Saturday, December 15, 2012

J. A. Redmerski--The Edge of Never

Adult Contemporary Romance

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?

{5 stars}
I don't know if I can put the impact this book had  on me into words. It is about two people trying to find something, anything really, that will make their life mean something. Happiness, freedom, love? Learning how to live outside the box and follow a dream, no matter how small or weird. Looking forward and not back, no regrets. You read between the lines a lot, and compare it to your own life in many aspects. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up based on the synopsis, but couldn't resist it based on others reviews. One of my best friends read it first and called me crying, and scolding me for doing this to her. But she loved it all the same. So as I went into it I was leery of when the tears would fall and for what reason (I forbid my friend from telling me the end--no spoilers!) So I spent the first half of the book just being an observer to the road trip Camryn and Andrew were taking. They "jumped off the bridge" so to speak and headed off with no plan at all, learning about each other, their pasts, their dreams, taking leaps of faith and trying new things and loving every stop in the road. I would have loved to do that also, to just leave everything behind and follow happiness, wherever that might lead. But no matter how far you go, you always end up back at home. Hopefully looking forward to the next adventure with no regrets, happy memories, and new friends.

This book, if anything will make you think about your life. Are you happy? Do you have regrets? If you knew the end of the road would lead to heartache would you still go just so you had a little piece of happiness for awhile. You might just meet your "other" half. Very emotional, thought provoking story.  I won't give away any of the secrets.....but have a big box of Kleenex handy.

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