Almost every person at some point in their life had felt the need to break free from everyday routine, and craved to escape and live in the moment. This adventurous story strayed away from overused plotlines. It may be yet another story about roadtrips, but Redmerski did a well job of showing that there are roadblocks. The Edge of Never broadened the stigma of roadtrip stereotype. There was great dialogue, a careful pace, thoughtful editing, easy flow between the duel POVs, and the plot was never lost which makes for a likable story. The story is told in dual alternating POVs between Camryn and Andrew. Having dual alternating POVs between multiple characters can be troubling to follow at times, but Redmerski wrote them in a way where it was easy to jump from one mind to another. All the while, whomevers mind we jump to, the characters briefly rehash their thought about something that happened in the previous chapter when we were in the other characters mind.
The story maintained an inspirational vibe in life, adventure, loss and love. There is so much we take for granted and not even realize it. Discover new things, take chances, try new experiences, take nothing for granted and live with no regrets. Fate has a knack for timing and playtime, whether you believe in it or not. The romance in the story isn’t like a typical cheesy love story. Like I said, it breaks from the sterotype and avoids the stigma. What sets it apart is that since the characters share a crass and dry sense of humor, they can’t help but express it in terms of their dynamic and relationship. The points that are made on the concept of love and it’s involvement with young adults made for some valid reasoning. For instance, Camryn made a point where adults think that teenagers/young adults don’t know anything about love because of their age, presented a valid argument on whether love can be assessed by age — as the law is to the legal age for drinking — or not is something that every young adult can relate to. When I found out that this is about a roadtrip, I decided to pick myself up a copy. And since I read for escape and adventure, The Edge Of Never was a perfect choice to do so vicariously.
I guess my reasons for liking it so much is because of my own biased preferences. I can relate to it all the way down to the characters sense of humor and banter. I’m a sucker for green eyes and dark hair. So love interest, Andrew Parrish, was my undoing. I found myself relating to the story in a way because of my love for road trips and escapades. As the main characters were on the road in their adventure, I was crossing my fingers that they would stop in New Orleans, and when they did I couldn’t stop myself from entering borderline fangirl mode. And they didn’t just pass through, they stayed for a few weeks, so we got to see how it’s like there. And yes, they’ve spent some time on the iconic Bourbon street. After doing much research since I, myself, have never been, a lot of the setting was accurate. Another thing I like was the characters banter, it was witty, crass, sarcastic, foul, dirty, funny, inspirational, and heartfelt. That Walmart scene was very comical. That was by far my favorite. My friends and I do that all the time. I guess I relate to Andrew in that way. Camryn and Andrew’s love for music drew me in, too. Especially when it came to The Civil Wars. All I could think about is how fitting it would be to have Everlong by Foo Fighters be their roadtrip anthem. Also the story of Eurydice and Orpheus that the two main characters shared together was touching because it means so much to them. The characters shared a backstory of Orpheus that was not taught in English/Literary class, so it was nice learning something new. It makes you wonder if a man really can find his Eurydice on the road. Fate has a mind of it’s own and will decide when it’s time to play. Andrew and Camryn need a canon name because I ship them so hard (pun included).
The last couple chapters had me bawling to no end. I’ve had a fair share of shed tears over a book — John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars for example — and The Edge Of Never is the new addition. It really pulled at my heart strings, but I can assure that there is a happy ending.