This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Book Review

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

This is the only second book I’ve read by Emma Mills, but I can safely say that she writes some of the most well rounded contemporaries I’ve ever seen. With many contemporaries the main focus is typically romance with a little smidgen of quirky friends and a dash of a loving family, and I just always want less romantic subplot and more of the book focused on the other relationship dynamics. That’s not to say that I don’t love those type of contemporaries because I do but there always feels like there’s something missing. With Emma Mills, you get a great love interest, interesting and complex friendship dynamics and a family that doesn’t conveniently disappear halfway through the book. If this is what all of her books are like, I seriously need to read her first book and her latest one.

This book gave me serious The Perks of Being a Wallflower( the movie not the book) vibes which just made fall in love with the book all the more. I couldn’t help making parallels with the two set of character, and it definitely made my reading experience much more interesting. So like in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you’ve got an outsider who kind of finds their way into this friend group who have been friends forever and do everything together, and this outsider slowly begins a part of the friend group and just aghhh I didn’t realize how much I love this trope until I read This Adventure Ends. I absolutely loved seeing how the main character, Sloane, integrated into this friend group and I loved seeing how the individual members and the group as a whole responded to her. Additionally, I loved learning about the different friends. They were all such different people with different ambition and personalities, but they formed an amazingly cohesive friend group. I also appreciated the conflict that occurred towards the end of the book. It felt very natural and necessary to the progression of the story and it didn’t feel like it was added just for the sake of drama.

Even though this was a contemporary there was some very hard hitting moments that made this book feel all the more real. I finished this book in tears with a huge lump in my chest which are the best type of books. The journey of discovery that Sloane went through during the book was something that I related to immensely. I thought the way she developed from someone with a lot of apathy to someone who realized that that wasn’t the way she wanted to live was really interesting. The way Mill’s constructed Sloane’s personality was super fascinating and she was an incredible protagonist. I loved her humour and how loyal she was. There are some characters that you love because they’re a well developed character and then there’s character’s that make you feel as though someone stole your innermost thoughts and emotions. Sloane is the latter.

It’s usually pretty rare that one of my favorite character’s is one of the MC’s parent’s, but Sloane’s dad was amazing. He’s this renowned author who writes Nicholas Sparkesque books but he’s currently in a rut. While he’s in this rut, he discovers the world of fandom and falls in love with this Teen Wolfesque show. He begins to read Fanfiction of the show and even tries his hand at writing his own. I’m not a huge fan of fanfiction but I thought all the discussion surrounding fanfiction was super interesting. I loved seeing Sloane’s dad talking about coffeeshop and next door neighbor AU’s and tbh I would read an entire book about him. The one thing that I would’ve appreciated more about was Sloane’s mom. We really didn’t know anything about her which was a little frustrating.

Have You Read This Adventure Ends? Have You Read Mills’ other books? What Did You Think of Them? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills Book Review

Goodreads Summary:
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:5/5 stars

My thoughts:

Contemporaries are always a hit or miss: I either love them with all my being or I couldn’t care less about it. I’m always scared when I read a new contemporary author because how is it going to live up to the amazingness that is say Anna and The French Kiss or Simon Vs The Homo Sapien Agenda. Foolish Hearts is everything I want in a contemporary and so much more.

I was hesitant with the first fifty pages or so because I though there would be a lot of petty drama and girl hatred but there wasn’t and honestly god bless? Of course like any contemporary there was drama but it was reasonable and not super cringey. I hate when drama is caused unnecessarily just for the sake of plot.

Like the majority of contemporary it does have a romantic aspect to it ( which is adorable) but I loved how their was also a huge focus on friendship and family. I loved Claudias relationship with her best friend, Zoe and I really loved how well they worked for their problems. I honestly loved how the ending really highlighted how important Zoe’s and Claudia’s friendship was and how that never changed despite things that happened throughout the novel.The second friendship that was honestly so great was between Iris and Claudia. Though Iris can be seen as a sort of an antagonist at first and is the reason why they have to work on A Midsummers Night Dream she really grows as a person. Iris is an immensely flawed character but her friendship with Claudia really helps her grow as a person. I loved how she got Claudia into her favorite band and how they bonded over it, it was really sweet. The last friendship that I thought was great was between Gideon ( the love interest) and his best friend Noah.  I loved how much they cared for each other and how close they were:YA needs more positive male friendships honestly! 

Family was another great aspect of it: I loved seeing the dynamic between Claudia and Alex(her older brother by one year) compared with the dynamic between Claudia and Julia( her older sister by 11 years). I really loved seeing them bonding over their shared interest in Battle Quest While I think family is a pretty important theme, I would’ve liked to see a little more of it especially with Claudias parents.

Gideon was honestly the best love interest ever and I loved him so much. He was such a pure character which such a loving and caring heart and I just need a million books with characters like Gideon. I loved how eccentric he was and just everything about him was wonderful!!The development of the friendship between him and Claudia was executed amazingly and everything about it was perfect. Gideon is a precious cinnamon role and I wish he was real.

The other thing I liked was the romance between Iris and Paige and them work through their problems. Throughout the book I was either I want a relationship like Iris has with Paige or like Claudia has with Gideon: they were both such relationship goals even though they had their troubles!

One tiny problem I had with the book was that I found that Claudia’s character needed something a little extra to really complete her character but I feel like we didn’t get to know her as much as we could have.

As a final note: this book was freaking hilarious!! In the first few pages alone, it had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions.