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This was a really interesting book … one of those books that while you’re reading you really want to know what happens next, but at the end you can’t really recall what the actual plot was, only that you enjoyed it while it lasted.
Ostensibly it’s about a young girl called Sloane whose father is a Nicholas Sparks-esque author of tragi-romance and currently going through a writing slump. To help spark her father’s creativity again, Sloane, her mother, and little sister all move with him from New York to Florida in the hopes it will get the creative juices flowing. The move is really neither here nor there for Sloane, who has never formed truly meaningful attachments to anyone outside her immediate family … but then she finds herself the reluctant attendant of a house party with her new classmates, and sticking up for one called Gabe when a bully boy jock gets in his face.
From there, Sloane becomes the new pet friendship project of Gabe’s twin Vera (a social media sensation) and their friends Aubrey, Remy and Frank. When Sloane discovers that the twins’ artist mother recently passed away and that their new (pregnant) stepmother accidentally sold Gabe’s favourite painting of hers to a local art gallery, Sloane sets off on a mission to retrieve it.
This is not the book to read if contemporary fiction bores you to tears. But if you love the in’s and out’s of daily life and putting your emotions and typical teen dramas under the microscope, you’ll love this.
And while I did indeed enjoy the unfolding, I can’t help but feel this book lacked some necessary oomph. A lot of it reminded me of ‘How to Say Goodbye in Robot’ by Natalie Standiford, a lot of which was this really lovely meandering through quirky and off-kilter teen lives, but that eventually ratcheted up to a reveal and heavy hearted finale. In that sense too, ‘This Adventure Ends’ is like the days before in John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’, where it starts off unfolding in this very charming but lackadaisical chronological order until the middle sparks an entirely new trajectory … likewise ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky which is also up there for being very astute contemporary teen fiction, until the denouement starts picking at different wounds. And all these books – contemporary teen fiction – are throwbacks to ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger, which to a certain point is also just a meandering stream of consciousness and encounters until it reaches a zenith of purpose and underlining meaning … and I think that’s what ‘This Adventure Ends’ was missing. A pack-a-punch denouement. True meaning.
There are even a few random threads of story established that go nowhere – like Sloane getting a job at a deli working with Gabe. There are pages establishing this, and then we never see her or Gabe at work again. Likewise, Vera’s social-media instagram fame is set-up as a somewhat crucial aspect of her character, but then it falls away. And I think these are two examples of a symptom of contemporary fiction that lacks real direction or message.
FanFiction also plays a role in this – as Sloane’s father gets hooked on a teen werewolf TV show and the fic that others writer for it. But – again – this doesn’t really go anywhere truly meaningful to entirely warrant its mention.
Still, I can’t deny that I did enjoy this book. Mills has a very true and candid way of writing. Her voice and dialogue work is particularly commendable.
… But I do look forward to reading a work of hers that has a real message. Something to say, when she’s so very capable of saying it so well.
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Wow this book was phenomenal, from beginning to end I was caught up in the characters and their compelling story. I need Emma Mills new book NOW!!! Also Emma has the prettiest covers for books, they look like art!!
"The appeal of the fic. At least for me. It's the chance to remake something you love so that every little bit of it suits your vision for it. How it should have been in the past or how it should go in the future. How it would happen in an entirely different place, in a entirely different world."
"Alone didn't always mean lonely, but sometimes it did, and even then, she reveled in it."
Sabe aquele livro que te pega de surpresa e, logo no começo, já rouba seu coração? This Adventure Ends, da autora Emma Mills, é um Young Adult Contemporâneo que ganhou não só meu coração, mas o topo dos meus livros favoritos de toda uma vida.
