Beautiful and heartbreaking, this will be a 2020 favorite! With an even pace the story not only deals with immense grief, loss, and survivors guilt, it is also about friendship. The look into some of the other passengers lives and their time on the doomed flight helped the story stay interesting and kept it from getting too heavy. A lovely and well written story.
This book might be too sad for some to read. It was sad but I am certain it will remain my favorite book this year, and the year has just started!
It is great storytelling and the author has incredible love for the characters that she kills off in a plane crash. And so I loved them too. Reading about their lives and plans was a good reminder, but not presented in a heavy handed way at all, that we should do what we can when we can. We are never guaranteed a future despite being oblivious to this fact in our day to day lives. It is easy to realize this in the assured hands of a writer who gives us glimpses into the thoughts and actions of those aboard the ill fated flight.
There are moments in this story that are so credible, so tender, so human and even in its expose of social media (Edward is a celebrity by tragedy and a miracle to some) it speaks to the kindness of strangers.
I think most of us have experienced loss, some have inconsolable loss and our grief is part of who we are now. To be a part of Edward's fugue state and his small re-awakenings was a pleasure to read and almost a comfort to see how one who has lost so much can go on.
I loved this book. It will stay with you.
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.
What if you were 12 years old and you were the only survivor in a plane crash that killed 191 people? When Edward’s parents and brother were killed, he began a new life with his mother’s sister and husband in suburban New Jersey. Having grown up in New York City and homeschooled by his father, adjusting not only to his healing body and dealing with his emotions, he was sent to middle school. Luckily, he had an aunt and uncle who tried hard to make a family for him, a neighbor his own age who was wise beyond her years and a principal who really cared. When he and his neighbor discover duffel bags filled with letters from relatives who did not survive, he found purpose for his life. Well written and thought provoking.
Barnes & Noble has chosen Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano as its January 2020 national book club selection.
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!
The letters made the book one I "really liked." As described, this book is life-affirming and shows people working through some difficult life experiences. Napolitano effectively tells the story by alternating past and present timelines so we see Eddie on the plane and Edward who survived the crash. Loved seeing how the letters were juxtaposed against passenger stories. Beautiful!
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