Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Title: Dear Edward
Author: Ann Napolitano
Genre: General Fiction
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Synopsis: 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

I started reading this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 prompt “book about a do-over or fresh starts”. With the start of the new year, I also felt like this kind of book is exactly what I needed to start the year.

Dear Edward is a very interesting book. The writing style was so smooth that I felt like I glided through sentence to sentence. The two timelines narrated alternately was also done really well. Both timelines are interesting. The first timeline is what was going on inside the plane. There are plenty of characters and they are all so diverse and unique. What’s interesting about this timeline is we get to see a glimpse on these people’s final moments. They didn’t know what was gonna happen which gives the story a different kind of authenticity.

Even though I liked a lot of aspect in this book, I didn’t feel like I was fully immersed into it or that I was invested in what happens to Edward because the characters actually feel aloof. I don’t know if the author has intended for it to be that way since Edward may really avoid other people after the tragedy but it was hard to connect with him.

Overall, Dear Edward for me is an average read. The plot is quite different and interesting but unfortunately, there’s really nothing that made me want to turn to the next page in anticipation.



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