We Were Singing The FRIENDS Theme Song As We Read This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Posted October 13, 2016 by Nick & Nereyda/ 30 Comments

We Were Singing The FRIENDS Theme Song As We Read This Adventure Ends by Emma MillsThis Adventure Ends
by Emma Mills
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Nick:  What a charming little book this was! I was hooked on the characters from the very beginning. After the amazingness that was Emma Mills’ debut First & Then, I knew that she was a talented new author, and with This Adventure Ends, she just solidified that opinion.

Nereyda: Having really enjoyed Emma Mill’s First & Then, I was looking forward to this book. I have been struggling with YA contemporaries this year because I’ve found them lacking, but This Adventure Ends was exactly the kind of that I’ve been looking for! With the perfect blend of friendship, family and just a touch of romance, This Adventure Ends hit all the right notes for me.

A++ Characterization

Nick:  Man, Emma Mills is so good at characterizations. These characters in this book just gave me so much life. The best part is that they feel so real. Take Sloane, our protagonist, for instance. She’s a totally normal teenage girl with totally normal teenage girl issues and I’m sure that most girls will be able to relate to her character. She’s got a bit of a dry humor that gave her a spark and made her really come to life for me. Moving to Florida was obviously a bit of an adjustment for her, and it was really lovely watching her go from struggling to find her place to finally finding her place. She wasn’t always comfortable with emotions, but we see her evolve a lot in that department in the book. Sloane wasn’t the only likeable character in This Adventure Ends. In fact, the whole cast was pretty darn fantastic. What’s so great about them was that even though Sloane was the main narrator, it almost felt like their stories were given equal attention.

Nereyda:  Sloane was such a great MC, I loved her. I loved that there was nothing particularly unique about her. She was just a normal girl, with normal interests who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and was maybe a bit uncomfortable dealing with her emotions and being a part of a group of friends who care for each other fiercely. I love how she just sort of fell into her group of friends and acted like she wasn’t as invested as they were at first, but you can totally tell they were winning her over. I loved how she hid uncomfortable moments with her dry humor (which I found very funny) and I especially loved how much she grew as a character and a friend.

Friends That Quite Possibly Rivaled The F.R.I.E.N.D.S Gang As Our Favorite Fictional Friend Group

Nick: At its heart, This Adventure Ends is a beautiful story about friendship. I love the kind of budding friendships that were explored here because they always prove to be exciting and fresh. While there, she befriends Vera, Gabe and Remy, a charming group of friends, who not only stole her heart but also mine. Sloane has a very different relationship with each of them and I loved them all. Like I said before, she was a little closed-off at the start of the story, but her new friends help her grow up and be more comfortable with her emotions. Plus, I loved how they helped her realize how friendship can be an amazing part of a girl’s life. The best part about these friendships were just how real they were. They had their ups and downs and I thought the balance made the relationships very dynamic.

Nereyda: I always love great friendships, especially a big group of friends that are really close. In YA books, that isn’t always easy to find (a shame) so I love being able to find a book with a really great friendship dynamic. Sloane was a great character on her own, but when Vera, Gabe, and Remy came into the picture, they brought all brought out the best in each other. I loved how everyone was close with everyone. Yes, Sloane and Vera were the closest, but Sloane also had a fantastic friendship with Gabe and Remy and they all had great friendships with Vera and each other. I absolutely loved how this gang became a fixture in not only Sloane’s life but in her family’s life too. They get close with her mom and dad (who is the best) and her little sister. I don’t know how it is with other people, but when I made close friends, those friends were very familiar and close with my family too so I loved how realistic that was. Although this story is primarily about Sloane, I love how involved everyone else was and how we got to see their growth and journeys too.

The Sloooowest of the Slooooowest Romance <3 <3 <3

Nick: Emma Mills is the queen of subtle romances! I was really excited for the prospect of Sloane and Gabe and I was not disappointed. I loved that these two started off as friends who slowly developed deeper feelings for each other. I think what I liked the most about this budding romance was how natural the progression felt. Given the struggles that Gabe was facing in his life, it made sense for their relationship to develop at a slower pace than you would normally expect in a YA book. I love a good slow-burn romance, so this was easily one of my favorites because it was done well. I guess the only complaint I would have about this one, and it’s a very selfish one at that, is that I wish, Sloane & Gabe had more kissing scenes!

Nereyda: I normally prefer my contemporaries with a stronger romance, but there are exceptions where other fators are just so damn perfect that I don’t even mind romance taking a smaller part. This was the case for This Adventure Ends. The friendships and family aspect was so freaking perfect and enjoyable on its own, that I didn’t even mind that the romance was very slow burn and toned down. Would I have loved seeing some more kissy scenes between Sloane and Gabe? Definitely, but I thought their friendship-romance progression was so good and enjoyable at its own pace.

Families Make Books Better

Nick: Family was also a big part of This Adventure Ends. I loved the bond between Sloane and her writer dad. It was funny and heart-warming and made me smile like a goof. I loved watching the two interact, with Sloane’s dad asking her to read fanfiction of his characters. They share some great banter and I can guarantee you that these will make you laugh. We also see a very different side of family with Vera and Gabe’s one and I thought it was interesting to see the contrast.

