Today we’re discussing chapters 10-16 from The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
So much happens in these chapters…
On their way to Wyoming, Andrew shows Camryn his tattoos, but there’s one he doesn’t feel like showing and he says it’s of Eurydice. What did you think of this?
Elena: First off, is it wrong that Andrew’s tattoos turn me on? 😉 Really, everything about Andrew does this to me…Okay, back to the question. Well, I love Andrew’s tattoos, which is kind of weird, since I’m not into the whole tattooed guy kind of stuff. But Andrew’s ones are different. It seems each one was done with a purpose. The Eurydice tattoo really intrigued me from the first time he mentioned it. I knew the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, but I couldn’t understand why Andrew decided to tattoo Eurydice on him, since her story was a sad one. Obviously, there’s more to it…
Tamie: It is absolutely not wrong, Elena. I felt the same way…totes turned on, and also wanting to know the story behind the one with Eurydice. That had me all kinds of curious. As for tattoo’s in general…I’m not necessarily a huge fan of tons of tattoo’s, but there are some guys that wear them really well…if you know what I mean…Andrew is one of those guys for me.
Once in Wyoming, Andrew and Cam have to part ways. What were your thoughts when they said goodbye?
Tamie: I was completely dreading this because I was already invested in them as a couple. I knew they both felt more for each other than just a sexual attraction, and that alone was reason enough why I didn’t want them to part. There’s just something about this couple that is very deep even tho they don’t know each other well.
Elena: I was like “NO! They can’t part ways!” I wanted for Cam to decide and follow him to his destination. I wanted them together.
At the bus station, Cam is almost attacked and Andrew reappears out of the blue to save her. What was your reaction when you read that scene? Did you expect something like that would happen?
Elena: I didn’t expect that at all. Or better, I expected something would have happened with that creepy man who kept checking her out on the bus, but I didn’t expect Andrew to reappear. I didn’t understand how he was able to get there in time, but needless to say I was so relieved, first because he was the one to save Cam, and second, because he was back into the story 😉
Tamie: Total shock for me, but thank heavens Andrew came back when he did. See…he had a sixth sense involving Cam and it was accurate. I’m telling you…these two have a connection that runs deep.
Andrew takes Camryn with him to see his dad at the hospital. Discuss…
Tamie: Whoa! I wasn’t sure how to react, but I was so glad that Cam went with him. Not only did she get the chance to see Andrew with his dad, but she also met his brothers. Not sure what i think about Aidan but I may be biased because of how Andrew reacts. Asher is awesome immediately.
Elena: That was a poignant scene, a scene that I really loved. I think it’s very telling that Andrew decided to take Cam to the hospital with him. He already feels very close to her and he can trust her, despite the fact that he met her a couple of days before.
Andrew’s dad doesn’t want him to cry when he dies, and Andrew doesn’t feel like staying there watch him die. What do you think of Andrew’s dad reasons and also of Andrew’s decision?
Elena: This is a tough one, because again, people cope differently with pain. And that’s the truth. Sometimes people do things we don’t understand, but it works for them, and vice versa. My grandfather used to say that every person is a universe, and it’s true. Now, I understand where Andrew’s dad is coming from – he doesn’t want his son to suffer, but I think he’s doing more damage on Andrew that way. Andrew needs to cry. When we cry, we let all our grief out. It’s liberating, and healthy. Holding back tears for a long time, isn’t good. It destroys us inside in the long run. I understand Andrew’s decision. He knows he won’t be able not to cry, and staying there, makes him suffer even more than he already does. Is it right? Is it wrong? I don’t feel like there’s a right answer to that.
Tamie: I agree 100% I’ve never understood the concept that men shouldn’t cry when something horrible and hurtful happens. Human is human be it man or woman and to always feel that you can’t show certain emotions because it’s not manly to do so has always seemed really rather stupid to me.
Andrew and Cam start their road trip. Discuss…
Tamie: Holy crap! I think I was just as excited as they were. I can’t wait to see where their journey takes them, and now they can really get to know each other on so many levels.
Elena: When they hopped Andrew’s car, I was so excited. I felt like I was there with them. I couldn’t wait to see where this experience was going to bring them to…
Something changes in the dynamic between Andrew and Cam, and Cam starts getting less OCD- like. Thoughts?
Elena: A clear clue that they’re affecting each other in more ways than one. And they don’t even know it yet.
Tamie: There’s something about Andrew that is able to free Cam from some of her expectations, and I like that. I think they’re good for each other.
At the end of chapter 16, there’s a beautiful rain scene…Do you think this was a turning point in Andrew and Cam’s relationship? Why or why not?
Elena: Yes, I definitely do. This was a first for both of them – Camryn let herself go for the first time, and Andrew lived this kind of experience with someone he really cared about for the first time. They bonded even more at that moment.
Tamie: SOOOOOOOO beautiful…the scene itself, the way it was written. I do think it was a turning point, and I loved it.
Your favorite sentence:
Tamie and Elena: “I watch her so much that I forget it’s raining at all.”
Your favorite paragraph:
Elena: “What I had been thinking about when I looked at him was that I realized I haven’t smiled or laughed this much since before Ian died. Not even Natalie could get a genuine elated emotion out of me and she tried really hard. She went out of her way to help snap me out of my depression, but nothing she ever did came close to what Andrew has managed to do in such a short time and without even trying.”
Your favorite scene:
Elena and Tamie: The rain scene.