Sloane só queria ficar de boas. Ela faz isso sempre; solitária, ela se mudou recentemente para uma cidadezinha da Florida e está satisfeita com a rotina criada ali. Até que, em uma festa, ao defender um garoto de um bullie, ela acaba sendo convidada a participar de um grupo inusitado de amigos. Eles vão a festas exclusivas, conversam sobre as filosofias da vida e dividem experiências e personalidades muito diferentes. Através dos gêmeos Vera - uma social-media famosa na internet - e Gabe - pouco fadado a sorrisos e interações sociais - Sloane percebe que ei, ela finalmente tem amigos. E essa aproximação entre eles a apresenta a um fato dramático da família, fato esse que ela talvez possa consertar: recuperar uma obra de arte, de valor muito sentimental aos irmãos, perdida no mundo.
Eu tenho grandes problemas em falar sobre meus livros favoritos, como vocês já cansaram de saber. This Adventure Ends foi além de favorito, ele se tornou um dos livros que eu gostaria de ter escrito. É aquele tipo de história tão incrível, mágica e arrebatadora que, quando você termina, não queria ter terminado. Queria que durasse muito mais.
Sloane é uma protagonista perfeita. Ela é quase uma versão feminina do Chandler Bing, de Friends - já dá pra entender porque eu me identifiquei e amei tanto essa garota, né? Ela é do tipo que usa o humor como escudo para as emoções, uma vez que não sabe lidar bem com elas. Sloane nunca foi do tipo de conseguir interagir e fazer amigos facilmente, tanto que ela cai de paraquedas nesse grupo inusitado; e aí que está a mágica da personagem. Ela é tão sincera e ao mesmo tempo temerosa que sua personalidade se sobressai e acaba conquistando todo mundo quase que imediatamente - e a Sloane não nota isso. Para ela, os outros veem sua presença como parte do ambiente, não exatamente uma coisa necessária ali.
Eu amei toda a construção da personagem. É real, honesta e extremamente bem desenvolvida. Sloane é carismática, rouba a cena nos seus melhores momentos e dá espaço para que os outros personagens tenham seu crescimento. É o tipo de personagem principal muito fácil de gostar, não só por ter um humor A+ (do tipo de fazer gargalhar com as tiradas sarcásticas e os comentários afiados), mas também porque ela é empática e extremamente ansiosa para fazer a coisa certa. Não do tipo que busca atenção e reconhecimento. Sloane realmente só quer ajudar os outros; tanto que a ideia de recuperar a pintura da mãe dos gêmeos é dela, e ela coloca em prática em anonimato.
Suas interações com os outros personagens são repletas de diálogos ricos, criativos e cenas simples, mas importantes para toda a história. Os melhores momentos da Sloane são com os gêmeos, Vera e Gabe, e com seu pai, Michael.
Com os gêmeos envolve muito de conquista de confiança e de se abrir para pessoas novas que a entendem tão bem - nesse, caso, principalmente a Vera, já que com o Gabe se desenvolve além da amizade e começa a criar um clima de paixonite que confunde a Sloane e deixa a relação entre eles cheia de arrepios e cenas fofas que matam qualquer shipper do coração.
Com o pai, Sloane se deixa levar pelas emoções e pela certeza de que ele é a pessoa que mais entende tudo que ela sente e possivelmente vai sentir. Michael é um escritor estilo Nicholas Sparks, publicou vários romances best-seller, mas está vivendo um bloqueio criativo - por isso a mudança para a cidadezinha. Com a Sloane, ele encontra novos hobbies e novas maneiras de ocupar seu tempo; a melhor delas com certeza é sua recente obsessão por uma série jovem que fala sobre lobisomens adolescentes (sim, quase um Teen Wolf reimaginado).
Eu juro pelos deuses que chorei de tanto gargalhar por causa do Michael. Ele mergulha de cabeça nesse universo, a ponto de se tornar shipper de um casal gay imaginado pelos fãs, escrever fanfics, ler fanfics, re-assistir a série várias vezes seguidas. Enfim, basicamente, Michael é a exata representação da alma de uma fangirl e eu o amo por entender quão sério e real é se apaixonar por uma história fictícia e se dedicar a ela.
