BOOK REVIEW: THE EDGE OF NEVER

The-Edge-of-Never-JARedmerskiTHE EDGE OF NEVER (The Edge of Never, #1)

Author: J. A. Redmerski
Published on: November 30, 2012
Genre:
Contemporary romance, New Adult

Published by: Hachette Book Group
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

REVIEW

Prepare to be absolutely riveted! The Edge of Never easily makes my top 5 favorite books of all time. Heck, it could be number one!

Who hasn’t honestly thought (at least once in their life) of going out on an aimless road trip? That is exactly the decision that the protagonist of The Edge of Never, Camryn Bennett, makes. Though I’m a guy, I identify with her, especially since I don’t live in a city I’m happy to live in. Besides being way too hot for my liking, this town is about as exciting to me as watching paint dry. I don’t feel I truly belong here. Sometimes I’ve seriously thought of just packing and leaving, betting I’d have much better luck anywhere else.

Camryn doesn’t believe she’s where she belongs, either. She has never been satisfied with her life, and aspires to break from the mold. In other words, Camryn doesn’t want the same boring life everyone else has–wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, have breakfast, go to a 9-to-5 job and then come back home again. She wishes for something different. Adding to her anxiety is the fact that her former boyfriend died some time ago, and he was going to be Camryn’s partner on a journey around the world.

“ There was no logic or any sense of purpose except that I knew I had to do something other than what I was doing… 

After a disastrous night at a clandestine night club, Camryn makes a snap decision to jump on a bus headed for the first state that pops into her mind (think potatoes). That’s quite stupid, but courageous on her part. While on her journey, fate has her cross paths with Andrew Parrish, a young man that Camryn eventually develops a bond with. After saving her from a perverted bastard (seriously, the guy was SO lame), Andrew decides to accompany Camryn on a journey to nowhere in particular. They quickly become very close to each other, although Andrew has a secret that threatens to break them apart. It’s not a dark secret, but it is grave enough that it might have the weak of heart shedding tears. I can think of another novel with a similar situation.

I liked the character of Camryn. She might seem a bit of a hypocrite to some people (I’ve read reviews), but Camryn’s a nice person. She’s a far better role model for girls than Bella Swan. Note that I’m not inciting girls to just pack and go away. I’m just talking about Camryn’s courage to follow her dreams. She’s not afraid to be different, to want and pursue more. I strongly admire her. When she grows up, Camryn’s certainly not going to regret failing to go after her desires.

Andrew Parrish is a character I also identified with. I think it would be awesome if I could take an aimless trip like he and Camryn did. Going sightseeing to places like New York would be great. Andrew also has musician talents, which I don’t have and wouldn’t really like to have. I’d rather listen to music than create it. In addition, Andrew sets a great example of how to treat a lady. We may all mentally undress girls, but not all of us are sick enough to attempt doing what the lame guy tried to do when Camryn was saved from him by Andrew. Kudos to Andrew for being a gentleman.

“ I think when you fall in love, like true love, it’s love for life. All the rest is just experience and delusions. 

Five stars doesn’t seem like enough for this shiny diamond of a novel. I highly, highly recommend it. Even if you ‘hate’ to read (I can’t fathom why anyone would hate reading), then at least consider this book. Yes, it’s THAT freakin’ awesome. The cover art is also fabulous. It’s one of the best-designed covers I’ve come across. And the ending? The first paragraph will throw you for a loop. It’s great.

This novel is recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual content and nudity. Violence level is mild to none.

MY RATING

Absolute must-read. It’s amazing!!!

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