Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This Adventure Ends

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This Adventure Ends
by Emma Mills
Henry Holt and Co, 2016, 308 pages, Young Adult Fiction

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 layered with private tragedies and secret codes, and 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 has 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 crosses state lines--and pulls her ever deeper into the twins' lives.

Emma Mills’ first book, First and Then, is a modern take on Jane Austen that was widely praised. In her sophomore novel, Mills keeps the light, witty banter Jane Austen is known for. This made the book a nice palette cleanser since I’d been reading a lot of books about people with capital I issues. I appreciated that This Adventure Ends was fun and quirky and light, but all of the characters dealt with real issues, too. Also, this book asks the important question: What if Nicholas Sparks got writer’s block and ended up finding his way back by writing Vampire Academy fanfiction? How could you not like a book like that?


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