Por isso ele e a Sloane se dão tão bem: ao mesmo tempo em que são muito parecidos em algumas coisas, são opostos em outras - ele é muito aberto em relação às emoções, ela ainda está aprendendo a identificar e reagir a elas. É uma relação pai e filha muito, muito bem construída.
Os gêmeos também foram meus queridinhos. Vera é uma estrela adorável preciosa demais para esse mundo. É ela quem arrasta Sloane para o grupinho, quem ajuda a protagonista a se adaptar e se sentir confortável em meio às novas companhias. Vera é um raio de sol sorridente, apaixonada pela vida e pelas pessoas nela. Ela tem uma namorada incrível e a ama muito, ela implica com o irmão gêmeo, mas faria de tudo para protegê-lo; Vera é atenciosa e sempre presente e entende a Sloane mesmo quando ela não o faz (o que é quase o tempo todo dentro da trama).
Eu gostei muito da irmandade construída entre as duas, como elas se tornaram tão importantes uma para a outra de maneira natural, como toda amizade forte deve se desenvolver. Vera também vive seus dilemas individuais, mas ela é muito de dividir e buscar soluções junto às pessoas que ama - do mesmo jeito que protege e ajuda, ela aceita ser ajudada e protegida.
Gabe, por outro lado, é o lado mais contido e sério. Ele não sorri muito, por isso seus sorrisos são os mais impactantes. Eles vêm de repente e quase sempre estão relacionados aos amigos - e então a Sloane. O leitor consegue vislumbrar os sentimentos entre os dois avançando e se tornando algo impossível de esconder, mas a vida de shipper obviamente não é fácil - como o próprio pai da Sloane já percebeu - e o livro dá o tempo certo para que a paixonite se estabeleça.
Não tem nenhuma pressa em juntar os dois, uma vez que a história tem muito mais um tom puxado para amizade do que para romance - o romance só existe ali porque é natural e porque a Sloane está descobrindo coisas novas ao conviver com as pessoas, e se apaixonar por um cara às vezes acontece.
Gabe é um personagem autêntico e fofo, com seus momentos de revolta - por causa de uma situação familiar - e também de entrega às situações inesperadas. Eu fiquei completamente apaixonada por ele, pela sutileza da sua personalidade e pela maneira adorável com que ele se aproximou da protagonista.
Toda a história envolvendo o quadro desaparecido da mãe dos gêmeos é o que move a história, mas a autora consegue dar tom e dramas separados para cada núcleo que acompanha essa trilha principal. No grupinho, além dos gêmeos, temos também Aubrey e Remy - ex-namorados; ela bem misteriosa e fechada, ele ansioso e temeroso a entender porque uma relação tão perfeita teve um fim tão abrupto. E também tem participações maravilhosas do Frank, um cara descolado e rico que organiza as melhores festas do mundo e que adotou os garotos como parte da sua "família".
Eu poderia ficar horas e horas falando sobre como a Emma Mills desenvolveu bem as interações entre os personagens, como isso deu toda a riqueza à trama. Uma história simples, mas com nuances e emoções bem equilibradas, trazidas no momento certo. Os dramas familiares da protagonista e dos coadjuvantes é muito bem escrito, a missão para encontrar o quadro dá certo suspense à narrativa e você só torce para que a Sloane se encontre e se entenda e perceba o quanto é importante para todo mundo ao seu redor.
O inglês é bem fácil, não encontrei nenhuma palavra que destoasse demais e me fizesse buscar um dicionário. É uma ótima história para quem quer treinar a leitura em outra língua, e altamente recomendado para todo mundo que busca um livro para guardar no coração.
This Adventure Ends é uma obra para rir e para chorar, mas principalmente para se apaixonar por cada página, cada frase, cada palavra.
Sloane and her family have recently relocated permanently to their summer home in a small town in Florida. When she meets the vivacious Vera Fuller and her brother Gabe, Sloane ends up charming them with her no-nonsense honesty. For Sloane, this means having a group of friends who accept and love each other, something she’s never had before. And it means a distraction from her family life, which is a bit of a mess at the moment.
