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One Summer Morning, Twelve Year Old Edward Adler, His Beloved Older Brother, His Parents, And 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 SurvivorEdward 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 Dear Edward Is At Once A Transcendent Coming Of Age Story, A Multidimensional Portrait Of An Unforgettable Cast Of Characters, And A Breathtaking Illustration Of All The Ways A Broken Heart Learns To Love Again


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  1. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    THIS NOVEL IS NOW AVAILABLE This is my first 5 star read of 2020 and it is a great one So many of my Goodreads friends were raving about this book and now I can see why.The blurb tells a lot of the outline of this story A plane en route from Newark to Los Angeles crashes, killing everyone on board except for 12 year old Edward Adler I have found from doing some research that the author based this story on a real plane crash which occurred in 2010, it was traveling from South Africa to Lond THIS NOVEL IS NOW AVAILABLE This is my first 5 star read of 2020 and it is a great one So many of my Goodreads friends were raving about this book and now I can see why.The blurb tells a lot of the outline of this story A plane en route from Newark to Los Angeles crashes, killing everyone on board except for 12 year old Edward Adler I have found from doing some research that the author based this story on a real plane crash which occurred in 2010, it was traveling from South Africa to London when it crashed killing everyone except for one 9 year old boy This isn t a story about that crash but the author stated that it was this event which held her imagination for a long time and she knew that she had to write this story.The novel travels back and forth in time between what was happening during the flight and Edward s life afterward The prose flows smoothly and I found both timelines equally interesting.Fortunately for Edward he had an aunt, Lacey, and uncle John who cared very deeply for Edward In the beginning Edward felt the most connection with Lacey because she lost her sister in the flight Though never able to have a child of their own, Lacey and John play an integral part in helping to heal Edward and help him to carry on with his life.It s unimaginable to think of waking up in a hospital, having lost your entire family He was also physically injured The most dominant injury, to one of his legs, took many weeks in the hospital and many, many months of therapy for his body to become whole again Of course the mind and heart aredifficult to heal and Edward was helped by many others in the novel He becomes incredibly close to Shay, his next door neighbor, who is his age and they eventually form an unbreakable bond.He has a wonderful psychologist, Mike, who seems to know how to gently steer Edward into finding ways to heal himself The principal at his school asks Edward to help him care for his beloved ferns which he surrounds himself with in his school office The adjustment to school was particularly difficult for Edward, not only because of his notoriety, but also because he had been home schooled for his entire life.Without going intoof the plot I can tell you that this is a wonderful story that you will find yourself immersed in The characters, along with the ones mentioned above, are very well developed and an interesting collection of people On the plane there is a soldier on his way home, a pregnant single woman who is hoping her boyfriend will propose, a dying tycoon and a free spirited woman who is fleeing her present husband in the hopes of starting a new life in California At a point in the story Edward and Shay come across a finding which will come to help heal Edward in many, many ways The novel was heartbreaking in many ways but it was also filled with so many kind people that I was left feeling very hopeful in the end Without divulging anything further I will say that it was one of the most satisfying endings that I have read in a very long time.I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great story with wonderful characters and a premise which will give you much to think about and ponder.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss


  2. Angela M Angela M says:

    Many of us know what it feels like to grieve the loss of loved ones, but how unimaginable to lose your whole family at twelve years old as the sole survivor of a plane crash Who is there to understand what Edward Adler, this young boy, broken physically and emotionally, is feeling Is there anyone to help him heal, to find his way through the trauma and horrific loss Perhaps it s his Aunt Lacey, who has not only lost her sister, but suffers her own personal losses Or maybe her husband John, w Many of us know what it feels like to grieve the loss of loved ones, but how unimaginable to lose your whole family at twelve years old as the sole survivor of a plane crash Who is there to understand what Edward Adler, this young boy, broken physically and emotionally, is feeling Is there anyone to help him heal, to find his way through the trauma and horrific loss Perhaps it s his Aunt Lacey, who has not only lost her sister, but suffers her own personal losses Or maybe her husband John, who is determined to protect Edward from those who may want to exploit him, from anyhurt Or maybe his therapist, Dr Mike Maybe it s the young girl, Shay, who lives next door and becomes a source of solace for Edward Maybe it s his principal who helps nurture Edward by having him nurture the plants in his office Maybe it s the families of some of the others who have perished in the crash Perhaps it s all of them It takes a village This is such a heartbreaking story and I cried for Edward multiple times as he grieves the loss of his family, particularly at the moments when he thinks of his older brother Jordan, with whom he shared a special bond The sadness I felt was not just for his family, but for a number of other passengers that we meet in alternating narratives which reveal their personal stories and why they are on the flight We learn what his parents and brother are thinking about and also an injured soldier, a dying man, a pregnant young woman, a flamboyant woman who believes in reincarnation, among others Later in the story we get a glimpse of the grief of their loved ones in a stunning way It s thought provoking in a number of ways how does a young boy bear his grief, this loss, the trauma of what he has experienced but it made me consider how little we know of the burdens that people whose paths we cross might carry This book is full of sadness, without a doubt, but it is also filled with shared sorrow, love, friendship and caring A beautiful story I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley


