I am conflicted.
I am a tad disappointed.
I thought I would love Dear Edward. I wanted to love it.
But I just didn't. And I think I know why -- but more on that in a minute.
Based on true events, Dear Edward is the coming-of-age story of (you guessed it!) Edward, a twelve-year-old boy who loses his entire family when their plane to California plummets to the ground. Edward is the sole survivor of the crash, while the lives of his fathe ...more
This is my first 5 star read of 2020 and it is a great one! So many of my Goodreads friends were raving about this book and now I can see why.
The blurb tells a lot of the outline of this story. A plane en route from Newark to Los Angeles crashes, killing everyone on board except for 12 year old Edward Adler. I have found from doing some research that the author based this story on a real plane crash which occurred in 2010, it was traveling from South Afr ...more
I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake. (I highly recommend this ...more
It’s been a long time since I read a book where the story and the characters took hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go. Anyone who has followed my reviews for any amount of time knows that I don’t typically like child narrators. This is the exception. It’s a stunning piece of storytelling. I love a story that delves into psychological issues, and how one heals from unbearable tragedy is the ultimate psychological challenge. I had the pleasure of buddy reading this with my good friend Ma ...more
A sad, uncomfortable, and heartrending journey- but ultimately a story of hope and inspiration!
Twelve- year old, Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash, which took the lives of 191 people, including Edward’s parents and older brother. Now living with his aunt and uncle, Edward is faced with the daunting task of recovering physically, mentally and emotionally. This story follows Edward's coming of age journey, as he copes wit ...more
Yes I realize I am going to be the unpopular opinion. I couldn't wait to chose this for my BOTM. I did worry that the material would be a bit too emotional for me and that I would be ugly crying all over the book....but I didn't. I am not sure why but it didn't elicit that strong of an emotion from me. OMG am I heartless??
Edward does the impossible. He survives a plane crash that claims the life of all the other passengers...all 191 one of them. His entire world is onboard that plan ...more
In alternating chapters w ...more
Did you know...."Clouds usually float at 2,000 to 15,000 feet. Planes fly at 30,000 to 40,000. Outer space begins at 300,000."
I didn't know that exactly and don't know what it is about disaster novels (and movies) that entices me so, but in DEAR EDWARD, Eddie Adler himself, how his life evolves, and the stories of the other doomed passengers made for an addictive, fast read.
Eddie is only 12, his brother Jordan 15 when his...more
One summer morning nearly 200 people board a plane in Newark bound for Los Angeles. Some are headed to Los Angeles to start a new chapter in their lives, like 12-year-old Edward Adler, who is moving with his parents and older brother so his mother can take a screenwriting job. Others are traveling for business, pleasure, or obligation.
Somewhere over Colorado, the plane crashes, killing 186 of the 187 passengers onboard. Only Edward survives.
12 year old Eddie Adler boards flight 2977 from Newark to Los Angeles with his parents, and his older brother Jordan.
191 souls will perish with Eddie being the sole survivor of the crash.
The whole country is captivated with Eddie (now referred to as Edward) and his story. They think he is LUCKY.
They don’t understand the pain of being the one “left behind”.
The story is told from the alternating timeline ...more
im already a sucker for coming-of-age stories, but one so deeply rooted in loss and heartbreak is really moving. i hurt from edwards struggles, found joy in his successes, and loved when he did. m ...more
“It’s like they think I’m famous”.
“You are famous, kinda”.
This story broke my heart and left me in tears.
One of the things I thought about was the ways we hide from the world when we need others most - and how love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back out.
If you’ve read any blurb or review about Dear Edward so far, you probably are aware of the premise. A boy survives a plane crash that kills everyone else on board, then deals with the effects after the fact. It’s very sad, and I was expecting a lot of grief, but I didn’t really feel much of that overall. I ...more
Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash on his family’s flight from New York to California, where they were planning to live. The plane went down unexpectedly in Colorado and more than 180 people died. He is only 12 years old and returns to the east coast to life with his Aunt Lacey and Uncle John, who are suffering their own losses. E ...more
An insightful and thought provoking novel with a unique premise. I was so pleased I didn't have to read horrific or gory details of the crash and have to applaud the author for her handling of the story.
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran r ...more
-- James Baldwin
An examination of the sorrow that follows losing loved ones, as well as the suffering that follows any harrowing ordeal, this centers primarily on twelve-year-old Edward Adler who is the sole survivor of a plane crash.
During the early part of the flight we learn bits and pieces about some of the 183 passengers. One young woman has just found out she is pregnant, while another woman is leaving behind a husband, an elderly busi ...more
What a wonderful book this is! I just came off a DNF read so this novel was especially welcome. Ann Napolitano is a new author for me, but she is definitely on my radar now.
It is not a spoiler to say 12-year-old Edward is the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash killing nearly 200 people on board, including his family. The book goes back in forth in time between the thoughts and actions of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated flight hours to minutes before the end an ...more
on board are dead except for Eddie, the sole survivor, the miracle boy. This beautifully written story is told in alternate storylines detailing the flight itself (the crash is chilling) and Edward’s story as he learns to survive, overcome his ...more
For 12 year old Edward, losing his parents and older brother in a plane crash where 191 people died and he was the sole survivor, this is a tragedy so enormous that he doesn't know how to handle the grief. His childless Aunt and Uncle who he barely knows take him in and he finds comfort in the companionship of Shay, the 12 year old girl next door, but the loss of his parents and older brother leaves a gaping hole he can n ...more
This book has several elements that usually draw me in; a boy on the precipice of becoming a teenager, tragic circumstances that test the meddle of a human being, and triumph over adversity, to name a few.
Eddie Adler is just twelve years old when he and his parents and his older brother Jordan board an airplane from New York to Los Angeles. The plane ultimately crashed in Colorado before its destination, killing all its passengers except for one: Eddie. The book is told ...more
This novel tracks what happens to a young man who is the sole survivor when a plane crashes in Colorado. What caught me off guard is that we are given glimpses into the lives of the other passengers on board. I wasn’t initially crazy about this aspect and wasn’t sure where it was going. As the book goes on, it becomes apparent why you have learned about them, as their loved ones interact with Edward or the brief encounters they had with Edward shape him.
Napolitano does a gr ...more
A heart-wrenching, tragic story that left me feeling hopeful.
Twelve-year-old Edward is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed 191 people including his parents and brother. Adopted by his aunt and uncle, Edward adjusts to life after the tragedy.
The novel switches between two timelines — the hours before the plane crash and Edwards life after the crash. I enjoyed the changing timeframes but felt a much deeper investment in the “before” chapters where we explore Edwards family dy ...more
I didn’t expect to like Dear Edward as much as I did, but Ann Napolitano took an odd premise and built some great characters and a compelling story around it. Twelve year old Edward is the only survivor of a plane crash. He was on a flight from New York to Los Angeles with his parents and brother. After the crash, Edward goes to live in a small town with his childless aunt and uncle. The story alternates between chapters from the few hours on the plane leading to the crash a ...more
Edward deals with all this in his own way but helped by a number of very caring adults. The author does a good job of writi ...more
“And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again” (Bee Gees)
Tragedy and death has confronted all of us. There has been loss in our lives be it a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, family, or friends. It touches everyone, but perhaps never as much as it touches a person who ...more
This is a moving and thoughtful book about the endurance of the human spirit and our ability to adapt as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
The writing was impeccable and the dual narrative strands were an intriguing and haunting way to structure this book. Edward’s healing journey and his survivor guilt contrasted with the hours leading up to the crash, not in a voyeuristic way, more in the details of the ordinary, all of the moments we don ...more
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