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Dear Edward

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  332 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: 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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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
”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
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
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
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:


The relatives have only one question when the press
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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
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
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
Alan Cotterell
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, arc
Firstly I must thank NetGalley, for the free ARC in return for an honest review.

This book has been very thought fully plotted and extremely well written. I loved the way the two timelines are entwined. It is interesting the way the lives of the other passengers are depicted, by some very emotive writing I found myself hoping that somehow more would survive, even though you know what has happened!

The current timeline follows Edward and his emotional growth through the next few years and the
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
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars!

Dear Edward is a book unlike any I've read before - a young boy is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his parents, his brother and hundreds of other strangers. Becoming the public face of a miracle, Edward is thrust into the spotlight, something he does not want and us readers get to view how his life is changed as a result of the crash. Told in alternating chapters from the actual plane from various passengers as well as after the crash solely from Edward's perspective,
Maggie Gust
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
6/25/2019 – Dear Edward – Net Galley – Ann Napolitano – The Dial Press/Random House – 2020

5 stars. I loved this book. It did take me a couple of chapters to “get into” it, though. Once I did, I did not want to put it down and finished it in two sittings with just a brief intermission!

Edward is a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of an horrific airliner crash in which 191 people lose their lives. Among those 191 are Edward’s parents and his 15-year-old brother Jordan. The boys were home
Aga Durka
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano from NetGalley for my honest review.

A beautifully written yet desperately sad story of loss and finding the power to heal and survive the unimaginable.

This book is the story of a 12 year old boy, Eddie Adler. He is the sole survivor of the crash of Flight 2977. Eddie has lost his entire family in the plane crash, and is placed in the care of his Aunt and Uncle. Eddie, who was once home schooled has to now learn to communicate and get
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
After a horrific airline crash, twelve-year-old Eddie discovers he alone is the only survivor. After losing his family, he is permanently placed in the care of his aunt and uncle where he begins to mend his heart, body and soul. This story reminds us of how we are all tethered; some by chance or even indirectly. How the actions of one can have a profound impact on another. Dear Edward is a beautifully written and utterly moving novel. For those who enjoy Chloe Benjamin or Hannah Tinti.
Sherri Thacker
Edward is a 12 year old boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash with 191 people. It goes back and forth from the crash to before the crash, then after the crash and how he lives his new life with his aunt and uncle. Parts of it I admit to skimming pages during the back stories of the ones who died because i was losing interest but i loved the current story of Edward and Shay. It took me awhile to connect with the characters in this book but in the end I did enjoy the book. I think this ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
"Dear Edward" follows the story of a plane crash with just a single survivor, 12 year old Eddie who after the flight chooses to be called Edward. The story unfolds over two time periods; the events that occurred on the flight and the storylines of its passengers, and then following Edward as he comes to terms with what his survival truly means to him and to the world at large.

I really wanted to love this book and had thought that I would find it deeply moving but sadly I found the writing to be
12-year-old Edward Adler was the Lone Survivor of Flight 2977 to Los Angeles where 215 people lost their lives. He was travelling on the plane from New York to Los Angeles where it is to be his new home. His mother a writer was starting a new job and Edward and his family was moving there.
The story continues with Edward moving in with his Aunt and Uncle that he barely knows with no children of their own, it’s a new experience for them, as it is to himself. He must learn to bear the guilt he
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trauma, netgalley
Thank you, Netgalley and Random House for sending me a digital ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

I REALLY wanted to like "Dear Edward" by Ann Napolitano, but everything was just so dull and pointless. Even though the writing was decent, I had a difficult time keeping track of all the different narratives. There were too many characters. I was only interested in hearing about Edward's story, but the narrative kept switching back too many times and I became bored (I get bored very easily). I
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
12 year old Eddie is on a flight with his family as they move across the country. The plane crashes in a field in Colorado, killing 191 people and leaving Eddie as the sole survivor.

Eddie is now Edward, living with his aunt and uncle, attempting to heal physically from his wounds, and attempting to come to grips with this new life and the grief over losing his family. The grief and survivors guilt that threatens to drown him.

𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐄𝐝𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 is powerful, moving, and absolutely unputdownable. The
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Neapolitano has written a remarkable, lovely, and totally original novel about a child who becomes a “miracle” when he alone survives a plane crash. Eddie is forced to build an entirely new life when his family is destroyed in an air crash. He is fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible amount of support from his mother’s sister, her husband and the remarkable young girl who lives next door.

Eddie’s rehabilitation, both physical and mental, is portrayed with sensitivity. I was never bored for
Exquisitely written, this book takes your breath away, breaks your heart and offers hope. The book tells the story of the sole survivor of the crash of Flight 2977, 12 year old Eddie/Edward Adler. In alternating chapters we are with Eddie and his family on the doomed flight and with him after the crash. It is a story of profound losses, survivor guilt and the slow process of healing and continuing to live, even thrive. Beautifully told Edward's story will stay with you long after you close the ...more
Chelsea Hofmann
Fantastic writing of a great story! Thank you so much to Random House and Netgalley for allowing me to reach such a phenomenal book!

The premise was so interesting- 191 people on a plane that ends up crashing, leaving 10-year old Edward as the lone survivor. Much like the show “Manifest”, the fact that Edward survived leads the public to believe that he has special gifts or is saved by God.

The chapters switch to before and after the crash, and you learn about the passengers and their stories,
Kayleigh Kehoe ♡
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, fiction
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"The most common qualification is the fact that it is statistically more dangerous to travel in a car than in an airplane. In absolute numbers, there are more than five million car accidents compared to twenty aeronautic accidents per year, so, in fact, flying is safer. People are also helped by etiquette; because commercial air travel is public, a kind of group confidence comes into play. People take comfort in each other's
Robyn Schaub
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a word: un-put-down-able. This book had me from the first chapter and I was holding on for dear life -- just like the passengers on flight 2977 when their plane fell from the sky.

Edward is the miraculous sole survivor who loses everything: his home, his family, his direction in life. This is the story not of how he survived the crash, but how he survived the aftermath.

From his well-meaning, but ill-equipped aunt and uncle who take Edward in to the prickly neighbor girl, who begins as an
Michelle Beckwith
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was unexpectedly drawn into this novel's "sole survivor of a plane crash" plot line, and my experience as a flight attendant piqued my curiosity. Edward navigates his life after the devastating event with the help of those around him, who are managing their own survival and existence in various ways. Pain vs love in their most extreme physical and mental forms sets a tone from start to finish. Edward views himself as a counterweight to 191 lost souls and as he heals and matures, he discovers ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different. I could find nothing to compare with Dear Edward. On the surface it's the story of a horrific plane crash and of Edward, the twelve year old sole survivor. Chapters bounce back and forth between the passengers on the flight and the quiet voice of Eddie, his soul hunkered down inside Edward, an outwardly almost normal automaton. Edward leaves the hospital with an aunt and uncle he doesn't know well, lives in their house in a new town, goes to a different school. Everything Eddie ever ...more
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Ann Napolitano's new novel, Dear Edward, will be 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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