For her friends, including Vera and Gabe, but also several other characters, it means having an outsider’s perspective on their very close-knit friendships.
Sloane’s father, meanwhile, has always been her closest friend. He’s a Nicholas Sparks-type character, a guy who’s written commercially successful literary romance, but dreams of being Fitzgerald. He’s at an impasse in his career, and he ends up getting big into a fandom and fanfiction - and he takes Sloane with him.
“It’s like my books without the pretension. It’s...unguarded and sincere. It comes from a complete and total love of the characters, and a love of their love--of the idea of love, and that’s what I’m here for, Sloane. Characters you care about. Feelings that are authentic. It doesn’t shy away for one second. I wish I could write something like that.”
Like Sloane herself, the book hides behind its lighter, quippy moments. Yes, there’s hilarity in Sloane’s dad finding out about a teen werewolf show and becoming obsessed with reading alternate universe fanfiction. Yes, I laughed out loud when Sloane's friends ask her what the celebrity who stars in the movies based on Mr. Finch's books smells like. Her answer: "Like a baby who's just done a lot of cardio."
But at its core, this book, like Sloane, wants you to feel something deeply, and do something about it. This is what Emma Mills does best. She writes about characters who are at crossroads in their lives, trying to articulate what it is they want to do when they’ve spent their lives not really participating. And it felt so real to me, even as a teen who was a “participant.”
Because sometimes, at 16 or 17, you don’t know what you want to do with your life. And because of that, you don’t take chances that you could take to find out what it is you love - or whether you could make it a passion or career or goal.
“We should all find something to be weirdly passionate about, don’t you think?”
That’s what this story is about, more than anything. Passion. It’s about that feeling you get when you find your perfect story or TV show or movie or talent. The one you can’t stop Googling or talking to all your friends about, so much so that you end up on Tumblr, reblogging all the gifs of your ship. And then, if you’re really into it, you start creating your own worlds from it.
This Adventure Ends celebrates that kind of love - the all-consuming passion of finding the one thing or person you’re meant to be with. And if begs you - and Sloane - to admit that you care about it and own it. Take the chance to make it become more and bigger and better - so that you can become bigger and better, too.
The Giggles: This book legitimately made me laugh out loud a few times. Emma Mills has the incredible ability to articulate, in the most precise, unusual and funny way, the weirdness of a situation, and it’s a joy to read.
Kick-Arse Secondary Characters: This is one of those books where every secondary character is so real and has so much screen time that you can barely call them secondary. Sloane, her family and her friends are all on their own journeys, but the way they intersect, help and hurt one another? Those connections made this book an incredible read.
It’s A Quest: This Adventure Ends includes a quest of sorts. I can’t tell you much about it because it’s really nice when you figure out what it is! Like all quests, this one lands the characters in weird and funny situations. But as you keep reading, you realize that the quest is so much less about what’s at the end than the journey.
Heart-Squeezing Romance: I admit, I didn’t get QUITE as swoony with This Adventure Ends as I did in First & Then (EZRA!!). But still. This is some serious slow-burning romance, guys, and if you’re here for that, you won’t be disappointed.
The Final Word:
This Adventure Ends is definitely a funny read with great, distinctive voices. But more than that, it’s a book where you savour every moment you get to spend with it. It’s a book where you revel in friendship and family and finding the ability to engage in something so deeply that you take action. What that thing and action are is up to you, but This Adventure Ends appreciates that passion - and makes you want to find it and never let go.
This is the second book I've read by Emma Mills. The first one was Foolish Hearts. I never did write a review about it, except on my Instagram. It was one of the first boxes I got from OwlCrate and I was excited cause the story was so interesting and the cover was gorgeous. This cover is, of course, gorgeous as well.
Sloane moves to a new place and doesn't have a problem around people, nor does she have a problem confronting a douche being a douche at a party. Unfortunately, when she did that, the guy whom douche was being a douche to, didn't appreciate it. I always wondered WHY it's such a bad thing with a woman/girl comes to a guy's aid. Sure, they 'got it covered' but still. I wonder what exactly started as it being 'weak' or 'embarrassing' if a woman stood up for someone, even if it was a guy. Just saying.
