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Dear Edward

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  139,334 ratings  ·  14,936 reviews
A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 187 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguer
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Viking (first published January 6th 2020)
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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 direc…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)
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)

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Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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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
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

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
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela M (On a little break)
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, w ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
3.5 stars...

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
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 Ma
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 Milfo ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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

Larry H
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

David Putnam
I guess I have to be contrary on this one. I thought I’d really love it based on the great reviews and the premise. While reading I barely hung by my fingernails always ready at any minute to bail out of the book. I think part of the problem for me is a lot of tension is given up for two reasons. With the onset we know everyone dies in the plane crash accept Edward. The narrative alternates from post-crash with Edward to pre-crash with the victims on the flight. Although, they are interesting ch ...more
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 timeline
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elyse Walters
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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.

Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. m
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. E
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 r
4.5 rounded to 5 stars

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
”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 busi
Mark (halfway through 4 weeks holiday - so a bit quiet) Porton
I expected a whole lot more from this coming of age story with an encouraging premise. But, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano was a mediocre experience.

The idea of a young sole survivor (Eddie/Edward) of a plane crash, where he lost his Mother, Father and Brother, and then picking up the pieces of his shattered life sounded interesting to me. Lots of scope there to get really involved with the characters and their stories.

But the whole thing was terribly lacklustre. The format was just a bit mundane
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
4.5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this very moving book. I had heard many good things and had seen it nominated for some awards but went in warily because hype is not always a good thing. In this case, I think the hype paid off.

From the very first pages I was drawn into the variety of characters you meet as they embark on a cross-country plane journey. My enthrallment only increased as we learned more about their journey and the aftermath. Also, there was a lot of back and forth time jumpin
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 n
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 gr
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 wasn’t 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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. 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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

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
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Ann Napolitano’s new novel, Hello Beautiful, will be published by Dial Press in March 2023. Her novel, Dear Edward, was published in January 2020 and was an instant New York Times bestseller. She is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She was the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine from 2014-2020. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taugh ...more

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