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" -- from
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2020]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781984854780
Branch Call Number: FICTION Nap
Description: 340 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

Oct 06, 2020

Incredible story! Remarkable writing!
I didn't want it to end.
Dear Edward would make a terrific movie! Thank you Ann Napolitano.

Oct 03, 2020

Not an easy book to read, Dear Edward offers an insight that evolves into understanding, not only of Eddie himself but of certain characters that impact his life. The peripheral characters are necessary and of brief, individual importance. They are each fragments of a happily realized whole. I’m glad I read it.

Aug 23, 2020

DEAR EDWARD is a beautifully crafted, highly emotional coming-of-age story. The central figure is 12-year-old Eddie/Edward, the lone survivor of a plane crash. The main plot follows him over time as he struggles with his grief and loss toward healing and acceptance. In alternating chapters the reader meets some of Eddie/Edward’s fellow passengers on the doomed flight, learning about their personal lives, including their hopes and regrets. The importance of human connections is a central theme of this novel. Author Ann Napolitano does a skillful job balancing tragedy and hope in a realistic way. This book is worth reading.

Aug 09, 2020

Wow. Just finished Dear Edward. What a great book.

Jul 27, 2020

This book was heart achingly beautiful. This story shows the remarkable grit and resilience our youth develop this day and age as the main character has to learn how to live after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. The characters in this book come to life as the book ping pongs between pre and post crash.

Jun 03, 2020

This coming of age story is about a teen sole survivor of a plane crash that has taken his entire family. It is also about the grief process. It is a moving story of healing both emotionally and physically. Once I started the book, I could not put it down.

Apr 29, 2020

Read this one because it's wonderful in a haunting, traumatic sort of way. It's the type of book that leaves a lasting impression. The tale toggles between past and present, which turned out to be really effective. It was like two tales at once, both equally riveting for different reasons. I began to dread the intimate accounts of the passengers on the flight in the final countdown to the crash. Those affected me deeply. All the what-ifs. In some sections, it was a tough and emotional read. And a novel that compels me to delve into the actual events that were the inspiration behind the work make it especially memorable. 4.5 stars.

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 24, 2020

I really enjoyed this novel, with sections alternating between a minute-by-minute account of the doomed flight and Edward's life after surviving. All the while you knew what was going to happen, but felt like you were building a connection with each passenger as Edward in the present learned to deal with each loss. Heartbreaking, at times frustrating, heartwarming and beautiful.

Apr 16, 2020

4.75 Stars!

Dear Edward was a fascinating book. With wonderful insight and emotion, the author created a fully developed and mesmerizing story by interweaving glimpses of multiple passengers lives with sole-survivor Edward’s. This was Edward’s coming of age story after losing his immediate family, as well as what the effect of his surviving had on himself and others. It was rich in details, profound, and deeply moving. I read a lot of books in a year. Some I tolerate, most I enjoy, and then there are those that I love with a passion and/or stay deeply rooted in my psyche. I predict that Dear Edward will be the latter.

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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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