  3. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Wow I got Arc copy of this book and wrote a review long time ago for NetGalley and now I realized I didn t share on Goodreads Luckily my favorite producer assistant Casey, who always gives me hard times by making me rewrite my scenes at least 80 times and taking my middle finger emojis as daily gift sent me this book as an Olive Branch with dozen Sprinkles cupcakes Okay, she s forgiven for now I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake I highly recommend this Wow I got Arc copy of this book and wrote a review long time ago for NetGalley and now I realized I didn t share on Goodreads Luckily my favorite producer assistant Casey, who always gives me hard times by making me rewrite my scenes at least 80 times and taking my middle finger emojis as daily gift sent me this book as an Olive Branch with dozen Sprinkles cupcakes Okay, she s forgiven for now I started to flip pages as I was devouring banana dark chocolate cupcake I highly recommend this flavor and it fits well with tear jerker books because tryptophan in chocolate makes you happy and saves you from emotional breakdowns So I reread some parts and remembered how much I loved this book and even though I consumed lots of cupcakes, I still cried a lot Then I took my book to the gym and continue reading when I was running like a hamster on treadmill I kept whining a lot and told the story of twelve years old Edward Adler who lost his entire family at the plane crash and how he gathers his broken pieces of his life while he was dealing with his grief, his new life conditions, guilt feelings because of being only one to survive I realized I created a chaos and contagious panic attack crisis at my gym place Can you imagine those humongous guys who were even bigger than Jason Momoa started howling like wolves after hearing Edward s story They did And it was so nasty and disturbing So I left the place before they revoke my membership and locked myself at home to terrorize only my husband, dogs and douchebag neighbors with my ugly scream cries I truly love Edward and I cannot imagine someone s brokenness after losing his loved ones at the same time But luckily there are helping hands try to reach to him His Aunt Lacey and Uncle John deals with their own problems but they also cared little boy a lot, doing their best to protect him sufferThe neighbor next door, definitely sweet kind of girl next door Shay and Edward s growing friendship also warmed my heart and put wider smiles on my cheeks And let s not forget Dr Mike and school principal One of them use therapy and other one use his plants to nourish his damaged soul by healing him mentally The flashbacks putlight on passengers back stories which were so intriguing There are so many interesting characters from a young pregnant mother to wounded soldier, dying man etc.I think I mostly affected by Edward s grief about his elder brother He didn t only lose a family member, he also lost his best friend and I know exactly how it feels and hurts Oh boy Here comes another sob Overall amazing book based on true story with remarkable and unforgettable characters I m drying my tears and telling you please go, get this book and read it Then instead of sending me thank you notes, send meblack white Sprinkles cupcakes second favorite flavor Thanks to Random House for publishing this amazing story


  4. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Ann Napolitano s melancholic novel depicts the coming of age of Edward Adler, who at the tender age of 12 loses the life he is familiar with along with the loss of his family, his parents and his beloved older brother, Jordan, in a tragic plane crash in Colorado, in which almost 2oo others die Edward is the only survivor, the boy who lived becomes the centre of a storm of public and national interest A traumatised Edward with his unbearable burden of grief and sorrow goes to live in West Milfo Ann Napolitano s melancholic novel depicts the coming of age of Edward Adler, who at the tender age of 12 loses the life he is familiar with along with the loss of his family, his parents and his beloved older brother, Jordan, in a tragic plane crash in Colorado, in which almost 2oo others die Edward is the only survivor, the boy who lived becomes the centre of a storm of public and national interest A traumatised Edward with his unbearable burden of grief and sorrow goes to live in West Milford, New Jersey with his Aunt Lacey, having to handle her own losses, and his protective Uncle John Having been home schooled, he has to come to terms with going to school, getting used to other children, socialising with them His greatest solace comes with his neighbour, a girl of his own age, Shay, and the close friendship he develops with her.In a narrative that goes back and forth in time, we learn about the wide ranging lives and stories of the other passengers on that plane, their families, and the letters that bulge with their hopes and expectations of Edward We follow Edward as he endeavours to initially just survive and then to forge a new path in life, and the response and support he receives from a community This is a beautiful, moving, emotionally heartbreaking and tearful novel of what it is to be human, for sadly grief and loss is an integral part of what it is to live, and the importance of reaching out, connecting, and supporting each other Edward is so young to be weighed down by such all consuming loss, guilt and grief, having to endure, and I could not help but feel for him, the enormity of what he must handle, until gradually glimpses of hope and joy begin to appear in his life Highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC


