Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Published by: Viking
Release date: 27/02/2020
Summary: One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 187 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. 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 recounts the stories of the passengers aboard that flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he tries to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront one of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given?’
*I was gifted this ARC copy by my friend. All opinions are my own*
This is very much not the kind of book I usually read, and I wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t gifted a copy, so I was really surprised to find myself really invested in the story, and I ended up really enjoying it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really know how to review this book, so this might be a very short review.
I really loved the way it was written. It was written in two different times, the present where we follow Edward recovering from the accident and settling into his new life, and the past where we follow various passengers while they are actually on the plane. In the past sections we get to see from the points of view of a few different passengers, and we see why they are on the plane, what they are leaving and what they are going to. We also get a bit from the pilots towards the end and see what caused the plane crash. It made for a very interesting and compelling read.
This book pulled so many emotions from me. The parts that were from the points of view of the plane passengers got so intense towards the end of the book, and so hard to read. Edwards sections from after the plane crash were emotional for me right from the start. My heart went out to Edward so much, watching him try to come to terms with everything that had happened.
If you think this sounds like an interesting read, I would highly recommend it.
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