Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure Ends
Author: Emma Mills
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 4, 2016)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This was a very engaging contemporary story. Sloane is a new arrival in a small Florida town when her family moves there from New York. Her father is a novelist who is going through an intense period of writer's block. I loved the family dynamics in this one as they all clearly love each other. Sloane is particularly close to her father. Sloane is bright, articulate and prefers to be an observer rather than a participant in events around her but injustice will get her stepping in.

Stepping in on a situation is what leads her to meet and become friends with an interesting group of people. She is befriended by Vera who is a social media star and who has a twin named Gabe. Both are dealing, in their different ways, with the death of their artist mother and their father remarrying a 22-year-old. Part of the group are also Aubrey and Remy who used to be an item but have broken up for reasons Remy doesn't understand. Then there is Frank Sanger who is rather indescribable. He is known for hosting parties most often in someone else's home. A Frank Sanger event is THE event of any weekend.

When Sloane learns that one of the last paintings that Vera and Gabe's mother painted has been sold despite Gabe wanting to keep it, she decides to go on a quest to get it back for them. Remy is recruited as her partner in the venture and they travel all over to follow the trail of the missing painting. Meanwhile, her father becomes obsessed with a television show called Were School and more importantly the fan fiction which has developed around it. Reading it plotting stories within it break his writer's block but, since his new idea seems too closely based on Sloane and her new friends, she isn't happy with him.

The dialog is bright and witty, the characters are fascinating individuals, and watching Sloane as the navigates these new waters of friendship and learn more about herself  made a very engaging story.

Favorite Quotes:
I quickly turn to the side like Vera as she clicks again. Upon viewing the picture, Vera looks like a Victoria's Secret model, whereas I look like someone brought in for violating parole.
*****
I don't black out. That would've been too pat. People in books and movies are always conveniently blacking out. I take a real issue with the Nancy Drew books, because Nancy sustained more head injuries than all of the NFL combined, and she never once went for a CT scan.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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