  5. Julie Julie says:

    Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is a 2020 Dial Press publication A sad, uncomfortable, and heartrending journey but ultimately a story of hope and inspiration Twelve year old, Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash, which took the lives of 191 people, including Edward s parents and older brother Now living with his aunt and uncle, Edward is faced with the daunting task of recovering physically, mentally and emotionally This story follows Edward s coming of age journey, as he copes wit Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is a 2020 Dial Press publication A sad, uncomfortable, and heartrending journey but ultimately a story of hope and inspiration Twelve year old, Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash, which took the lives of 191 people, including Edward s parents and older brother Now living with his aunt and uncle, Edward is faced with the daunting task of recovering physically, mentally and emotionally This story follows Edward s coming of age journey, as he copes with the aftermath of the crash Along with his devoted family, Edward also finds an unexpected support system through his friendship with Shay, one his neighbors The two become inseparable, when Shay offers Edward her unconditional support, honesty, and love Their relationship defied convention at times, but Shay became Edward s rock on so many levels Edwards s present day journey is alternated with the stories of a select group of passengers who were on board the plane with Edward, giving the reader a bit of insight into their personal lives leading up to the flight, and how they co mingled on the plane before the crash This book was inspired by true events and is understandably melancholy The story is centered around grief, the way it affects people in different ways, and how they cope How will Edward come out on the other side of something this traumatic Right from the beginning, I wanted to hug Edward and comfort him What a resilient soul, so broken, but also brave and determined If the story had stayed centered on Edward and the obstacles he and his family faced and how they worked through their grief and all the psychological pain of recovering under the glare of the media spotlight, I would have given the book all the stars and a rave review However, I have some mixed feelings about the airplane sequences It was very uncomfortable to read about these people under those circumstances I wondered if there might have been a different way to introduce them perhaps telling their story as a prelude to the crash, before turning the spotlight over to Edward I felt it would only be right to give the reader some insight into Edward s life before the crash, and naturally I could understand the impulse of the surviving family members to reach out to Edward, to want to ask him questions, but these passages made me squirm with unease and kept the book shrouded in pain and darkness longer than necessary often overshadowing or disrupting insights into Edward s progress I also found it a bit curious that the author chose to relate the story in such a neutral, disconnected format Except for Shay, the other character s backstory and interactions often seemed to take place at a great distance, save for one or two moments of intimate conversations However, as the story progressed the grayness slowly lifts, and the sun gradually begins to peek out from behind the gloomy clouds, eventually lighting Edward s world with long overdue, but generous warmth.Edward s journey is long, slow, and painful, but he finds strength and wisdom through many avenues, building mental and emotional fortitude with grace, despite his profound grief But, of course, he didn t do it alone I would be lying if I didn t admit, that for me, Shay steals the show What an amazing character In this whole drama, she was the bright light that led Edward out of the tunnel of darkness That is not to say that others in his life weren t as essential because they were It took all these special people, who stayed solid and committed to Edward, for him to become whole again and he was worth every bit of the effort Their work and support paid off and I think each of them was blessed and touched by Edward as well I loved the way the story concluded on such a wonderful and positive note This story is a testament to the human spirit, and to the power of love and friendship Although, I felt the story was too remote much of the time, it did eventually morph into a stirring, inspirational and uplifting novel I m very conflicted about my rating here The book has some issues that were big enough to take me out of the story at times, but it was so moving and profound, I hate to lower my rating I ve been waffling between a 3 or 4 which usually means I seek middle ground with a 3.5 but I couldn t decide if I wanted to round up or down Ultimately, despite some reservations I ve decided to round up because the story is one that has lingered in my mind for days, which, for me, overrides some of the book s weaker areas 3.5 rounded up


