“ Author: J. A. Redmerski / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 04 July 2013 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: The Edge of Never / ISBN 13: 9780007523184 / ISBN 10: 0007523184 „
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'The moment you tell someone else is the moment you become a whiner and the world's smallest violin starts to play. The truth is, we all have problems; we all go through hardships and pain, and my pain is paradise compared to a lot of people's and I really have no right to whine at all.'
20 year old Camryn Bennet, from North Carolina, has never been satisfied with living a monotonous life, doing the same things day after day. Her life fell apart when her boyfriend was killed in a car accident, and now she's in danger of falling into the very life that she doesn't want to lead. After falling out with her best friend, Camryn takes a Greyhound bus, with no idea where she's going; all she knows is, she wants to get away from home.
Andrew Parrish is a 25 year old, with dark secrets, which he hides with overconfidence. He's on his way to visit his Father in hospital, taking a Greyhound bus to put it off as long as possible. He crosses paths with Camryn when he sits behind her on the bus. At first, his loud music wakes her up, and gets them off to a bad start. But as they spend more time together on their journey, they start to grow closer and develop a friendship.
After going their separate ways, Camryn doesn't expect to see Andrew again, but they soon meet again, and decide to go on a road trip together. It's what Camryn always wanted, never staying in the same place for more than a few days, and it provides a welcome distraction from his secrets.
As the two grow ever closer, Camryn will discover the secrets that Andrew is hiding; will it push her away from him? Or will they grow even closer?
I enjoyed reading this book, but I only gave it three stars, since I didn't connect with the characters as much as I'd have liked to. The story was a nice concept, but at times, I found it hard to get into, and got a bit bored with it. I was determined to find out what happened between the two of them, so I finished the book anyway.
The twist at the end was the best part of the book for me, we finally find out Andrew's secret, and it is truly shocking, it wasn't predictable for me at all, and it genuinely surprised me. This was the only part of the story that I really found myself connecting with the characters, and feeling the emotions that they were feeling.
I got this book on my Kindle for 99p from Amazon, so although it wasn't the best book I've read recently, it was definitely worth reading for that price. If I'd paid more, then I might have felt a little disappointed, but it was fairly enjoyable, so I don't feel like I wasted my money.
Although I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd have liked to, by the end of the book I did start to feel for the characters, so I will be reading the sequel, since I'm interested in finding out which direction Andrew and Camryn's life takes.
Overall, it's not the best book I've read recently, but towards the end, it was emotional and surprising, so if you're looking for a sweet romance story, which takes a direction that you're not expecting, then I recommend this to you. It's a fairly short and easy read, if I'd found it easier to get into, then I would have finished it a lot sooner, but I still read it in about a week. It's worth a read, especially if you get it as cheap as I did.
Amazon are currently still selling the Kindle Edition for 99p, and the paperback for £5.99.
This book was written by J.A Redmerski, a best selling Author, living in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She has written eight distinct works, including The Darkwoods Trilogy, and a few standalone novels, such as Killing Sarai and Dirty Eden. I'm interested in reading the next part to The Edge of Never, and I might look into a few of her other books too.
About the book
The Edge of Never is a New Adult book by J.A. Redmerski. It is published by Harper on 14th July and the book is 480 pages long. I received an e-copy for review through Net Galley.
Since the death of her high school sweetheart, Camryn Bennett's life has never been quite right. She's not the same person she used to be, is definitely not interested in dating and doesn't really have a lot of fun any more. After one crazy night she can't stop thinking about, Cam knows it is time for a change. Without a word to anyone, she heads off on a bus to a random place based on a baked potato. Although she doesn't really have a clue what exactly she is doing, Cam feels much better for not being at home.
On her long and boring bus journey she meets Andrew, who is more like her than she can imagine. Although not wanting to even talk to him to begin with, he gets under her skin and offers her the chance of a lifetime... the opportunity to really know what it means to live. Instead of travelling on her own, Andrew joins her and they embark on an exciting road trip without a set plan. The attraction is burning between Cam and Andrew but both have secrets and pasts which could affect everything.
What I thought
Although New Adult is a new genre, this book had such a buzz about it and I had heard so many great things. For some reason though, I left it sitting on my Kindle for ages before I got round to reading it. Once I had started it though, I couldn't put it down. I somehow managed to read the whole thing on my phone during a shift at work.
Twenty year old Camryn has had a hard life. Her boyfriend died in a car accident and then later, her brother was jailed for causing a car accident. Cam completely changed after these events and at the beginning of the book, she is very unsure about who she is. I can't say that I liked the beginning of this book though. While it gives the opportunity to get to know Cam in her hometown and her friends, I don't think it was needed. I think the beginning created an unneeded reason for Cam to run away as she already had enough of those. I would have loved for The Edge of Never to have begun with Cam sat on a bus, beginning her road trip.
Once away from her hometown and on her adventure, I absolutely loved Cam. She instantly became a different and much more interesting person to read about. She has a quick and witty personality and has some great lines as soon as she meets Andrew. At this point, instead of being solely narrated, Andrew gets his say as well which was something I liked. The reactions from each character about the other were so funny and made for a great read. What I wasn't expecting from this book was for so much of it to be set in transportation. Cam and Andrew spend a hell of a long time either on a bus or in a car but it never got boring. Their personalities and conversations were entertaining and exciting.
Both characters have had some tough things going on in their lives but neither let it really get to them as much as I thought it would. Not that this is a bad thing. As Cam and Andrew head off on an adventure together, the book is about really getting to know yourself and being open to new experiences. I loved this aspect of the book as it was really inspirational. It also showed how one little thing like getting on a bus can change your whole life forever. It also shows not to dwell on the past too much or these wonderful things might not happen.
Together, Cam and Andrew are just as fantastic characters as they are separately. These two have sizzling chemistry and a hell of a lot of sexual tension between them. However, they are also super cute at times, goofing around and teasing each other but at all times, they are themselves and quite open. As they are on a road trip and spend a lot of time travelling, this gives the opportunity to really get to know these characters. We get to find out their hopes and dreams, what food they like and don't as well as things like musical preference. I know some things sound silly but I think these are well thought out characters with a lot of depth.
As for the plot, you can probably already tell that I loved the road trip element to this book. There is much more to it than that though. As I already said, the book is about the characters really getting to know themselves as well as each other. Along the way, certain events change the way in which one of the characters thinks, or the way in which they see other people. I loved the excitement of not knowing where they would travel to next or what they would experience. As well as these two fantastic elements, The Edge of Never is extremely deep and heartfelt. There is so much passion and emotion put into this book and my own emotions were constantly changing throughout.
While I didn't like the beginning of The Edge of Never, I absolutely loved it afterwards. It was funny, heart-breaking, passionate and exciting all at the same time.