Mills, Emma This Adventure Ends, 304 pages. Henry Holt and Company, 2016. $17.99. Language: R (129 swears, 57 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (Frank sexual discussions and humor) Violence: PG
Sloane has just moved to another town because of her father’s erratic career. It bothers her but little, as she’s always considered herself a loner type and has her musical theatre pursuits to keep her plenty occupied. But a chance encounter at a party with twins Vera and Gabe changes all of that. Soon she’s caught up in an intense friendship unlike she has ever known, but it may just break her heart.
This Adventure Ends ticked almost all of my boxes. It’s by turns heartwarming and insightful, with just the right amount of emotional angst to get your pulse jumping. It made me laugh and reread passages over which were particularly hilarious, not to mention impressed me thoroughly with its stunning portrayal of the ups and downs of friendship and familial love. The only complaint I can possibly put to it is that it was unnecessarily crass.The swear count was off the charts and makes me sadly hesitant to recommend it.
HS- OPTIONAL. Jewels, 12th grade