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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  24,554 ratings  ·  3,916 reviews
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 is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2020 by Dial Press
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Lauren Mehler I don't think so. She doesn't play on the emotional heartstrings too much. I love to cry while reading a book, and was honestly a little disappointed…moreI don't think so. She doesn't play on the emotional heartstrings too much. I love to cry while reading a book, and was honestly a little disappointed that I didn't, haha. One might shed a few tears in the last chapter, but overall it's not an emotional read, despite the heavy themes.(less)
Kristine Edward was airlifted to NJ in a private plane, just over a week after the plane crash. He boarded an ambulance upon arriving in NJ and was taken…moreEdward was airlifted to NJ in a private plane, just over a week after the plane crash. He boarded an ambulance upon arriving in NJ and was taken directly to a hospital. My sense was he was still very traumatized from learning his parents and brother were dead and from his injuries. I doubt that plane ride registered much at all in his haze. (less)

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Angela M
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many of us know what it feels like to grieve the loss of loved ones, but how unimaginable to lose your whole family at twelve years old as the sole survivor of a plane crash. Who is there to understand what Edward Adler, this young boy, broken physically and emotionally, is feeling? Is there anyone to help him heal, to find his way through the trauma and horrific loss? Perhaps its his Aunt Lacey, who has not only lost her sister, but suffers her own personal losses. Or maybe her husband John, ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I got Arc copy of this book and wrote a review long time ago for NetGalley and now I realized I didnt share on Goodreads. Luckily my favorite producer assistant Casey, who always gives me hard times by making me rewrite my scenes at least 80 times and taking my middle finger emojis as daily gift sent me this book as an Olive Branch with dozen Sprinkles cupcakes . Okay, shes forgiven for now!

I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake. (I highly recommend this
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ann Napolitano's melancholic novel depicts the coming of age of Edward Adler, who at the tender age of 12 loses the life he is familiar with along with the loss of his family, his parents and his beloved older brother, Jordan, in a tragic plane crash in Colorado, in which almost 2oo others die. Edward is the only survivor, the boy who lived becomes the centre of a storm of public and national interest. A traumatised Edward with his unbearable burden of grief and sorrow goes to live in West ...more
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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 Africa to
4.5 stars
Its been a long time since I read a book where the story and the characters took hold of my heart and wouldnt let go. Anyone who has followed my reviews for any amount of time knows that I dont typically like child narrators. This is the exception. Its 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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is a 2020 Dial Press publication.

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 Edwards 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 with
Diane S ☔
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compassionate and realistic look at a young boy confronting paralyzing grief and survivor guilt. His family, moving from New York to LA, are on an airplane, when the plane crashes and Eddie, 12, is the only survivor. Taken in by his mother's sister and her husband, a couple that has suffered their own private grief, he no longer feels as if he fits in his own skin. Shay, a girl his own age, his new neighbor may be the door that allows him to find a way to move forward.

In alternating chapters
Carol advertised: "Riveting. Uplifting. Unforgettable."

Flight 2977.

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

Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much could be solved, she thinks, if we simply held hands with each other more often.

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 dont understand the pain of being the one left behind.

The story is told from the alternating timelines of
Larry H
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dear Edward is powerful, poignant, and beautiful.

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.

Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sign of a truly great story is one that makes you feel and this was the case with Dear Edward. Even with tragedy front and center, I loved this book.

Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash on his familys 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.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is an intelligently crafted and emotionally charged coming-of-age story, and that focus is what makes this novel so effective. had this only been a story about a plane crash, i wouldnt not have been so touched. its edwards journey and growth after the tradgedy that really pulls on my heartstrings.

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.
Elyse  Walters
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miracle Boy....
Its like they think Im famous.
You are famous, kinda.
Oh My!!

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.

We contain the other, hopelessly and forever.
-- 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 business
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-crime
3.5 Stars
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
How do you go on living when you lose your whole family in one fell swoop?

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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On 12th June 2013 the Adler family (Bruce, Jane and sons Jordan and Eddie) board a plane at Newark Airport bound for Los Angeles. They are a lovely family and the bond between the brothers is strong and they converse without words. By the evening all those
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 Edwards story as he learns to survive, overcome his
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

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
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dear Edward deals with the topic of how a twelve year old boy could possibly recover, not only from losing his whole family in an instant, but also from being the sole survivor out of nearly two hundred passengers and crew. Of course there is an unimaginable amount of grief, but there is also survivor guilt and a feeling that maybe you have been saved for something special.

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
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
How does one learn to live with unimaginable tragedy?

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. Edwards 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 dont
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4 enthusiastic stars!

I didnt 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
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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
Ann Napolitano probes grief and loss in this novel about the sole survivor of a plane crash. Having read the blurb and a few positive reviews, I was prepared to read a story both sad and hopeful. It is that, but it is also so much more than what I was expecting! I wasnt surprised that the story was character-driven, but I was surprised at the depths which Napolitano plumbs. She breathes life into her colorful characters and gives them mini-histories that are captivating. I cared about what was ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up
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 wasnt initially crazy about this aspect and wasnt 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
Elle Rudy
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Went into this expecting an emotional gut-punch...left somewhat underwhelmed. Im not even entirely sure what was missing for me, but I just didnt connect to the story the way I was expecting.

If youve 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. Its very sad, and I was expecting a lot of grief, but I didnt really feel much of that overall. I
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overcome with emotion is an understatement for how I felt after finishing this book!

June 12th, 2013: 7:45am Bruce Adler, his wife Jane, and their two sons Jordan (15) and Eddie (12) are waiting to board their six-hour flight from New York to Los Angeles.

2:12pm The plane crashes in rural Colorado, killing 191 of its 192 passengers and crew on impact. Eddie is the only survivor.

Overcome by the incomprehensible loss of his family, Eddie (who now only answers to Edward) struggles to adjust to
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward (Eddie), his brother Jordan and parents Bruce and Jane board flight 2977 to Los Angeles, as they are moving from New York to relocate for Janes job. A new and exciting life for all of them.

After the plane crash, Eddie discovers he is the sole survivor, 191 people including his family. His Aunt and Uncle take him in where he has to learn to live without his family and recover from his injuries.

The story goes back to the flight where we are introduced to some of the other people on the
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DEAR EDWARD is easily one of my best reads of 2020!

The story was centered around Edward Eddie Adler who was the only survivor of a plane crash where 191 lives were killed. In alternating chapters, the time prior to the crash and Eddies present life as he is living his life as the sole survivor. The story is very realistic and takes into consideration the people affected, survivors and those left behind.

The story had amazing characters that were featured during the flight from Newark to Los
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
"Everyone has some sad story. But you got famous for yours."

No one draws an additional breath longer than what God has intended. We have no control of time, place, or circumstance. But what if you're the last individual still drawing breath after a horrendous plane crash? The stillness is deafening around you, but you find the words "I'm here" as the rescue team stands in the midst of the wreakage.

The Adler family boarded that plane earlier with destination from New York to Los Angeles. They
Jane and Bruce Adler boarded the flight from New York to Los Angeles with their two sons, fifteen-year-old Jordan and twelve-year-old Eddie. There were another 183 passengers on board, plus the flight crew. The family were moving to LA after having lived in New York the whole of the childrens lives it would be a new chapter. But the plane was destined not to arrive, crashing during a storm as turbulence buffeting the plane. When the rescuers rushed to the scene, they found one twelve-year-old ...more
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Ann Napolitano's new novel, Dear Edward, was published by Dial Press in January 2020. She is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arms Reach. She is also the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College's MFA program, New York University's School of Continuing and Professional ...more

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