Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Format: eBook (eARC)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Penguin Books, Viking
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: 20th February 2020
“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?”
My Thoughts & Review
Time share my thoughts on another overdue review for a NetGalley eARC. When I first heard about this book I was so excited to read it. The premises sounded very interesting and unique. It sounded like something I would really enjoy.
Dear Edward is about a 12 year old boy Edward who is the only survivor of a plane crash. We follow his story as he recovers from his injuries and well as battle of survivor guilt. While recovering he befriends a young girl called Shay, that lives next-door to his aunt and uncle who are now his legal guardians.
Although I liked the main story of Edward, and really loved reading about the friendship that grew between Edward and Shay, I somehow feel that this book felt like hard work in parts, and it’s in these parts where I felt the story was a little rushed and didn’t flow as well. Also, the flashbacks to the lives of the other passengers really made it harder for me to connect with the main plot and the main character. I didn’t really want to read about these passengers, especially as the ones that we got flash backs from all seemed to be the ones that had made bad choices in life.
Overall, I would say this is a good book and is worth reading but it just didn’t wow me like I was expecting it to.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Books for a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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