Dear Edward: The New York Times Bestseller
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 192 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from ...more
I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake. (I highly recommend this ...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
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 ...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
In alternating chapters ...more
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
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.
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
“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.
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
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 ...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
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
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 ...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 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
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
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
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
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
Anyway, Napolitano honed a fictionalized version of this story over the next eight ...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
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