After losing everything, a young boy discovers there are still reasons for hope in this luminous, life-affirming novel, perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Ann Patchett.
In the face of tragedy, what does it take to find joy?
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his ...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 ...more
In alternating chapters ...more
I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake. (I highly recommend this ...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 ...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.
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
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. ...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 ...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 ...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 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 ...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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Edward is the only survivor when his family and other passengers board the flight 2977 and it crashes. Edward's aunt and uncle take him in and that is when Edward decides within himself what is there to live for. He does a lot of soul searching and thinking about his past and his future.
This book was wonderful. I loved how it did not only tell Edward's story but how it told stories from the other ...more
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 Eddie’s 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 ...more
An unthinkable tragedy leaves a young boy devoid of normalcy and purpose, yet over time, love, friendship and community breathe life back into him as he finds his way. Edward, along with his older brother, Jordan, and their parents are on a flight from NJ ...more
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is one of the few books that instantly captures your heart, then shatters it into hundred pieces and teaches you many life lessons at the same time.
"A reporter holds up a copy of The New York Times to a camera, to show a huge block headline, the kind normally reserved for presidential elections and moonwalks. It reads:
191 DIE IN PLANE CRASH; 1 SURVIVOR
The relatives have only one question when the press ...more
I won't bother to summarize the plot, but what struck me the most was the poise and maturity of Edward. I struggle with YA novels because reading from a teenage or early adolescent perspective just doesn't hold my interest much. (I'm not saying a worthy story is impossible to be told from this point of a view, but I wouldn't run to it first if that makes ...more
Hm, this wasn't quite what I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It sounds like it should go without saying that a book about the aftermath of a plane crash would be dark and depressing, but as of this reading, the publisher's blurb advertised a "luminous and life-affirming novel." There was much, much more that was dark and depressing than "luminous and life affirming."
Based on the title, I expected....well, more Edward. Nearly as much time is spent ...more
It begins when the Adler family boards a plane for a flight from New York to California. As they board, readers are introduced to several others who will be on the same flight and get a brief glimpse into the lives of ...more
Reading this book was a true struggle for me. In my opinion, this novel could have been so much more than it actually was and sadly, I was left unsatisfied with the whole story. I was expecting to feel all kinds of ...more
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
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: Jan. 14, 2020
After losing everything, a pre-teen boy discovers there are still reasons to continue living. This is just the sort of sappy novel that I usually do not care for. Surprisingly, I enjoyed and recommend “Dear Edward.” The unique writing style is what made the difference for me. The reader goes in knowing that twelve-year-old Edward’s older brother, his parents, and almost 200 other passengers will die ...more
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