Series: The Edge of Never #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2 July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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?
*I received a free ARC of The Edge of Never from Hachette Book Group via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
The Edge of Never is a very emotional story about not having a destination in life, feeling numb, and not knowing what to do next. Camryn has felt lost for over a year, ever since Ian died in a horrible accident, the only feeling she has is a sort of numb pain. She is unable to cry, and her life has become a set of situations where she is only going through the motions. Her best friend Natalie tries her best to cheer her up, date again, move out of her mom’s house – anything to get a reaction from Cam.
As Cam’s and Ian’s dream was to never have the same job for long, but to rather travel around the world and work when they had to – one evening, Cam just packs a small bag and leaves. She chooses Idaho as her destination because the woman behind the counter at the Greyhound Bus station is having a baked potato. The Edge of Never takes Cam on a trip across the US, and soon, she meets Andrew, whom she tries not to talk to, but who is charming enough that it’s hard to keep him completely away. I was chucking at Andrew’s inner thoughts, as he was sure Cam was underage, and that he should really stay far away from her – only he found it almost impossible not to like her spunk.
During different bus-rides, Andrew felt protective of Cam, and a strange kind of friendship among strangers develop between them. The Edge of Never truly is a beautiful story about how the journey is much more important than the destination, and I loved how the two main characters were able to bring out the best in each other. It did take me a long time to trust Andrew, though, because some of his thoughts were confusing, and the readers never knew exactly what those thoughts meant.
The writing is in dual points of views, some chapters from Cam and others from Andrew, being inside of their heads was a trip in itself, as they are both pretty deep characters, and there is a lot more going on with both of them than what is shown on the surface. A little reckless, a lot lovable and hey, there’s also some scenes where Andrew plays the guitar – so total win on that count too! – some hotness, and striving for more – The Edge of Never is about growth, healing and living your own life, not what others expect of you.
If you are an emotional reader, like I am, The Edge of Never will make you feel so many different feelings – your heart will ache and almost break, you will laugh, cry and swoon, and you will cheer for Andrew and Cam all the way – their tortured souls really do deserve release, love and peace. I loved crossing the state-lines with them, and it was awesome to visit different cities and see new places through their eyes.
Even before Ian died, I always kind of thought out-of-the-box. Instead of sitting around dreaming up new sex positions, as Natalie often does about Damon, her boyfriend of five years, i dream about things that really matter. At least in my world, they matter. What the air in other countries feels like on my skin, how the ocean smells, why the sound of rain makes me gasp.
The moment you tell someone else is the moment you become a whiner and the world’s smallest violin starts to play.
Those girls at school had no idea what it really means to be depressed. It’s not only about sadness. In truth, sadness really has little to do with it. Depression is pain in its purest form and I would do anything to be able to feel an emotion again. Any emotion at all. Pain hurts, but pain that’s so powerful that you can’t feel anything anymore, that’s when you start to feel like you’re going crazy.
And there’s always, always a single shoe on the shoulder somewhere. What is it with the shoes? A bus ride is like being in another world.
When I could hold my eyes open long enough, I did stare up at the rain pelting down on me. I’ve never looked at it like that, straight up into the sky, and while I flinched more than I could actually see, when I could see it was absolutely beautiful. Like each drop rocketing towards me was separate from the thousands of others and for a suspended moment in time, I could glimpse it and see its delicate facets.