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Book Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski



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


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The Edge of Never is written in an alternating POV from Camryn and Andrew which totally gives the readers a full experience of their entire journey. Thumbs up for that. You see, both of these characters are experiencing their own inner turmoil and as they go along this road trip they find ways to heal and be there for each other when most needed.

The “being strangers” element of the story was handled really well. This isn’t a case of creepy appearances and vaguely telling something about their personal life. This is a story wherein you actually see two people thrown into the mix and ends up embarking on a journey together. I know at first you’ll be like freaked out that Cam’s going on this journey with someone she barely knows. But when you read the story, you’ll just feel Andrew’s sincerity. He is that willing to get to know Camryn and be a part of this spontaneous road trip. He may have secrets but he managed to tell Cam a lot about himself. A plus to him for having Cam tag along with him when he visited his father.

Is it any different than meeting you at the library and going out with you a night or two later, alone in your car? Everybody starts out as strangers, Andrew, but not everybody meets a stranger who saves her from a rapist and takes her to meet his dying father practically in the same night – I’d say you passed the trustworthy test a little back ways.

The build up of Andrew and Camryn’s relationship was presented naturally. This isn’t the “friends to lovers fast paced” kind of situation but instead readers are treated with the sight of them from being strangers to slowly testing the waters of knowing each other. Then being able to have an established friendship and later on blossomed into something more. Readers get to see that here.

Highly emotional? Heck yes! I know that there’s something really wrong that’s bound to happen during the last part of the book and the wheels inside my mind just keeps on turning and turning. I was just waiting for the author to pull out that curve ball and acknowledge my theories.

And then she did.

Despite my suspicion being proven, I still cried. Towards the last pages of the book, J.A. Redmerski still managed to squeeze a surprise in which totally made me squeal.

The Edge of Never is a story that tackles a lot of things. From friendships to relationships, family, finding and reflecting about one’s self, unexpectedly falling in love, being able to break through one’s comfort zones and just truly living in the moment. With a lot of elements injected in the story, J.A. Redmerski was able to weave every piece beautifully. Everything feels right about it. Redmerski was able to deliver a witty, highly emotional and just a beautifully written book. The writing was so good that you’ll be immediately sucked in to the story and won’t be able to put the book down, not unless you’re done with it.





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