Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward Book Cover

Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano
General Fiction (Adult) | Literary Fiction
Penguin Books


A luminous, 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 216 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons, bickering over who gets the window seat. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

Dear Edward depicts Edward's life in the crash's aftermath as he struggles to make sense of the meaning of his survival, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and find his place in the world without his family. In his new home with his aunt and uncle, the only solace comes from his friendship with the girl next door, Shay. Together Edward and Shay make a startling discovery: hidden in his uncle's garage are sacks of letters from the relatives of the other passengers, addressed to Edward.


As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront some of life's most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given? And what does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

How do we deal with the loss of family? That’s the main storyline in this story. We all do it in our own way, some handle it themself and others need a support system… This book is about that support system, and it blows it up into huge proportions. Overdone in it’s emotions and attempt to portrait a ‘miracle’; IMHO.

Besides that, there’s some issues with the story, contradictions and so on.

Nice attempt but didn’t touch me, but I understand there’s a huge market for this book.

😮 I like the cover 🙂


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