Blurb from Goodreads
A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash
One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.
Dear Edward recounts the stories of the passengers aboard that flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he tries to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront one of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given?’
“Dear Edward” follows the story of a plane crash with just a single survivor, 12 year old Eddie who after the flight chooses to be called Edward. The story unfolds over two time periods; the events that occurred on the flight and the storylines of its passengers, and then following Edward as he comes to terms with what his survival truly means to him and to the world at large.
I really wanted to love this book and had thought that I would find it deeply moving but sadly I found the writing to be in too much of a detached style for my personal taste. I preferred Edward’s story and struggle to come to grips with what happened to him a lot more than the stories of the people on board the plane. Those stories to me seemed to be rather confusing and I was constantly getting mixed up between characters due to the style of narrative used. I do however also think that because I read an eARC copy that is not the finalised version, that its formatting on my kindle paperwhite made things more difficult for me to follow and added to my lack of enjoyment. For the last quarter of the book I switched to using the Bluefire app on a tablet and the formatting was 100% better.
As I said earlier, I very much preferred following Edward’s story. I thought it was very interesting to read about how he dealt with survivor’s guilt and the loss of his entire family along with his medical problems and upheaval to a new life with his aunt and uncle. His relationship with his new friend Shay was the highlight of the book for me and I really loved how their friendship helped to create a new normal for Edward.
Overall I’m sad to say that this book wasn’t completely to my liking but it did have some very touching moments that hopefully a different reader would enjoy more than I did.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Penguin Books UK/Viking, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*