WOW! What an unexpected journey and an amazing read!!
After receiving about a million messages telling me that that I absolutely HAD to read this next, I started reading it late last night and ended up staying up ALL night riveted to the page until I finished it around 5am!
This book tells a beautiful story about friendship and love, of living in the moment, living life to the fullest, being true to yourself and not being afraid to reach for your dreams.
“What compels any of us to do the things we do when deep down a part of us just wants to break free from it all?”
Cam is tired of the monotony of her life. She wants more but just isn’t sure exactly what is missing and is open to possibilities. When her old life falls apart, she decides to get a change of pace and hops on a Greyhound bus with nothing but essential necessities ready to see where life will take her.
This is where she meets Andrew. He’s so similar to her and yet so completely different. Intriguing. And they decide to join up and go on a road trip together. But he’s got a secret and as they bond over the course of their journey, and fall in love, it has the potential to either tear them apart or cement them together.
“I think when you fall in love, like true love, its love for life. All the rest is just experiences and delusions.”
I know a some people have said that the beginning of this book was a little slow, and I’ll admit that it wasn’t a fast-paced thrill ride or anything, but personally, I really liked that part. Maybe it was because I knew something ‘exciting’ was coming, but I liked how the story took its time to familiarize you with the characters. It was a quiet build up and honestly, I enjoyed its pacing.
The book wrapped me up in Cam’s adventure. I found her journey liberating even just as a reader.
And when Andrew came onto the scene, I fell in love. Guys, he has a crooked smile, dimples, tattoos and is pretty badass in a fight. Oh, and he calls her ‘babe’. Be still my heart!! <3
I enjoyed watching Cam and Andrew slowly building their friendship, establishing trust, getting comfortable with each other and bonding despite being complete strangers.
“The heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets in the way.”
The book is told in alternate POVs but it starts out primarily from Cam’s POV. And it isn’t until 16% that we get Andrew’s. I really liked this because by that time, I felt very connected to Cam and was totally ready to get in Andrew’s head. And as the book went on, the POVs got progressively more entwined and the switch happened progressively more frequently mirroring their growing bond.
I was originally planning on only reading half of it last night and saving the rest for the morning, but when I got to the 49% mark, HOLY HELL!!!!! The book just took this AMAZING turn. I mean, I was enjoying it before but then it was just WOW WOW WOWWWW!!! It didn’t matter that it was 2:30AM, suddenly I was WIDE awake and RIVETED to the page!!
The questions came flooding in. I started forming dozens of theories. I needed to know more. To get answers. To figure Andrew out!
“I don’t know how I got myself into this, but I do know that as much as my conscience is ripping into my fucking ears, telling me to leave her alone, I can’t. I don’t want to.
We’ve already gone too far.” ~Andrew
I was squirming, fanning myself, blushing, flipping pages like crazy!!
There was this intensity to them. It was quiet at first but it just didn’t stop building.
It was like this perfect puzzle with a key piece missing. Something just wasn’t quite right but you didn’t know quite what it was.
And the confession scene was just phenomenally written. I was right there in the moment with them. Totally wrapped up in their story.
I did have my suspicions about the big secret but when everything finally clued in for me at 90%, my heart. just. DROPPED.
By 92%, all my suspicions had all been confirmed and I was FREAKING out!
The ending was just amazing, incredible, perfect. WOW. Totally beautiful!
I don’t want to give it away, but just take heart, there IS an epilogue! 🙂
“…dwelling and planning is bullshit,” he says. “You dwell on the past, you can’t move forward. Spend too much time planning for the future and you just push yourself backwards, or you say stagnant in the same place all your life.” His eyes lock on mine. “Live in the moment.”
This book really drives home the message of how important it is to live in the moment, to follow your heart and not waste a precious second of your life.
“I wanted to say thank you.”
“For what?” …
“… for making me feel alive.”…
“Well, everybody needs help feeling alive again every once in a while.”
“No,” she says seriously… “I didn’t say again, Andrew; for making me feel alive for the first time.”
