#bookreview Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano published by Viking

Amazon:

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles: there are 192 people aboard. When the plane suddenly crashes, twelve-year-old Edward Adler is the sole survivor.

In the aftermath, Edward struggles to make sense of his grief, sudden fame and find his place in a world without his family. But then Edward and his neighbour Shay make a startling discovery; hidden in his uncle’s garage are letters from the relatives of other passengers – all addressed him.

Following the passengers’ final hours and Edward’s unique coming-of-age, Dear Edward asks one of life’s most profound questions:

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank the publisher, author and Netgalley for my free ARC.

This is an emotionally charged story of one child’s survival of a traumatic event, and his subsequent guilt. The descriptions are vivid and thought provoking, and written cleverly from a child’s perspective.

The prose flow easily but this goes not take anything away from the enormity of the event of the aftermath. This is a heart breaking tale with faint numberings of hope.

I highly recommend this book.

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