Tea & Book Chat: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Personal Thoughts:  I was completely swayed into reading This Adventure Ends for exactly two reasons: 1) the cover is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever laid eyes on (it’s even quite lovely naked!) and 2) Alexa read it and told me that it’s something I would love (and she was totally right!).  Can we just take another minute to talk about how this cover looks like a palette of paint and the stars are folded into the design? It’s like an ocean / galaxy mash up piece of artwork and I love love love it.

Plot Summary:  Sloane is your average teenage girl living in New York City with her family when they decide to uproot and move down to Florida right before her senior year of high school.  While this might seem like the most devastating bit of life-changing news for any other high school senior who’s spent years building their life and their group of friends, Sloane was completely indifferent and unopposed to the change.  She ends up accidentally falling into a tight knit group of friends, which is something she’s never experienced before and it changes her whole world.

Critique:  I really adored this book!  This is Emma Mills’s sophomore novel and I enjoyed it so much that I immediately ordered her debut upon completing This Adventure Ends.  The most satisfying element of this story is the complex nature of the relationships that Mills builds.  She nails friendship, familial relationships and first love.  Sloane is such an amazing protagonist.  She’s incredibly witty, outwardly self assured and not yet completely aware of just how awesome she truly is.  I loved being able to see the world through her eyes and I felt a connection to her from early on in the story.  One of Sloane’s new friends, Vera, is a social media star who takes Sloane under her wing and inducts her into her group of friends.  Vera is so much more than what she portrays online and the dynamic between her group of friends and her twin will have you flying through the book.  My favorite relationship explored between the pages is the one between Sloane and her father.  He’s a very popular romance novel who’s afflicted with a serious case of writer’s block.  He barely gets dressed anymore but he’s Sloane’s rock through everything.  You can immediately tell that Sloane gets her snark from him and I just loved seeing that pivotal moment in every teen’s life when they realize that their parents don’t necessarily have everything together play out.  Also, Frank is the best and you’ll see what I mean when you read it for yourself.

Do I Recommend?:  Definitely! This is a seemingly light and fluffy contemporary but there’s so much under the surface that it’ll stay with you long after you finish reading.

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Kristin