I finally read The Edge of Never, the book that sat in the first place slot on my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf for five long years! This book comes with high praise from numerous friends, and now I’m happy to say, “I get it!” This book is fantastic and had the Indie-feel I fell in love with in the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover. I can see why this book is so many people’s favorite because it was obviously a pioneer in the genre. I think if I had read this years ago, it would have, without doubt, been a five-star read. Since many authors have recreated stories with similar themes, it didn’t have the freshness that it must have had for other readers. Being more of an experienced reader than I was when this was published makes me see a bit of the unpolished finish on the story. There were a few side tangents that didn’t seem necessary to the story, a few typos, and things of that nature.
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?
However, I relished in the road trip aspect of this story and in a muscle car to boot. Swoon. I grew up with a love of muscle cars and Classic Rock, so it was easy to imagine what Andrew and Camryn’s road trip might have been like. But, the cost of gas was always a huge question in my mind – old cars are gas guzzlers. 😉 I related to the characters’ desire for more from life than the mundane 40-hour workweek and society’s standards for a successful life. This was a novel that I definitely felt on the soul level, in that regard. I was always eager to see where the characters would go next and what they might experience in each place. This created enough mystery to keep me turning to pages as fast as possible. I was surprised it was such a quick read for being nearly 500 pages!
The ending of this book was one that had me counting the pages until the end, mind-boggled about how things could possibly be resolved in such a short time. I was shocked by the way the story was playing out and the fact that no one had told me how it was going to end. I was not prepared for the conclusion in the least but still enjoyed it all the same. I understand the hype and I’m glad to finally have this checked off my list.
Rating: 4 stars
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Glad you enjoyed it! It’s a favorite of mine from way back.
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