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.
As a huge fan of First & Then, I was really excited to see where this book would go and if I would enjoy it as much as Emma Mills’ other one. It was completely different but had the same feel that I loved from First & Then in regards to the characters, their dynamics, and their growth.
Sloane felt like a very realistic character that I loved almost immediately. She was sarcastic and used humour a lot to deflect. She was the type of character where not everyone will like her, and if you can’t get into her character it might be hard to get into the book, but I really enjoyed watching her grow and interact with her friends.
I loved that the romance was more in the background and the main focus was put on family and friendships. The romance was great, very well done and I loved it, but it was nice to see all the interactions with Sloane and her friends, all the laugh out loud moments in their banter. Their bantering caused for so many quotable moments. It was great.
The plot stayed pretty light through the whole book. It made for an easy read. It made for the feel of hanging out with friends instead of sitting in a room with a book. It was an enjoyable book, a fun read, and definitely puts Emma Mills on my auto-buy list.