Book Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski (They Took the Road Less Travelled)

Last year I fell head over heels in love with The Edge of Never. I kept reading positive review after positive review from bloggers that I trust and had to see what all the fuss was about myself. You can read my full review of that HERE.

the edgeMy thoughts on The Edge of Never:

“No supernatural shenanigans in this one, but a book that deserves a blog post all its own”

“The banter between them is entertaining, the conversations at times made me laugh out loud, and they start to fall for each other”

“This book is told from both Camryn’s and Andrew’s perspectives, something I loved”

“This one grabbed me and took me on an emotional rollercoaster”

And I think the beautiful cover captures Camryn’s melancholy nature evident at the start of the book.

Book Review: The Edge of Always

alwaysWhat’s interesting about this book, just like the first one, is that there’s not much of a plot. Guy and girl have fallen in love and now they’re in a committed relationship. Something awful happens and they decide to go back to their roots by hitting the road for new adventures.  That’s about it. These books are simply Camryn’s and Andrew’s story of their life together. It’s a study of their relationship, and credit has to go to the author for captivating the audience by creating such vibrant characters that leap off the page and make you want to hit the road with them.

One thing that jolted me was I got to about 86% on my Kindle and the story was over. The rest of the pages were excerpts from other books of the writer, just a warning to readers who buy the ebook version.

The Edge of Always like The Edge of Never got me thinking about my own life and how I work the typical 9 to 5 job and often dream of escaping and travelling the world. Andrew and Camryn are determined to take the unconventional path. I really admire people like that.

Time moves a lot faster in this book. Years pass and they’re still doing what they love. While it was great to see how they live when they’re older, it was also quite sad as it’s doubtful there’ll be a third book. I think their adventures in Europe would have made for a terrific novel. 

I didn’t love The Edge of Always as much as The Edge of Never and I think that’s down to the fact there was a lot of telling rather than showing. Over a number of pages the reader is told of Camryn’s and Andrew’s travels to foreign countries, that they mingled with the locals, they stayed in hostels and cheap but safe accommodation, that they didn’t do the normal touristy things that cost a lot, but we’re not shown any of it: the setting, the people they met, the emotions they felt at each stop. Because of that, I can’t say it lived up to the first book, but I can admit The Edge of Always made me imagine what it would be like to quit the day job and normal life and take the road less travelled. ****

Find The Edge of Never on Goodreads and Amazon.

Find The Edge of Always on Goodreads and Amazon.

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For anyone who has read both books, which did you prefer? Have you heard of The Edge of Never?

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski (They Took the Road Less Travelled)

      1. Awwwww, thanks. I’ll be back to blogging next week. And writing too. A last bit of editing, and eventually releasing my ignored novel end of summer, begining of autumn. But back to blogging sometime next week. Wheeeeeeeeee…

      2. Yay, looking forward to reading your stuff. Good luck with the book release, about time we saw those characters out in the world. 😉

    1. If you get any break in your TBR list this year, Mae, I’d heartily recommend the first book. The Edge of Never stayed with me long after I finished it. I’ve been waiting to hear about a movie adaptation ever since – it was that good.

  1. Like you, I loved the first one. Actually, you left a comment on my review when I was done with it. I also love both covers, however, I’m not sure if I want to read the second one. Guess it’s one of those things… I’ll see when I get there! 🙂

    1. You were one of those bloggers I trusted, Sandra. 🙂 The Edge of Never worked well as a standalone. People loved it! I think it was kind of inevitable that the follow up wouldn’t be as well received.

  2. I have heard a lot about these books but haven’t read any of her work. I know what you mean about telling instead of showing. It doesn’t draw you in and get you involved.

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