The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, # 1)
By: JA Redmerski
Published: November 2012 by Createspace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)
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Goodreads description--Sometimes life takes you off course . . .
THE EDGE OF NEVER
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction
The Edge of Never is one of those that I read the description over a year ago, added it to my TBR list, and then forgot about it. When I saw it available on NetGalley I jumped on it without even re-reading the description. So I'm not quite sure what I was expecting The Edge of Never to be about especially after the first couple of chapters, but I wasn't expecting a road trip. ROAD TRIP it was!
The description of the book, like many others, seems to me to be misleading anyway. The very beginning of the book only serves to set up the background for why Camryn feels like she needs this road trip so badly. She just needs to get away. She needs to do something that's not a repeat of the previous day. I totally get that. Where Camryn's traveling away from something, Andrew is traveling to something. His father is in the hospital and Andrew is trying to see him before he dies.
I really enjoyed the slow build of the attraction and relationship between Andrew and Camryn. The book is surprisingly told from dual POVs. I only say "surprisingly" because Andrew's first narration doesn't come until you're a decent way through the beginning portion of the book. I wasn't expecting him to narrate at all, but it was a nice surprise.
After their bus ride across the country, these two decide to embark on a slightly more personal road trip. All along the way, they talk, share stories and pieces of themselves with the other, and thus grow their relationship. Some of the topics of conversation were a bit much for me, but hey...whatever floats your boat right?
I was pretty sure I hated Camryn's best friend Natalie after the beginning of the book, but by the end Natalie had redeemed herself. The other secondary characters were just as strong. Even the ones that didn't make major appearances like Blake and Damon, Asher, Aiden, and Michelle. They each had a strong presence, and I hope we get more of the same in book 2.
The Edge of Never ended up having some plot twists that I wasn't expecting, though I did guess them before they were revealed. Despite not being overly original, The Edge of Never hooked me and had me not wanting to put it down. I can't quite tell you how I felt about the ending because I don't want to give it away. It wraps up literally in the last couple 2-4% of the book. I will say that I'm excited about reading book 2, The Edge of Always.
Fans of the New Adult trend will enjoy The Edge of Never. I'm giving it 3.5 stars. Have you read The Edge of Never? What did you think? Let me know!