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Dear Edward

de Ann Napolitano

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"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 are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, 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? 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"--… (mais)
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DEAR EDWARD refers to a boy who used to go by “Eddie.” He was Eddie before he was the lone survivor out of 191 passengers on a jet that crashed in Colorado. While he is in the hospital and after he comes to live with his aunt and uncle, he decides to go by ”Edward," instead. The accident is the dividing line: one life before, another after.

Ann Napolitano does a fabulous job describing how Edward deals with his new life. But I don’t think of this as a single story. Rather, this is many stories, all Edward’s.

Most of those stories involve Shay, the girl who lives next door to Edward‘s new home. Shay keeps him sane right from his first night there. And she helps him read and respond to all the letters that the other passengers‘ families send to him (thus the "dear” before “Edward" in the title).

In spite of its sad beginning, DEAR EDWARD turns out to be a story of kindness. ( )
  techeditor | Jun 1, 2021 |
Please be aware that the subject matter of this novel may be disturbing to some individuals.

This book, although emotionally intense and incredibly heartbreaking, presents a devastating story in a manner so compelling and engaging that I found myself drawn into the tale, despite the inevitable roller coaster ride I knew would be involved. The author’s depiction of the characters’ experiences, challenges, and triumphs represents an authentic and, in my opinion, realistic account of the multi-faceted nature that such an untenable event might create.

Amazing, dramatic, and beautifully written ( )
  SallyElizabethMurphy | May 20, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Young Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash. His story is heartbreaking but hopeful too.

The Rest of It:

I knew a little about Dear Edward before starting it, but I wasn’t sure how Edward’s story would be told without it being too sad or depressing. I learned immediately that Edward was the sole survivor of a crash that killed 191 people including his mother, father, and brother, Jordan. The story is told in alternating chapters that take you from Edward’s current situation, to flashbacks of him on the plane. As the story progresses, those chapters taking place on the plane eventually lead up to the cause of the crash and the reactions of the passengers as it was happening.

This was an interesting way to tell this story. It allowed me to feel the sense of panic that everyone on that plane felt, but it was broken up into palatable pieces that you could digest without too much trouble. The sadness that Edward experiences is gently shared through his inability to sleep in his Aunt and Uncle’s house, his quiet reflection when asked to help one of the school administrator’s with a plant project, his close friendship with the young neighbor next door. His sadness can be felt in all the day-to-day interactions, especially the memories of his brother, Jordan.

So where does the hope come from? Without giving too much away, Edward is put into a position to help others and the way he goes about it, is touching. This was a nice way to move forward and to plan for the future which would be so uncertain to a young boy of 12.

I have seen some mixed reviews for this book. Many saying that they liked it but didn’t love it. I will say this, it holds you at arm’s length. Never going too deep into one part of the story and being very careful not to take you down too dark a path. I wouldn’t say the author chose to play it safe, it’s just how she chose to tell the story. Perhaps some of it was a little too convenient if hard to believe but this is a book where the “in-between” held my attention.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | May 18, 2021 |
The grieving process is different for all of us. How do you even begin to pick up the pieces after something shatters your life? When do you feel is the right time to start resuming a normal activity? What does it mean to not only survive, but to keep on living? ⁣
Edward Adler is a 12 year old boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that also claimed the lives of his parents and older brother. His survival story sparks a quite unnervingly realistic media frenzy-websites and twitter accounts pop up in his name, and mundane activities like walking around his yard or going back to school cause strangers to line up and take pictures. Edward attempts to get through each day while dealing with PTSD from the crash. The depictions of grief and depression were heartbreakingly honest and real. Between chapters are snippets of the ill fated flight, with depictions of some of the passengers and their lives before. I enjoyed these passages and wished I could have read even more about the other passengers. Knowing about their inner lives juxtaposed with their fate caused my heart to ache several times. ⁣
But as much as there was to like about this book, overall it just felt underwhelming to me. I expected to be blown away like other books I’ve read in the past, and there wasn't a specific point at which this happened; rather it was the book as a whole. The writing felt very detached; I could never truly connect to Edward as much as I sympathized for him. Although I am glad this book didn’t get too sappy like other books would have, particularly after Edward finds stacks of letters addressed to him from the victim’s families. ⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 5, 2021 |
I wasn't expecting this book to hit me as hard as it did. Some books are just an emotional suckerpunch, and this is one of them. (That's a good thing, by the way. It's rare for a book to actually make me cry, and this one succeeded).

