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Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Huge thank you to Penguin- Viking for my advance copy of this highly anticipated book! Out early 2020, available to pre-order now.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: Dear Edward is predicted to be a MASSIVE hit for 2020, but for me it fell a bit short. The storyline was right up my street, and I did enjoy the structure of the book and how the story developed. The book switches between timelines before the crash, and Edward’s life in the days, months and years after. It was definitely interesting, and I wasn’t expecting to get such insight into a number of other characters/victims which I really enjoyed.

The story is really heartbreaking – just imaging  being 12 years old and being the ONLY survivor in a plane crash which 191 people lost their lives in, and I think Napolitano did a fantastic job at bringing to life the grief, devastation, and recovery of Edward and his family.

I am not sure what it was that was missing for me, but just something was lacking. However, I would recommend this book as I am sure others will love it!

Plot:

In the face of tragedy, what does it take to find joy? 

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

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