This Adventure Endsby Emma Mills
Published by Macmillan, Henry Holt on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
How did you learn about “love”? I’m talking romantic love. Not the family, you got to love ’em kind of “love”. Most people learn from watching the people around them. You learn what kind of love you want…
…and in Sloane’s case, exactly what she doesn’t want… heartbreak.
Why put yourself out there only to get trampled on? Yep, Sloane is one smart cookie. She’s no-nonsense, geeky, but with an extremely quick wit. Next to the dictionary entry for ‘snark’, there’s a picture of Sloane. She’s a “classic” Emma Mills’ protagonist 🙂
Sloane and her family have just moved from New York to a small town in Florida. While at a party she reluctantly attends with a new classmate/friend, she stumbles into a showdown between a bully and a… well, I’m not sure how to explain Gabe. Gabe is just Gabe. But he appears to need a rescue from this bully so Sloane steps in and puts the bully in his place with her dazzling, whip-smart wit. When Sloane later gets “adopted” by Gabe’s twin sister Vera as their new bestest friend, Sloane’s life changes forever ∗duh duh duh∗
Here lies another case where the synopsis does very little justice to the book. UGH.. “so all-consuming”??? Yeah, don’t worry about that. This book is about Sloane learning what love is and isn’t.
[pullquote]”What is it about being in a relationship that makes it better than being alone?” – Sloane[/pullquote]
Oh, Sloane is so put through the wringer. She’s a teenager but she’s smart. And she has the most awesome friends in the world. Vera is so amazing. I, personally, couldn’t be friends with someone so high maintenance, but that’s me. Gabe is Gabe (really, I just can’t explain this guy!). Remy is the all-American guy with Aubrey, his all-American ex-girlfriend. And then there’s Frank Sanger…. I want a Frank Sanger. Everybody needs a Frank Sanger in their life.
You see how attached I am to these characters? It’s like they are real people. And THAT’S how well these characters are written. Just don’t even remind me that Sloane’s parents are MY age. They are the coolest parents ever, though. They actually named Sloane after Ferris’ girlfriend. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, tough. 😛 I actually saw the movie in the theater when it was released.
Is there a book review in here?
Oh, yes there is. I really wish I could share a ton of quotes from the book but looking back at what I highlighted, I’m afraid I’d take away some of the humor and fun of the book. You really want to be IN the story to appreciate the humor. The story reads quick, though, so you’ll be smiling a lot. If you don’t want to look like a lunatic, don’t read this one in public.
Yeah, great book, blah, blah, blah… Ms. Mills has really become a favorite author of mine. This book totally sealed the deal. I honestly can’t wait to see what she does next. Pink Starburst, anyone?