The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #1
Published by CreateSpace
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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?
Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction
I was not sure what to expect when I started the Edge of Never. I vaguely remember adding it to my tbr list after reading great things about it. It ended up sitting on my shelf forever but I finally picked it up and have to say, although it wasn’t perfect I was pleasantly surprised. The way J.A. Redmerski brought Camryn and Andrew together was wonderful. I have mad love for road-trips (may I have the time and money to go on my own some day) and the self-discovery they bring in books. Although I didn’t always agree with where things were going in this book it definitely still had its great moments.
It was a bumpy start with weird encounters leading up to Camryn deciding to get away and figure things out. Her friends aren’t very nice and others tried to be funny in ways that weren’t. Although I understood Cams need to leave I couldn’t get over the fact that she had clearly been diagnosed with depression and wasn’t taking the medication prescribed to her. I’m no doctor and I know Cam had some things to work through but I also felt the possibility of her just taking off and everything just working out would not be realistic. She had her moments where I wished she would have just thought about things a little longer but I never disliked her.
“Pain is pain , babe.” Every time he calls me “babe” I notice it more than anything else he says. “Just because one person’s problem is less traumatic than another’s doesn’t mean they’re required to hurt less.”
Camryn was on a trip to nowhere when Andrew enters the picture. He is on a very specific trip to see his ill father. It is clear he is angry and hurting but he has a way of talking about things that make you instantly fall for him. I liked him from the start. He was a beautiful person who brought life out of Cam. Their bond seamed to be instant but slow at the same time. Their time together was explosive but in reality they were both running from something. It is amazing how life can bring the right people into your life at the right time but although they can help you through your struggle they cannot be the cure for it. I loved Cam and Andrews time together but I just felt like everything was being avoided. Yes, Cam was finally doing her own thing and finding herself but neither her nor Andrew were talking about bigger problems. As they grow closer these secrets and avoidance threaten to pull them apart. When reality hits it’s hard to stay open.
My concern over Cam working through her depression through meeting Andrew and my worry over them not talking about the big things was overshadowed by the fact that I did feel like Redmerski was trying to make too many things happen. The book began to feel longer than it needed to be and I felt more problems where added for shock value then were really necessary. It could have been just as good without it and for me it felt like it was dragging then all of a sudden rushed. With that and the rough start I was a bit thrown off but it didn’t take long for me to become a little obsessed with finishing the Edge of Never. Andrew had to be the best part of this book and if I had to give you one reason to read it I would have to say it is him.