  6. JanB JanB says:

    4.5 starsIt s been a long time since I read a book where the story and the characters took hold of my heart and wouldn t let go Anyone who has followed my reviews for any amount of time knows that I don t typically like child narrators This is the exception It s a stunning piece of storytelling I love a story that delves into psychological issues, and how one heals from unbearable tragedy is the ultimate psychological challenge I had the pleasure of buddy reading this with my good friend Ma 4.5 starsIt s been a long time since I read a book where the story and the characters took hold of my heart and wouldn t let go Anyone who has followed my reviews for any amount of time knows that I don t typically like child narrators This is the exception It s a stunning piece of storytelling I love a story that delves into psychological issues, and how one heals from unbearable tragedy is the ultimate psychological challenge I had the pleasure of buddy reading this with my good friend Marialyce, and it s a book we both loved and tore through in record time Edward, his brother, and his parents board a plane to start a new life in California They don t make it, as the plane crashes midflight 191 die while Edward is miraculously the only survivor Edward s emotional struggles with the loss of his beloved family, the burden of survivor s guilt, as well as his sudden notoriety as the miracle boy , is dealt with in such a compassionate and authentic way that I wonderedthan once as I read if the author has experience with grief She knows you never get over a loss, and there is no timeline or closure But there is life after loss, although it s a different life After Edward heals from his physical injuries he goes to live with his aunt and uncle, and does the hard work of learning how to live again How do you move forward when you ve lost everything, including yourself, the person you were before the loss He befriends Shay, the 12 year old girl next door, and it is one of the most delightful friendships I ve had the pleasure of reading All of the adults in Edward s life, from his aunt and uncle, to the school personnel and his therapist have a part to play in his recovery and all were incredibly knowledgeable and insightful, even when dealing with their own struggles They were all terrific characters that felt realistic But Edward still struggles until he makes a discovery that, along with Shay s help, serves as the catalyst for his healing The story alternates between Edward s chapters and chapters that highlights the other passengers on the flight, from the quirky to the serious Learning their backstories put the losses into perspective but thankfully the author doesn t manipulate the reader into an emotional response They simply add interest and depth to the story This sounds unbearably sad but it is a beautiful, heartfelt story that is never maudlin or manipulative The ending brought tears through my smiles This is a book that is ultimately hopeful, a story that restores faith in the human spirit, and one that will stay with me a long time to come Highly recommended 5 stars for how this book made me feel I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review For our duo review of this book and others please visit


  7. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    A compassionate and realistic look at a young boy confronting paralyzing grief and survivor guilt His family, moving from New York to LA, are on an airplane, when the plane crashes and Eddie, 12, is the only survivor Taken in by his mother s sister and her husband, a couple that has suffered their own private grief, he no longer feels as if he fits in his own skin Shay, a girl his own age, his new neighbor may be the door that allows him to find a way to move forward.In alternating chapters w A compassionate and realistic look at a young boy confronting paralyzing grief and survivor guilt His family, moving from New York to LA, are on an airplane, when the plane crashes and Eddie, 12, is the only survivor Taken in by his mother s sister and her husband, a couple that has suffered their own private grief, he no longer feels as if he fits in his own skin Shay, a girl his own age, his new neighbor may be the door that allows him to find a way to move forward.In alternating chapters we meet some of the people on the doomed flight, a look into their personal lives and hopes for their future and regrets from their pasts Such great characters, this author has created, people who try to help Eddie and people who his life touches The way to healing is hard, but Eddie is never alone, something he needs to realize for himself Fate is not in ones control, and a tragedy such a this touches many, not only those involved This emotional novel does a fantastic job showing how essential human connection is, and how it can be of benefit if one can open themselves to acceptance Friendship, love, and hope The ending had me teary eyed, despite the sadness, I loved watching these characters heal and grow.ARC from Dial Press Random House


