Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

27779275This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Friendship, Romance, Art, Family, LGBT

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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.


Well this sure isn’t your usual ‘‘adventure.’’

Sloane has made it her life quest to find the sold ‘‘The Dream’’ painting and return it to her new friends, Gabe and Vera, to whom the painting belongs.

It’s a fast-paced, humorous and filled with mishaps and unlucky situations type of adventure. It’s easy to lose yourself in this book and just read and read and read.

Because, though it does explore important themes, the atmosphere stays light for 95% of the book.

And this is where it lost points for me. It tries to focus on too many things: the adventure, Sloane’s dad’s writing block, Gabe’s love life, Remy’s order to put the pieces back together of he and Aubrey and, of course, Sloane and her inability to express her true feelings to the ones she loves.

For me, it lacks that dept you find in YA contemporary books that make you feel sadness, make you cry or feel emotional in any way.

Though a many couple of scenes are supposed to be on the ‘‘heavy-hearted’’ side, I didn’t feel it. Like I mentioned, it just stays light-hearted somehow.

But that’s not the end of the world. After all, it’s got amazing friendship, beautiful family dynamics and an entertaining cast.

The romance is also adorable. Though there’s a lot of denying involved. Don’t expect to see a kiss happening anytime soon as you’re starting it.

You’ll have a good time with ‘‘This Adventure Ends.’’ It’s extremely reminiscent of ‘‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’’ in terms of atmosphere. See, that is a book I only granted three stars to, too.

Happy reading.

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8 thoughts on “Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

  1. Great review, Lola, and honestly I’m glad to hear that you only gave Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda 3 stars. I liked it, but when I went to see what my GR friends thought, I was drowning in a sea of 5 star ratings. Brilliant review of this one though ☺


  2. I want to read this! And Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!!! I like lighter reads, especially if they also have a message or important themes. Although the heavier ones are good too! It does sound like a lot is happening in this book, though. Great review!


  3. I loved her first book and have been really excited for this one too. It sounds similar in theme actually, mostly light and fluffy but still has serious issues under the surface but doesn’t dwell or create that emotional feeling. Every now and then I love a fluffy, feel good read and this sounds like it’ll fill that void. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed it a little more Lola, but I’m glad you liked it. Wonderful review! ❤


  4. aaahh, I’m confused of what to do with this. I really like heavy contemporaries that make me cry but something with amazing friendship and family dynamics is also a super plus for me. But maybe I really should just get this because look at that cover!! it’s so pretty!! had to stare at it for so long. admire it. hahaha. Great review, Lola!


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