It’s Grace, on a rather sleepy Wednesday. While I procrastinate Latin translation, I figured I’d spotlight a book I’ve been waiting for.
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.
Emma Mills wrote one of the most refreshing books I’ve ever read.
I’m beyond astonished at authors that can write well-balanced stories, because I always struggle to find ones that satisfy all my various requirements. As I know from This Adventure Ends, she has a talent for it. Her characters are engaging, unique, and lifelike — a combination that you wouldn’t think works but does. In reading reviews of her latest, people have commented on the characteristic witty dialogue and lovable characters — qualities I loved about her first one. If it feels like her first one, great because I could use another. If Foolish Hearts feels distinct, I’m curious about what else she can do.
I put This Adventure Ends in my “quiet reads” post a few months back because I couldn’t believe it hadn’t gotten more attention.
“Art. Jokes with her dad. A funky group of friends. Road trips. Freshness. It’s super witty and light, but also meaningfully tackles a lot of obstacles present in a good ol’ coming-of-age. This is the type of book that makes me want to cry because it’s so warm and full of life. It’s just a really comforting but invigorating read.”
With that being said, I should read her next book, right?
Even if I weren’t an Emma Mills fangirl, I’d still be drawn in by other parts of the synopsis. I’ve taken two Shakespeare classes in college, and so I have a lot more appreciation nowadays for Shakespearean elements. Plus, boy bands! Rivalry!