Black Sheep Time: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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. 

Source: GoodReads

I used to be excited about YA novels that discussed fandom, now I sort of hate them.

This will probably be a bit of a black sheep of a review. I have read several reviews prior to reading this book, and most of them—even by critical reviewers—have been positive.

I did not like this book.

And I know some of you are like big shock there. She doesn’t like a lot of books, but this one actually did shock me because about the first fourth of the way through the book I thought I was going to fall in with the majority. But in the end, it just didn’t work for me.

Let’s talk about what did work. First the best thing about this book is its cover. This is probably one of my favorite covers all year, and it’s probably what’s keeping it on the shelf and not in a storage box at the moment. This is how I wished all YA covers looked it’s tasteful and you can totally take it out in public without getting stared at.

The premises seems fascinating enough too, but when I actually read the book I felt like all the characters were a bit caricatures. Especially the dad character. I’m sorry, I do know that a lot of published authors write fan fic, but the way the dad dropped his career for fandom so randomly and had never heard of fandom before was a little startling. Also, he seemed grossly immature for an almost fifty year old. And yes, I know he’s an artist, but if I was his wife there would be words. Especially since he sort of uses his kids problems as basis to write his depressing Nicholas Sparks like stories.

Ugh.

Honestly, if there is going to be a pseudo Nicholas Sparks like dad I prefer the way the character was characterized in Anna and the French Kiss as the douche that he is. The immature-ness of the character just sort of made me cringe.

I also cringed about a lot of aspects of this book. The characterization I felt for the most part was very weak. Argue with me all you want, but I did not connect or identify with any of these characters.

While the plot was fairly non-existent, the book is a contemporary so it’s not like it had to have a strong plot if it had strong characters. But like I said the characters were just caricatures and I just—I really did not like this one.

I did like Mills’s debut, but I was sort of lukewarm to it. If I remember correctly it was a lukewarm Pride and Prejudice retelling—which actually means it was a fairly decent Pride and Prejudice retelling. This Adventure Ends, wasn’t even lukewarm it was just another fandom YA book that annoyed me.   But alas, it’s not the worst fandom book I read. That displeasure still goes to All the Feels.

From the reviews, I seem to be in the minority on this one so you could very easily like it better than me. For me, it was just a forgettable contemporary that I’m probably only going to remember for the fact it had a grossly immature parent.

Overall Rating: C+

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