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