Review: Dear Edward

I LOVED this story.


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 veteran 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 in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself 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 you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life? 

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. 

My thoughts:

Twelve-year-old Edward is the only survivor of a commercial plane crash that killed 183 passengers including his mother, father, and brother. The narration alternates between Edward’s life after the crash, as he attempts to reckon with this immense trauma and loss, and the hours on the plane leading up to the crash from the point of view of various passengers. Told in a literary yet accessible voice that is both gentle and wise, this story captivated and moved me. I loved Edward, his aunt and uncle who take him in, and his dear friend Shay. While it did take a few chapters to adjust to the narration style, I soon found myself unable to put it down. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book put me through all the emotions and while it is a “heavy” read at times, it ultimately left me feeling hopeful and uplifted. I’m so grateful I had a chance to read it. Definitely recommended!

Thank you Netgalley and The Dial Press for a digital and physical ARC to review!

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