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This Adventure Ends Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—Sloane is new in town, and she is quickly immersed in a circle of friends, the likes of whom she has never known before. They are tight-knit but welcoming despite their secrets and inside jokes. Her new best friend, Vera, and her twin brother, Gabe, are bereft when they discover that a cherished painting of their deceased mother has mistakenly been sold. Sloane secretly vows to track down the painting, which sets off a series of adventures. Through the course of the novel, Sloane is challenged to reevaluate her solitary tendencies, reconsider her college and career plans, and open herself to the possibility of love. This contemporary romance is set in a vacation belt in Florida. Sloane is a likable protagonist surrounded by loving and supportive family members who are not without their own personal issues. Her father, a famous novelist, has suffered a career blow, and it has strained her parents' marriage. Her new friends are realistic, though her love interest is the typical strong, silent, and stoic type. Fans of the author's debut, First & Then, or her YouTube vlogging persona, Elmilfy, will gravitate toward this title with relatable characters and a satisfying plot. VERDICT Avid and reluctant readers will enjoy this quick offering with short chapters.—Amanda Foust, Consultant, Littleton, CO
"Immensely enjoyable." ―Booklist
"Mills (First & Then) seamlessly creates art imitating life imitating art while bringing freshness to the familiar romantic conventions she invokes. With taut, realistic dialogue, she expertly crafts blossoming friendships and nascent romances." ―Publishers Weekly
Praise for First & Then:
"With sporadic references to Jane Austen's famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school.... A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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The story follows Sloane's new friendships, her relationship with her father, and her quest to find a lost painting. All of these subplots are equally important on and get their own equal share of time and attention, and to me at least nothing was left too open-ended.
Sloane's complicated and often conflicting feelings about her friends and even her father, and the way she views relationships in general, feels raw and reminiscent of thoughts my seventeen-year-old self undoubtedly had.
The humor is spot on, if cleverer than anything I've ever heard from the average teenager, and the book handles heavy issues without me having to cycle through a box of tissues. Because her father is a writer, Sloane is sort of given the opportunity to voice some thoughts and opinions on different writing tropes, and how they differ from how things are handled IRL, which is something I really enjoyed about this book.
Overall, this is a nice quick contemporary, I loved the characters--I think even more than the characters from First and Then--and the way friendships and relationships in general were portrayed and explored here. Definitely recommend!
I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. It was so cute and such a good story. Contemporary YA romance is my jam but it was nice that most of the novel is about Sloane's relationships with her friends and family, rather than just the romance aspect. So many good relationships.
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For the first third of this book, I thought it was ok. I was dead set on this being a 3 star book, and wasn't pushing myself to continue, so I took a small break.Read more