Sloane is sarcastic, laid back, and sometimes a bit off putting when she uses humor to deflect from a serious situation, or a situation that seems to get serious. I adored her, however. One of the things that killed me was that she didn't realize, or acknowledge, that people did genuinely like her.
I just ADORED each character in this book. Vera and her twin brother, Gabe, were one of the first people she meets at that party. Gabe is a bit put off by her because, as a guy, he didn't like that she stood up to the douche who was being a douche to him. Vera is absolutely lovable and kind of adopts Sloane into their little circle of friends. Vera is a passionate character and even I was immediately drawn to her and would totally come out of my introvert shell to hang with her if she simply asked.
"We should all find something to be weirdly passionate about, don't you think?"
I loved the relationship (platonic) between Sloane and Frank. He doesn't have a HUGE part in the book, but he was so much fun to read. We should all have a Frank in our lives! Sloane's father is an author who is struggling with writers block, but becomes with a show called WereSchool and starts writing fanfics. The show is a school for different kind of creatures like werewolves, vampires, ghosts...
"Mermaids aren't real in the WereSchool canon."
I'm sorry but how can all the others exist and NOT mermaids!
The story centers around the twins' mother passing away but their father gave away a good chunk of her paintings. One in particular called The Dream, so Sloane literally goes out of her way to try to track down this painting so she could bring it back to them. Sloane does this as a way to really express herself, because not everybody is great with words - even if your father is a best selling author.
"All epic quest start somewhere, right?"
The story is a great journey with Sloane and even though she can be frustrating, simple friendships and compassion break through that wall eventually. This is only the second novel that I've read by Emma Mills, but right now, I'd rank this to be the top one I like the most, so far. I have her recent novel on my to be read list, but I don't have a copy of it just yet. If anything, it would be just to read about Frank and then Vera.
I only have one slight complaint. The constant use of the word 'like' was getting a bit old. I'm sure that's how some teenagers still talk these days (lord knows I did when I was younger), but I started to hate that word. That's all.
If you haven't read a book by Mills yet, I'd start with this one. Foolish Hearts is also a great novel, but this would be the one I would recommend first.
Since I am bad at articulating my love for Emma Mills' books, I will just give you a list of five fabulous things in this book.
1. The friendship was the heart of the story. Sloane was sort of a loner back in NYC, which was why relocating during her senior year didn't seem to phase her, but luck brought Vera and her crew into Sloane's life, and they decided to "keep her". This group had their ups and downs, but there was so much love and affection shared between them all. Each of them served an important role as part of the whole, and Sloane fit right in with them. It was a beautiful thing to see.
2. The relationship between Sloane and her dad was pretty fabulous. These two definitely shared a special bond, and I loved their interactions. It was easy to see where Sloane got her wit and humor from too.
3. I loved the twins so much! Gabe and Vera were quite a pair. They played off each other so well, but they also were there for one another and supported each other. Both were still working through their grief from their mother's death, and I was just so happy that the universe brought them into Sloane's life.
4. The search for the painting was something I really enjoyed. I absolutely adored the excursions, which led them to more excursions as Sloane's obsession with the painting escalated.
5. Gabe and Sloane and the slow burn for the win. These two danced around each other for almost the whole book, but I enjoyed the way they were feeling each other out, and their banter was so, so good. They also were able to uncover parts of each other they kept hidden from the world, and connections like that are gold.
If you asked me what I loved about this book, I would have to say EVERYTHING! Once again, Emma Mills has won my heart, made me smile, and left me wanting more.
* what was up with the dad and the fan fiction?
About 60% through I got fedup and started skimming through to realize i didn't care enough to finish. I wanted to love it like foolish hearts but i really did not connect with any of the characters. It was too drawn out and I wish obtaining 'the dream' was more central to the plot. But mostly I wish I could get a kindle refund.
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.