Page Count: 320 Published on: October 4, 2016 Published by: Henry Holt & Co. Genre(s): Romance, YA, Contemporary, Fiction Source: Print: Hardback Age Rating: YA
Julia's Rating: 5 stars
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.
I'm not a contemporary fan. I don't enjoy all the cliché romances and relationships (well... Maybe sometimes...). But if you put anything by Emma Mills in front of me, I will read the crap out of it (after squeeing with joy).
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills is about Sloane Finch, the daughter of Michael Finch, the famous romance novelist. She has just moved to Opal, Florida where she meets Vera and Gabe (twins), Remy, Aubrey, and Frank. Sloane has never really had friends before and she is swept off her feet with the loyalty and camaraderie from the people she's known for so little time. In this time, she learns that Gabe and Vera's late mother was an artist and one of her paintings, which was very dear to the twins, was sold. So she goes on a "quest" to find it again. And, naturally, there's a bit of romance in there too!
Overall, I gave this book 5 well-deserved stars. I absolutely loved it! The writing style was clear and there wasn't over the top descriptions for things. It was as if you were being told the story of a normal person, remembering the things normal people would. It was extremely realistic in a refreshing way. There were a few undertones of deeper meanings, which were rather intriguing to me. I would highly recommend this book to ANYONE!
Spoiler time! Top 3
- Michael Finch: Ok so this is Sloane's dad, the romance novelist. Well, in the middle of the book, he gets hooked on this television show called Were School (it's about werewolves in case you were wondering). And when I say hooked, I mean hooked! He is constantly talking to Sloane about it and reading/writing fanfiction for Jickey (his OTP, James and Mickey). It was hilarious to see this dad act like the fangirls/boys all of us are! But he could also be serious, using the fics in one of the deeper undertones I previously mentioned.
- The relationships: As I said before, this book is extremely realistic. The relationships, even though they can be a bit picturesque at times, were like something from real life. And I loved them! Sloane's relationship with each character was so different; there was no "we are all one big group and love each other" kind of thing. She was closest to Vera (and especially Gabe near the end...) and Mills showed that through the dialogue and actions. She wasn't perfect friends with Aubrey, but that was fine, and Mills showed this different relationship as well. It was all very well thought out and, again, very realistic.
- Frank Sanger: This guy was hysterical! Frank hosted what everyone called FSP, or Frank Sanger Presents, which were different parties and events held at a different people's houses. He is so energetic and had the personality of a stereotype gay: that bubbly, friends-with-everyone kind of personality. He flirts with everyone and thinks he's the best person on earth, which is kinda true. Even through his antics, he is an important and supportive character, especially to Sloane. He can be serious when he wants to be.
- Ummm I don't think I can say anything bad about this book! I loved every aspect about it: the dialogue, the little mysteries ( which weren't overwhelming btw), the romance, the relationships, the characters.
Great job Emma Mills! I will read anything and everything you write!'
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