Title: This Adventure Ends
Author: Emma Mills
Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!
During the summer I read Emma Mills’ first novel and I thought it was delight. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but she had a way of making me love her characters, even when they were being selfish or frustrating — I had their backs. There is also just something in the way that Mills writes that I found easy to relate to as well.
I think This Adventure Ends blows First & Then right out of the water. This sophomore novel gave me everything I wanted from a great read: beautiful friendships, a wonderful story I could relate to, and Sloane was someone who could easily be identified with. I laughed out loud, I felt the pain of the characters, there is so much about this story that I just fell in love with and when it was over, I felt sad that the adventure had in fact, ended.
Sloane is wonderful as a heroine — she has a fun relationship with her father, a writer/fan-fic author. Those moments were always by far my favourite. I loved the father/daughter chemistry between them, I adored the way they shared fandom together, I loved that they could call each other out on each others crapola. Seriously, their dynamic was a joy to read.
I also loved Sloane’s school friends, especially Vera. I thought all the friends in the book were well developed and fleshed out. I found myself really caring about how Sloane was treating her friends and vise versa, as well as how they deal with each others “issues” within the friendship. I think where Mills’ makes this book really shine is that she shows how organic friendship can be, as well as writing very realistic relationships where the secondary characters feel as though they have as much weight as the main character. It’s a hard skill to master and I just found that Mills is great at developing relationships between characters.
This book will make you laugh and it will give you the feels. I just found so much I could relate to while reading this story (especially in regards to friendship and fandom) and I think that’s why I had as deep a connection as I did. If you haven’t read any of Emma Mills’ books, read this one, because it’s just the complete package for anyone who loves stories with well developed characters and fun friendships.