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Author: Ann Napolitano
Publisher: Penguin Books, Viking
Published: January 20th, 2020
Twelve year old Eddie is flying to Los Angeles with his parents and fifteen year old brother, Jordan. They were moving there, but the plane crashed en route, leaving Edward as the sole survivor.
This story is told from two time lines – the first sharing the events on the flight, the backgrounds to some of the other passengers, their reasons for travelling, hopes and dreams. The other timeline is Edward’s life in the aftermath of the crash and the drastic changes it causes, including the sudden fame, the desire of other passengers’ relatives to seek him out, moving in with his Aunt and Uncle and his friendship with Shay, the girl who lives next door to them. It is a very different and moving story of growing up, trying to make sense of everything, grief, fame, relationships, life and living. It is also about learning to live again, to make the most of opportunities and never taking tomorrow for granted.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
A luminous, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash
One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons, bickering over who gets the window seat. 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 depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he struggles to make sense of the meaning of his survival, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and find his place in the world without his family. In his new home with his aunt and uncle, the only solace comes from his friendship with the girl next door, Shay. Together Edward and Shay make a startling discovery: hidden in his uncle’s garage are sacks of letters from the relatives of the other passengers, addressed to Edward.
As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront some of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given? And what does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?