The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

 

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is a book that’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, but a recent top ten post reminded me of its existence and encouraged me to finally read it. I’m so glad I did.

16081272Twenty-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.

The glowing reviews of this book were right. It was intriguing, with its magnetic characters and unrestricted plot line. It was heart-wrenching, with its unexpected twists and deep subject matter. I felt this story. It had an impact on me and I found myself thinking about these characters long after I’d turned the last page.

I enjoyed this book, but I will say that knowing there was a sequel was a bit of spoiler for me. However, I was still misty-eyed during the big reveal at the end. I know some readers commented on the high page count for this story but it flew by for me.

My only issue was becoming briefly distracted when random “planning” –type questions popped into my brain while reading, such as where is their money coming from? For whatever reason I was more worried about whether the logistics were realistic. Granted, the point of their adventure was to be unplanned but my list-making mind could barely comprehend the concept, and I had to hold back my planning tendencies to fully enjoy the book.

Nevertheless, this novel is a good addition to the New Adult genre and I really enjoyed it.

STARS: 4 out of 5

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