5 star reads - Courtney

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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0CA9A0E0-AAA1-434F-9AB3-A6B7B7F31C04One 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?

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Dear Edward is not a light read by any means. This story is heartbreaking and sad. Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash leaving him to leave with his aunt and uncle.

I honestly have picked this up twice and ended up putting it down and it put me in a slump it is that heavy of a read. This story deals with death, grief, heartbreak and trying to pick the pieces up and carry on when you feel you’ve lost everything.

You watch Edward throughout the story heal and deal with grief and learning to take care of himself and do what helps him get by with the grief.

The writing is beautiful and shows you how someone deals with such a loss and the weight of being the only one left. I honestly broke down crying throughout parts of the story towards the end because it was just so incredibly sad.

One aspect I did like even though it was what made me cry was that you flip back and forth between Edward healing after and the passengers when Edward and his family boarded. You get to know each passenger and their life and it made it all the more heartbreaking.

Overall I enjoyed dear Edward and it really put into priority that the little stuff doesn’t matter. Love one another and be kind. Enjoy the time you have and make the most of it because you are not guaranteed tomorrow. Dear Edward will stick with me for a long while.

Courtney 💛

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