Dear Edward

Dear Edward

A Novel

Book - 2020
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A twelve-year-old boy struggles with the worst kind of fame--as the sole survivor of a notorious plane crash.
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984854780
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: NAPOLITANO, A


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DCLadults Jan 15, 2020

A New & Noteworthy Fiction pick. One summer morning, a young boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Colorado. Alternating Edward’s life after the crash with the stories of all the passengers before the crash is heartbreaking. But when Edward finds a reason to live, you will cheer him on.

jabberbooky Dec 17, 2019

This is a moving story of a young boy who is the only survivor of a plane crash. Hard to read as it is so sad, it manages to be uplifting at the end. I predict this will be one of the big books of 2020. Just read it!

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Feb 16, 2021

Though sad in it's premise - I rooted for Edward with all my heart! Highly recommend!

Jan 12, 2021

Really good book. Well developed characters, well researched about flight, and interesting narrative structure. It packs an emotional wallop not only for Edward, but for the characters who ultimately perished. If you have a fear of flying, you may want to pass. Definitely not a book to read in-flight.

Jan 10, 2021

I loved this book. It tugged at my heart.

Jan 08, 2021

Edward is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash. The book alternates between Edward in present times, trying to overcome the trauma he has endured; and the perspectives of different individuals on the fated plane. This is definitely an emotionally difficult book to read, it's hard to imagine how anyone could climb out of the pit of grief and trauma Edward faces. The author is great at writing from the many perspectives of the different characters, and it was easy to sink into the narrative of this book.

Dec 23, 2020

This book was so good. Heartbreaking yet so heartwarming. I wasn't able to hardly put it down.

Dec 10, 2020

For a novel that is supposed to be dealing with grief, tragedy and pushing forward, you would suppose it would push your emotional-buttons. It didn’t. It fell very flat in that respect. I couldn’t tie into the personal lives of any of the characters and found an odd distance. Just not a book I’d recommend.

Nov 09, 2020

A heart-breaking story of a 12-year-old boy, Edward, who is the lone survivor of plane crash. The narrative shifts between the present, detailing Edward's grief and recovery; and the final hours onboard the doomed flight. Along the way, we get to know Edward's family, other passengers as well as crew members who died in the crash. The tragedy of the novel is lightened by humour as Edward stumbles through his recovery with the help of his aunt and uncle. By the end, you'll be rooting for Edward as he grows up and strives to find a purpose for his life.

Nov 08, 2020

The story of a twelve year old boy who is the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash. It did fall a little flat for me in style, but was very touching in documenting his journey.

Spoiler alert at the end of my review. This was an easy read. I grew to really like Edward. It was interesting to watch the individuals in the story evolve and how all the relationships developed. I liked the way this author wrote. I actually read the acknowledgments, something I don't usually do. She mentions a magazine that I looked into, One Story and I've subscribed to it. I dabble in a little writing myself and thought it was a good resource. I really liked Shay and Edwards relationship. Spoiler....I was left with one question though, this is the spoiler - when Shay kisses Edward in the end, what kind of a kiss is it?

ArapahoeJulia Oct 16, 2020

This was on my "must read" list this year, and I must say I definitely enjoyed it. The main character, Edward, survives a plane crash and now must grapple with being the only survivor.

Dear Edward was a rather stressful read for me, however it also ended up being a very thought-provoking and engaging story. It provided a great glimpse into grief, mental health, and what happens when the life you envisioned isn't the life you find yourself living.

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Aug 23, 2020

“The air between us is not empty space.” - p. 335

Aug 23, 2020

“Humans need community, for our emotional health. We need connection, a sense of belonging. We are not built to thrive in isolation.” - p.220


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