Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
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?
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: I typically share the opinions of the majority when it comes to books.
The Edge of Never has been on my TBR for a long time, so when my Talk Darcy to Me Book Club picked this book, I was very excited. It has really great ratings on Goodreads, too.
Surprisingly, though, it was extremely difficult for me to get into.
I couldn’t stand the main character.
She was extremely negative and that tends to grate on my nerves. That’s not to say that all characters who are pessimistic get on my nerves, it’s just that some authors pull it off much better than others in my opinion.
When the main character annoys me, it makes it really hard to get into the book.
I felt like Andrew was too good for Camryn.
I call this the Twilight Effect: when it makes no sense to me why the love interest is so in love with the main character/the love interest seems too good for the main character.
There were no real supporting characters.
It was just Camryn and Andrew 95% of the time and while, in theory, that sounds great when you love the two characters together, it’s really hard to pull off if both of them aren’t entertaining or relatable.
An example where this is done really well is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The entire book revolves around the two main characters and their developing hate-to-love relationship, but the two characters are so adorable/interesting and full of chemistry together, it’s perfect.
The story didn’t seem to have a point.
There were fantastic elements in this story: an epic road trip with an intriguing stranger sounds like an amazing premise to a story, but there was no real conflict until the end, but even that seemed a little … contrived. It came out of nowhere and not in a good way. Honestly, to me, it seemed pointless.
Now… here’s why you should take everything I’ve just said with a grain of salt…
I totally skimmed a good 60% of this novel because had this not been a book club read, I wouldn’t DNF’ed it at 40%. Maybe sooner.
Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars
I was so not feeling this one therefore no butterflies.
Re-read Worthiness: Nope
Bookshelf Placement: Nope
Though I do like the cover!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
I actually kind of liked Andrew, but the chemistry was lacking for me and therefore I didn’t fall quite so hard for him.