Friday, October 23, 2020

Dear Edward

Book: Dear Edward
Author: Ann Napolitano 

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?-Goodreads

Review: A 12-year old boy is the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash. The author weaves timelines of passengers on the plane prior to the crash and Edward's life afterwards.

I was expecting a tear jerker and while this had some emotional elements, it was really filled with more hope and inspiration. I loved Lacey and John, his mother's sister and her husband who took Edward in after the crash. Loved Edward's friendship with his neighbor. Overall, really enjoyable. 

*Also worth noting that the author had the idea about this book based on the crash of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 in 2010. The flight crashed killing 103 passengers, a 9-year old Dutch boy was the sole survivor. 

Grade: 4/5

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