Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 6th 2020 by Random House Publishing & The Dial Press
About the Book:
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 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?
I give this book four stars because it was beautifully written - but I have to say, I feel like the blurbs completely misrepresented what the story was actually about. While it certainly kept me turning the pages I found it dark and depressing and very, very, very sad. Even the happiest outcome was still sad beyond words. The book's biggest message, however, is one I absolutely agree with how we are all bound together.
I don't know how Ann Napolitano is able to bring so much sadness into one book, it's amazing. So much about this book is just like life---how it's scary, ambiguous and surreal. This is one of those books that just has to be read. Nothing but reading can explain why it's so wonderful. Summaries and reviews won't tell you anything real about it...it's an experience and one I recommend you participate in.
Thank you NetGalley, Ann Napolitano, Random House Publishing Group and The Dial Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.