together.
I don’t even know where to start. Sad is just the tip of the iceberg.
I think my only real issue was that I needed Gabe and Sloane to have a few more conversations. I certainly liked them and rooted for them, but I just needed them to have a little more depth than they did, I suppose. That’s not to say that it was love at first sight or that they developed way too fast, because neither of those are true! Their relationship felt so genuine and sweet, I just thought they could have benefitted from a few more conversations about the things they like, etc.
tl;dr: This Adventure Ends is a funny and witty tale about friendship and learning how to grow close to people. It has a perfect cast of characters, and Emma Mills writes in such a unique voice that you’re drawn in immediately. 4.5 stars.