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Inspired by a true story of one child’s incredible survival--riveting, uplifting, unforgettable.

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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2020 by Dial Press
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Judy It is an amazing story for a middle grade or young adult section but my hesitation would be the occasional inappropriate language (the F word) for a…moreIt is an amazing story for a middle grade or young adult section but my hesitation would be the occasional inappropriate language (the F word) for a library. The story itself would serve for great thought-provoking conversations.(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 it’s his Aunt Lacey, who has not only lost her sister, but suffers her own personal losses. Or maybe her husband John, ...more
Paromjit
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
JanB
4.5 stars
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
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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
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Jayme
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 don’t understand the pain of being the one “left behind”.

The story is told from the alternating
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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.

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Elyse  Walters
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Miracle Boy”....
“It’s like they think I’m 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.



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 didn’t 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, she’s forgiven for now!


I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake. (I highly recommend this
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Carol
Yep....as 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

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Brandice
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 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.
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Cheri
”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
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Carolyn
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
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Marialyce
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
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Esil
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 enthusiastic stars!

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
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Ceecee
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 Edward’s story as he learns to survive, overcome his
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
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
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Liz
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 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
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Amanda
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 Jane’s 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
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NZLisaM
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
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Mandi1082
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgally and Random House for providing an ARC of this book for an honest review.

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
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Nursebookie
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 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
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Jennifer Blankfein
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reconnecting with life after loss can be a struggle and Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward, uplifting and hopeful, is a story of a young boy’s journey to overcome challenges, pick up the pieces and begins to dream again following a deadly plane crash.

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
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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
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Michelle
What a powerful story of grief, love and healing. I thought this book was perfectly tuned and left this reader with a lot to think about.

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
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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
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Betsy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Not exactly what I expected

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
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Tami
I just finished one of the best books that is coming out in January 2020! From reading the synopsis, one might think that this book may require a box of tissues nearby. Yes, it is sad at times, but the author writes the story in such a way that readers aren’t bogged down in despair.

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
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Aga Durka
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Dear Edward is a heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old boy whose life is turned upside down after he loses his family in the plane crash. Edward is a lone survivor of the crash, and the reader gets to follow Edward’s story during his physical and mental recuperation from the accident.

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
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Elle Rudy
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Went into this expecting an emotional gut-punch...left somewhat underwhelmed. I’m not even entirely sure what was missing for me, but I just didn’t connect to the story the way I was expecting.

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
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Martie Nees Record
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martie's Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
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
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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 Arm’s 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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“My wife is pregnant, and her physician told her that physiologically and medically speaking, there are three different kinds of humans: men, women, and pregnant women. I think the same idea applies to you, Edward. There are grown-ups, children, and then you. You don’t feel like a kid anymore, right?” Edward nods. “But you won’t be an adult for years. You’re something else, and we need to figure out what you are, so we can figure out how to help you.” 0 likes
“Why is it,” an old news anchor growls, “that out of all the terrible news in this terrible world, we care so much about this one downed plane and this one little boy?” 0 likes
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