And can I just say that I absolutely LOVE the “New Adult” genre. It truly rides the line between a bit of the YA emotional ‘feelings’ and just enough Adult heat to keep things spicy.
I totally loved this and would highly recommend adding it to your TBRs!
Here are some of the songs from their road trip in case you want to have them lined up to listen to:
Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
Dust In The Wind – Kansas
Feel Like Makin’ Love – Bad Company
Ready For Love – Bad Company
Poison % Wine – The Civil Wars
Barton Hallows – The Civil Wars
Hotel California – The Eagles
The Reaper – Steve Walsh
Laugh, I Nearly Died – Rolling Stones
CASTING ( Except for the two images of Nicholas Lemons here as Andrew that are my own casting, the rest of the pictures were taken from the author’s Pinterest Page for The Edge of Never)
- Andrew –> Click here and here
- Cam –> Click here
- Andrew and Cam –> Click here and here and here
** SERIES READING ORDER **
#1 THE EDGE OF NEVER — Kindle | Paperback
#2 THE EDGE OF ALWAYS — Kindle | Paperback
I wished i could have given it more than 5 stars. I am still realing from the story and it has been days since I finished.
Its one of those one you wont forget 🙂
*gasps* your review makes me feel like reading the book now. I have got a copy of this book but I need to study for my final tomorrow.. *cries* what should I do???
eeeep!! That’s tough Fifi! At least you’ll know you have an awesome book to read after your final 🙂
Good luck on it!
Just finished this and was bawling like a grieving widow.. then I thought to myself Aestas doesn’t read anything that doesn’t have a happy ending!! Great book.
teeheehee so true! I’ve only read one book that didn’t have one that I rated highly 😛
I agree completely – great book!
Michelle Bushnell says
Just finished this book. One of my favorites for sure! I, too, was crying so hard, totally gut wrenching. It helped knowing from your review that there was an epilogue, and that you are like me and only want to read HE’s! This one will stick with me a while!
I agree! It’s definitely the kind of story that sticks with you! I’m so glad everyone is loving it 🙂
Lee Clements says
Just finished this Aesta and it is one of my favourite books. It will stay with me for a long time. I wish there was more of the story :0
My now #1 favorite book and will stay there. This was just so wonderful. Had me laughing out loud, had me crying, had me wanting to pack my bags and live life to it’s fullest potential. Loved Andrew (still love Andrew-has everything I want in a guy down to his green eyes and dimples), loved Camryn (she was full of life and fun and strong). Just absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read again and again.
I loved your review!
And I agree, it was very liberating. And to be honest, I felt like I was with the journey with them 🙂
I don’t do reviews but I think it’s such a sin if I cannot express how much this book meant to me 🙂
Hope you can check my loooooong one:
Firstly, I just want to say how much I love reading your reviews discovered your site a few weeks. After seeing this book a few times on sites I finally bought it after reading your review.
Secondly, this book!!! OMG!!! WOW, I can honestly say I think it’s left me changed, i couldn’t out it down, I got so emotional, was laughing, crying, shaking with happiness & pain. A full on road trip!! One of my faves too!!
Now I am off to read another book from your review list =)
Hi Jasmine! Thank you!! I agree – this is the kind of book that changes you and stays with you <3
Loved, loved, loved! Wow..was I crying my eyes out last nite!!! Love your review list!! We are definitely on the same page!
Hi tinahill 🙂 Thank you so much!! I hope you find a whole lot more books you’ll love here! Happy reading 🙂
OMG…..this book was amazing and I loved it….I felt myself as though I was Cam and Andrew took my breath away….I cried I laughed and I fantasized!!!!
I LOVE BOTH BOOKS!!! I didnt see the ending coming with with Edge of Never. Great Twist. I Loved how they dealt with in the Edge of Always. and I Love the ending.
It’s been a few years since I’ve read this story. I have to admit I still think about it. I will be reading it again soon as well as the next in the series. I absolutely loved this book. It made me feel a wide spectrum of emotions.