Nereyda:  Ahhhh, if there was one thing I loved more than the friendships in this book it was Sloane’s family, specifically Sloane’s dad. Oh man, he was a hoot! I loved his relationship with Sloane and the dynamic between all the family in general. As an author struggling to find his next story, Sloane’s dad becomes obsessed with a teen show called Were School (like werewolves). He becomes addicted to the relationship between the two main characters and their romance and the fanfics inspired by the show. He even saves his favorites for Sloane to read and writes some of his own Were School inspired fanfics. I loved how Sloane and her friends helped him through his writer’s block and how close they all were.

The End

Nick: I’m in freaking love with this book and Emma Mills’ writing. I just want her to write more and more and forever because these are absolutely the kinds of YA contemporaries that I want to be reading – stories with heart, charm and full of smiles.

Nereyda: Since I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut when it comes to YA contemporaries, I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did. But I really loved everything about this book. It was sweet and addictive and I ended up reading most of it in one day. I’ll be eagerly anticipating Mill’s next book!

Nick & Nereyda

Nick & Nereyda

Nick & Nereyda are two book obsessed friends who bond over their love of Friends and pretty much everything else!

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  • I already wanted to read this one but you guys totally sold me. I love books heavy on the friendship! I agree family is so nice to have in a YA book too. Great review ladies!!

    • It’s so rare to have good friendship and families in YA, I’m always happy to see both in them 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I love those characters that can hook you from the very beginning. I didn’t know about this one but now I want to read it!

  • UGH!!! I’ve only read positive reviews for this one! And now, I’m adding it to my wish list. Not many books make it to the list but this one is a shoe-in. I’m all for that friendship and the slow romance!!! And families can really make or break a book for me so I’m so happy to know family is important here and it’s a good one.
    Fantastic review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • I’m tired of shitty families in YA, I’m always glad to see good families like this one. Hope you like it Genesis!

  • Ohhhh I’m so glad you both enjoyed this. I’ve been eyeing it since I’ve seen the cover circulating around. Love it when a book features a great family dynamics and it sounds like it’s a great book overall.

    Thanks for sharing, ladies!

  • Hmmm…. You ladies make a strong case. I didn’t love this author’s last book, it was just okay for me, and I, too, have struggled mightily with YA contemp as of late, in fact YA in general, so I am a bit shy. Still you are gushing for this one and there is lots to like: family, slow romance etc. I might have to give in.

    • I’m glad to see I’m not the only one struggling with YA. But this one was good, hopefully you like it if you give it a try Heidi!

  • Stacey Nicole

    I loved First and Then so I definitely need to pick this up! It sounds like a great read.

  • Kate S.

    I can’t wait to read this! I loved her other book and this one sounds so good!

    Kate @ Ex

  • I love your buddy review. I mean, this was already on my to buy list but it’s been bumped up. As a romance lover myself, I can definitely get behind a subtle romance if there are other factors that make up for it. It sounds like that is the case here. Great, great review. I’m super excited for this one.

    • Same, I prefer for romance but sometimes other things can make up for it, hope you like it!

  • Love your dual review ladies! I am so glad this delivered for both of you!

  • I love your dual review, Nick & Nereyda! This sounds like it has all the best ingredients – Friendship, strong characters, family and sloooow romance! I don’t read many contemps but this one makes me very curious.
    Lovely reviews, ladies 🙂

    • I haven’t been reading too many YA contemps lately either but this one was good, hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Yaaasss! I loved this book! And I totally got Friends vibes from it – which I adored. I love that friendship was such a core part of this book, and how well the author develops each of the relationships. The romance was incredibly sweet! I wish there was more to it, but I am also very satisfied with what the author wrote. =) I can’t wait to read more by her!

    Wonderful review, ladies. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yay, so happy you loved it too! I’m looking forward to her next book as well.

  • Awwww this book just sounds so adorable and I loved both of your commentary about it! The family aspect and the slow burning romance sounds so cute. I love friendship progressing to romance which is my favourite as well. Lovely discussion review girls!

    • Those things are always so hard to find in YA so Im always happy when I see it done really well, like this book 🙂

  • Okay, I so need to add Emma Mills to my must read list. Friendship, family and a touch of romance is everything I want in a contemporary. The fact that the family have such a prominent role in Slone’s life makes me so happy cause it’s not something we see often in YA contemporaries. I also love a good slow burn romance. Basically I need this book. 😀

    • I agree, I wish we saw more close families and better friendships in YA. Hope you like this one Lois!

  • I love the title of this post. I recently read this one and it is so accurate. I absolutely loved the focus on friendship in this book. I loved that even though there was a romance, it was NOT the focus. Great review.

    • Yes, I loved that the romance wasnt the focus too. I dont always like that but everything else made up for it in this case.

  • I went to a Fierce Reads signing a couple of weeks ago and she was there. Listening to her talk about this book made me want to read it. It sounded so cute! I love slow-burning romances and a great sense of humor, so maybe I should give this a go.

    • You did? How cool! I hope you like this one, not a lot of romance but I loved the friendships and family aspect of it.