Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I wasn’t sure what I’ve gotten myself into when I read This Adventure Ends, actually I kind of did but that’s not important (never read spoilers because they’ll probably make you want to read the book and then when you reach the spoiler part that you’re looking forward to it’s only semi-fun). The good about this novel: it’s super funny. It has its awkward moments, but I find myself laughing out loud especially whenever Sloane’s dad appeared on the scene. Her relationship with her family is adorable. It’s interesting that she has more of a connection with her dad than her mother. Though it’s understandable because his career lets him be in pjs and at home all day. Anyways, Sloane’s dad is in a writing rut and he has stumbled upon Were High and the glory of fanfics that becomes his obsession. I mean I seriously can’t see my parents doing this whole fanfiction writing, but Sloane doesn’t seem all that fazed by her dad’s obsession. Not that it’d be embarrassing if my parents ever stumbled across fanfiction, but it’s just kind of unusual.
Aside from the awesome family relationship Sloane ends up unknowingly being friends with Gabe and his twin sister, Vera, who accepts her without hesitation after she stands up for Gabe. I’m not sure about where I stand with Vera. She’s the kind of person who throws everything on social media and is notoriously for taking selfies while Gabe’s personality is more like Sloane, a semi-introvert. Sloane throws herself into trying to make their lives better by tracking down their mom’s painting. And it’s sweet of her even though she’s under no obligation to do so and doesn’t see herself as their friend. The romance was a bit subtle. There was a buildup and I wouldn’t call it a slow burning but it did made me scream at Gabe and Sloane to just kiss each other already. When they do finally get to that kiss the novel is at the ending and I was left with wanting more Sloane and Gabe moments. Romantic moments, not we’re just friends with intense feelings moments you know. Why end the book when the romance just barely begun? The hopeless romantic in me just bemoans at this every time this kind of thing happens.