Saturday, October 1st 2016
Author: Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: October 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sloane moves to a new high school and finds herself with (gasp!) friends, including a pair of twins with a famous painter as a mother. But when one of the paintings is accidentally sold, Sloane tries her best to get the painting back. And begins a new adventure, one she never saw coming.
I’m a fan of Emma Mills. I loved First & Then and was excited to read This Adventure Ends. It doesn’t disappoint. Sloane is sharp and funny, a girl with a biting sense of humor. I liked her interactions with her new friends the most. The dialogue is fast and easy to read, brining a smile to your face. Sloane would be a girl I would want to be friends with.
And that’s the thing. She’s never had friends before, not like these. And they are special. Remy, mending his own broken heart. Vera, lively and vibrant and loyal. Gabe, quiet and true. It’s easy to see these characters in high school, milling together, banding together. The friendships really stand out for me in this book. I think especially Sloane’s scenes with Vera were the heart.
Her relationship to her family, especially her father, is also well written. I liked the tension and how the relationship changes through the story. It adds a different view to watch her dad through Sloane’s eyes as he grows and goes through his own crisis.
While these things stood out, I feel like the plot was a little flat. There wasn’t a real sense of urgency for me. I wanted Sloane to find the painting, but it wasn’t the reason I kept reading.
Overall, This Adventure Ends is a good contemporary YA that fans will enjoy.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy