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

June 13, 2013 Book review 0 ★★★★

This book is NA marmite. You will either love it or hate it. I was in camp love-it. If you hate NA, avoid like the plague, you have been warned!

Title : The Edge of Never
Author : J. A. Redmerski
Genre : New Adult
My Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
Source : Bought on Amazon

My Recap
Camryn who is 20 years old is in a bad place in her life. She has been used, let down and abandoned by various family and friends and is also grieving the death of her first boyfriend. Her life is in a rut, going nowhere and she is afraid of spending the next 40 years achieving nothing, doing the mundane. So in a moment of recklessness, she packs a bag and jumps on a long distance bus journey. Enter Andrew and cue up fireworks!

My thoughts
I loved Camryn, she is sassy, witty, strong but at the sametime insecure. She knows what she wants but is afraid to go for it or even voice it. Andrew is sarcastic, confident, big hearted, funny and together they are explosive. They both have annoying characteristics too, they are far from perfect. However both also have interesting character development and I feel like I know what makes them tick from reading the whole book. Even the things that might normally annoy me have an explanation.

The Edge of Never was an emotional rollercoaster that had my stomach in knots, adrenaline pumping around my body, dreading those down ramps that are never far away in NA-land. The highs had me soaring, enjoying watching their love affair blossom and had me blushing too. This book is graphic so not for the faint hearted or the shy. But after the highs, came the crashing lows. I hit the ground hard, there were tears involved and ugly sniffling.

The book is told from a dual perspective which worked perfectly. If I only had one side of view, this book would not have had the same emotional impact on me. The pacing worked too, we had a slow build up – from instant chemistry, to a friendship and then a relationship which felt believable. The Edge of Never is big on little details like what food they buy, I love these little details in a book, don’t know why I just do! Especially on a road trip, half the fun of a road trip is the snacks and I want full disclosure.

And one of my favourite parts of the book was the music references. I had to stop reading a few times to listen to a song on YouTube. Which was no harm at all as I needed mini breaks as it’s so intense. But I couldn’t stay away for long and was back in the middle of the action (and there was lots of action!) before too long.

Who should read this?
Highly recommended to all New Adult fans. Due to the explicit nature, I would rate this as over 18s

four-stars

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