The Edge of Never

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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 Raleigh, 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? - Goodreads


Okay, Before I got into this review let me tell you that I am still on a high  after an emotional roller coaster ride while reading this book. I get too personal with the books that I've read. I crave books that will evoke emotions out of me. I would be in complete joy if I read one that will move my heart and soul. And The Edge of Never did that and much more.  

I have been on the look out for this book since I saw it on NYT's Bestseller list last year. It piqued my  curiosity when my fellow book bloggers were singing praises about this wonder. So I got my own copy and divulge it one sitting two days ago and The Edge of Never turned out to be as good as I hoped it would be. This book brought me to places I wish I were. It leaved me breathless and utterly amazed. It made me realized that life is too short and you just lived it the way how you want to and not because other people want you to. I could go on and on about praises on how good this book was but it would be different if you would read it on your own.

Unlike some of the books I loved that really started out strong, The Edge of Never started out a bit too dragging. I know some of those that already read this mentioned that the story was too slow but it didn't really bothered me. In all honesty, it was compensated because the author did a remarkable job of developing the story from the beginning to end especially in terms of their relationship. It was not love at first sight with Andrew and Camryn. Yes, there was physical attraction but they didn't acted on it right away. It was not the "I like you, you're hot, let's f*ck" but for me it felt more of a friendship that slowly developed into a romantic one once they had gotten to know each other more on their roadtrip. It was a good thing when they fell in love and a torture when they won't tell each other how they felt. I was happy when they got together and in despair upon learning Andrew's secret. I wasn't able to control myself when my tears slowly crept and fell out of my eyes when that "thing" happened. In fact, during that particular cemetery scene, I was convinced that Andrew died when Camryn was visiting a grave and a large PARRISH was printed on the tombstone. I had to pause and put the book for a few minutes while gathering myself. Nevertheless, one good thing that I love about this book is how I was able to understand and relate to the characters more. It could be that it was told in two POV's so as you can read both sides of the story ot it could also be that they were simple characters. Both of them had emotional baggage they carried but the author didn't make it too complicated.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to backpack across the world with just your bag and a few necessities? If you don't then you should read this book and joined Camryn and Andrew's roadtrip to life and love - the forever kind. Just a warning though, it comes with drama and tears so be prepared. 

Ratings: ♥♥♥♥♥

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