The book alternates between the plane flight and Edward's life after the crash. The passages about the plane flight have a frantic, manic feel to them. You know what's going to happen, and you're watching it in slow motion, waiting for the inevitable. Seeing glimpses into the other passengers' lives is very moving, and gives life to characters that otherwise might not mean anything. Interspersed between the passages about the flight is Edward's story after the crash, his relationship with his aunt and uncle, his friendship with Shay, and how he grows and changes and copes. It's a coming of age story, a story about dealing with and learning to live with trauma.

I thought that Edward's changing relationships with the people around him were very well written. I felt sympathetic to most of the characters, and genuinely cared about them and their problems. I thought the blossoming friendship between Edward and Shay was very sweet.

It's hard to know what to write about this book. Really, I think you just need to read it. It's an emotional experience, and the story will definitely stick with me for a long time. ( )
  crimsonraider | Apr 1, 2021 |
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Children read fairy tales to master terror, and perhaps adults do the same with disaster books. More and more, histrionics seem to fill our days, with disasters of all types — political, natural, genocidal, technological — populating our social-media feeds. While none of the adults in either the real crash or the novel it inspired survive, Napolitano’s fearless examination of what took place models a way forward for all of us. She takes care not to sensationalize, presenting even the most harrowing scenes in graceful, understated prose, and gives us a powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Angie Kim (Web site pago) (Jan 6, 2020)
 
Dear Edward isn’t a page turner with cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. Instead it’s a slow burn that draws you in to Edward’s interior life, the melancholia of his loss and of the fractured lives around him. Years after the crash, Edward’s healing begins to accelerate when he finds bags of unopened letters from the crash victims’ families. He is able to empathize and grieve with them, and so come to terms with his own loss.

It’s hard for a novel to thoroughly capture a reader’s attention while simultaneously meditating on profoundly complex issues. In Dear Edward, Napolitano, a creative writing professor in New York and author of two previous novels, including A Good Hard Look, manages to achieve this. The delicate sparseness of her prose slowly peels back the layers to reveal a warm, fulfilling center that is a true reward for readers.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarBookPage, Jeff Vasishta (Jan 1, 2020)
 
Napolitano, the associate editor of One Story magazine, has written a novel about the peculiar challenges of surviving a public disaster in the modern age. She shows with bracing clarity just how cable news and social media magnify misery and exposure as never before. Edward awakens in the hospital as the world’s most famous orphan. Broken and terrified, he must immediately shoulder a weird blend of trauma and adulation.... it’s a strange girl named Shay who really leavens the novel. With Shay, Napolitano captures the authentic quirkiness of a precocious adolescent. She lives next door to Edward’s aunt and uncle, and from the start she’s the only person who speaks to Edward with complete and cleansing candor.... She provides exactly the atmosphere of clarity that this fractured boy needs to rebuild his life, and watching them do that together is one of the most touching stories you’re likely to read in the new year.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Web site pago) (Dec 31, 2019)
 
For some readers, Napolitano’s premise will be too dark to bear, underlining our terrible vulnerability to random events and our inability to protect ourselves or our children from the worst-case scenario while also imagining in exhaustive detail the bleak experience of survival. The people around Edward have no idea how to deal with him; his aunt and uncle try their best to protect him from the horrors of his instant celebrity as Miracle Boy. As one might expect, there is a ray of light for Edward at the end of the tunnel, and for hardier readers this will make Napolitano’s novel a story of hope.

Well-written and insightful but so heartbreaking that it raises the question of what a reader is looking for in fiction.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Oct 28, 2019)
 
Napolitano (A Good Hard Look) builds a gentle but persistent tension as she navigates the minds of passengers on a plane that is about to crash, and the thoughts of the boy who is the only survivor. Wonderfully detailed characters include Edward Adler, 12 years old at the time of the crash, who lives through the catastrophe, and Shay, who’s the same age and lives next to the aunt and uncle who take over for Edward’s dead parents. The story moves back and forth before and after the crash, when Edward struggles to physically and emotionally recover....Napolitano’s depiction of the nuances of post-trauma experiences is fearless, compassionate, and insightful.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarPublisher's Weekly (Sep 27, 2019)
 
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"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 are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, 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? 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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