  8. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    3.5 starsYes I realize I am going to be the unpopular opinion I couldn t wait to chose this for my BOTM I did worry that the material would be a bit too emotional for me and that I would be ugly crying all over the book.but I didn t I am not sure why but it didn t elicit that strong of an emotion from me OMG am I heartless Edward does the impossible He survives a plane crash that claims the life of all the other passengersall 191 one of them His entire world is onboard that plan 3.5 starsYes I realize I am going to be the unpopular opinion I couldn t wait to chose this for my BOTM I did worry that the material would be a bit too emotional for me and that I would be ugly crying all over the book.but I didn t I am not sure why but it didn t elicit that strong of an emotion from me OMG am I heartless Edward does the impossible He survives a plane crash that claims the life of all the other passengersall 191 one of them His entire world is onboard that plane his mom, dad and brother How does one move on from something like this Especially a 12 year old boy that just lost everything in a matter of seconds The timeline was split into after the crash and right before the crash We get to meet his family members and several of the other passengers during these chapters of the book Although I did appreciate it I felt there wasn t much character development with the passengers and I felt a bit detached from them Although I did really find the whole premise very sad and an interesting story line..I lacked connecting with Edward I guess the writing had a bit of detachment to it and it didn t dig deep enough into my emotions Which is odd because I am a pretty emotional reader Overall I did enjoy the book I just wanted to cry my eyes out I guess I am never happy I hesitated picking up the book because it might be too sad, yet I complain because it didn t give me the ugly cries I did love the relationship that Edward and Shay developed helping each other out in their own way I found that to be a beautiful blessing for them both


  9. Carol Carol says:

    Yep.as advertised Riveting Uplifting Unforgettable Flight 2977. Did you know Clouds usually float at 2,000 to 15,000 feet Planes fly at 30,000 to 40,000 Outer space begins at 300,000 I didn t know that exactly and don t know what it is about disaster novelsand moviesthat entices me so, but in DEAR EDWARD, Eddie Adler himself, how his life evolves, and the stories of the other doomed passengers made for an addictive, fast read.Eddie is only 12, his brother Jordan 15 when hisYep.as advertised Riveting Uplifting Unforgettable Flight 2977. Did you know Clouds usually float at 2,000 to 15,000 feet Planes fly at 30,000 to 40,000 Outer space begins at 300,000 I didn t know that exactly and don t know what it is about disaster novelsand moviesthat entices me so, but in DEAR EDWARD, Eddie Adler himself, how his life evolves, and the stories of the other doomed passengers made for an addictive, fast read.Eddie is only 12, his brother Jordan 15 when his family boards a plane in New York bound for a new life in Los Angeles to mom s new job and their new home, but Colorado is as far as they get.before disaster strikes. In DEAR EDWARD, Eddie, now Edward amazingly survives the crash, but now must survive life without his family and with memories of the horror as he adjusts to a new world with Uncle John and Aunt Lacey, the media and everyone else who wants his story But us readers are the only ones who get the details.right down to the bitter end.and a hopeful future. Inspired by a true story, Ann Napolitano backs into the tragic event building characters and storyline into a beautifully written work of fiction. We all know It is statisticallydangerous to travel in a car than in an airplane In absolute numbers, there arethan five million car accidents compared to twenty aeronautic accidents per year, so, in fact, flying is safer


  10. Jayme Jayme says:

    So much could be solved, she thinks, if we simply held hands with each otheroften 12 year old Eddie Adler boards flight 2977 from Newark to Los Angeles with his parents, and his older brother Jordan 191 souls will perish with Eddie being the sole survivor of the crash The whole country is captivated with Eddie now referred to as Edward and his story They think he is LUCKY They don t understand the pain of being the one left behind The story is told from the alternating timeline So much could be solved, she thinks, if we simply held hands with each otheroften 12 year old Eddie Adler boards flight 2977 from Newark to Los Angeles with his parents, and his older brother Jordan 191 souls will perish with Eddie being the sole survivor of the crash The whole country is captivated with Eddie now referred to as Edward and his story They think he is LUCKY They don t understand the pain of being the one left behind The story is told from the alternating timelines of the flight and the years that follow..The flight chapters acquaint you with some of the other passengers Not all of them were likable, and I felt like I should ve grievedfor these people who lost their livesEdward s chapters were muchpoignant, as he struggles to make sense of his new life His chapters brought both tears, and smiles..They were thecaptivating, as were the people who rally around Edward to try and bring him comfort and hope His friendship with Shay is truly one of the most moving friendships you will ever have the pleasure of reading about My one critique The author shares that she spoke with those who administer insurance claims, with those in the military, and with pilots for AUTHENTICITY.She SHOULD HAVE also spoken with flight attendants Veronica was a cliche Not a chance that her unprofessional behavior would happen or go unnoticed Andwhat MIGHT be done with an elderly passenger who suffers what her passenger suffers while inflightnot a chanceand I have done the job for 34 yearsWould ve been an easy 5 stars if not for those two things.Still..highly recommended Available now Thank you to Netgalley, Viking, and Ann Napolitano for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review