Thursday 20 February 2020

Review - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Publisher: Viking
Release date: 20 February 2020
Back cover blurb: 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?

Dear Edward is a beautiful coming of age novel. A tragic, but inspiring tale of how through loss, one person is able to find themselves.

Edward is the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash, that takes the lives of his parents and brother, effectively leaving him an Orphan.

After a long recovery he is able to live with his Aunt and Uncle, in a town he is unfamiliar with, a place he doesn't want to be without his family.

Edward clearly has survivor's guilt, but he does not know this at twelve years old.

He befriends the girl next door, she helps him through the darkest of times, and it is with her that he discovers the secret his Uncle has been keeping from him.

Letters written to him from the other plane crash victims families. Some begging to know of their relatives last movements, some wanting to know every detail of the crash.

Dear Edward is a unique novel, unlike anything I have read before. 

Dear Edward is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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