Series: The Edge of Never #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on March 12, 2013
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Sometimes life takes you off course . . .
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?
“The heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way. The mind may be what’s best, but I don’t give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I just want to live in the moment.”
“It’s a blatant fact: Andrew Parrish and I were mean to meet on that bus in Kansas.”
“Natalie had been twirling that same lock of hair for the past ten minutes and it’s starting to drive me nuts.”
My Musings: When I saw this book on Netgalley, I just had to request it. I had heard all the hype about how fantastic of a novel it was. I wanted to see for myself. I went into this novel with high expectations. Luckily, The Edge of Never pulled through.
The Edge of Never follows Camryn “Cam” Bennett as she leaves her hometown and boards a Greyhound bus to nowhere—literally. Cam has no idea where she’s going; she bought her ticket to Idaho based solely on the fact that the ticket lady was eating a potato. But that doesn’t matter—she just wanted to escape from everything at home. Eventually, Cam’s bus path intersects with that of Andrew Parrish. Andrew was like no one that Cam had ever met. He had to ability to make her try new things and to live life in the now. The rest of the novel focuses on Cam’s growth as a person, of course with some interesting twists and turns along the way.
“Aside from a few shady bus station dwellers, I’m not really afraid of anything anymore. I guess when you just don’t care it kind of makes fear your bitch.”
I really liked Cam’s character. Cam had gone through a lot of crap in the years previous to the novel. It seemed as if everything good in her life had come to an abrupt end, like dominos falling upon each other. Cam’s personality was just an enjoyable one, in my opinion. She was a genuinely good girl who was withholding pain that a lot of us couldn’t even imagine. And although she could appear ‘whiny’ sometimes, it was all justified in my eyes. I enjoyed the way that she grew and changed over this novel immensely. With Andrew’s help, she was able to let go of everything that was holding her back and live life to the fullest. It was truly a magnificent change.
“What is with people and their willingness to follow? Not me. I want one thing in life. It’s not money or fame or a Photoshopped d**k on a billboard in Times Square or a college education that may or may not benefit me later. I’m not sure what it is that I want, but I feel it deep in the pit of my stomach. It’s sitting there dormant. I’ll know it when I see it.”
Andrew was a unique character, to say the least. Like Cam, he had secrets that he was hiding that I’m not going to spoil for you. But he was a hilarious character to read, and often had me cracking up like a maniac. He had this laidback sense to him that could instantly relax a reader. The one thing that just didn’t float my boat about him was his alpha-maleness. It wasn’t all the time, just certain times I can’t really get into without major spoilers. But let’s just say that he learned to stop thinking about the future too, and to live life in the moment. Because you never know when it could be taken away. That’s what he had tried to live by since the beginning of the novel, but he didn’t truly embrace it until right before the climax of the novel. Which I can’t talk about. Darn.
“He’s melting my heart, calling me ‘baby’. And that concerned, fierce look in his eyes…I just want to kiss him.”
Although this romance wasn’t the best I’ve read, some of you may beg to differ. I loved the emotional ties in their relationship. Their love ran so deeply and was based off of their characters, rather than just the physical aspect. Although there was plenty of physicality. That’s what I didn’t like about their relationship. It’s a personal thing, but their ‘close’ times kind of distanced me from the novel. Personally, I don’t enjoy reading about aggressive loving. And that’s what it was. So personally, that part of their relationship didn’t tickle my fancy, but the romance-romance part did! I loved the fact that it was in no way close to insta-love. Although some may disagree because it only took a few weeks, it felt like so much longer. They actually got to know each other, and became friends in the first place. Then it progressed to something more. Something that they resisted for a while, which made it that much better. Their romance felt real to me, and that’s always an instant plus in my book.
“I’m sorry, Cam, but that’s just too much coincidence—you two were meant to be together. It’s like some wicked f***king fairytale love story that you just can’t make up, y’know?’”
The last character that I want to mention is Cam’s best friend Natalie. Although some stuff goes down between the two in the novel, it all works out in the end. Natalie was a very unique character. She had a sarcastic and fun personality, and I personally think that it was a great balance to Cam’s orderly personality. Natalie and Cam’s relationship showed that true friendship can conquer anything. It was heartwarming to see that even after everything they had each other’s backs when they were needed.
I loved the world building in this novel. The only other road trip novel that I’ve tried (and failed) to read was Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. I really liked the changing of scenery in this novel. The characters experienced lots of new things and I was able to experience them right along with them. The writing was so detailed that I actually felt like I was in the places that they travelled. Personally, my favorite was New Orleans. Lots of cool stuff! I also loved the fact that the information in this novel wasn’t an ‘info dump’. The fact that everything we needed to know was slowly and methodically revealed really helped to set up and execute the climax. She gave me just enough to think that I knew what was happening—and then I’d be wrong, but close. I loved the guessing game that came along with this novel. It made it even more fun to read.
The Edge of Never was written in the dual POVs of Cam and Andrew. I loved this. Usually dual POVs don’t do it for me because the characters start sounding the same, but it was not so with this novel. Cam and Andrew’s voices remained unique in themselves throughout the entire novel, which I don’t see very often. I could always tell who I was reading. It was never a guessing game of ‘now is this Cam or Andrew…?’ I really enjoyed seeing both of their takes on what was happening, especially because they saw and experienced things in totally different ways. It gave me a good take on what the middle ground was. There was just something about the author’s writing style that sucked me into this novel and didn’t let me out. I stayed up until 2 in the morning on the day of SATs to finish reading it! I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The writing had a certain flow to it that made it read like a breeze. It wasn’t too fast paced, too slow paced; it was Goldilocks perfect. I really connected well with the characters, and I’m sad to have to have departed with them until the sequel is released. It was a bittersweet departure, and I can’t wait to meet up with them again and to see what happens next. Because let me tell you, that cliffhanger was cruel and unusual punishment!
The Edge of Never was a compelling New Adult novel that touched my heart. Filled with pain, recovery, and life lessons, it’s a book that you just must give a try.