What a beautiful, emotional novel this is. Dear Edward follows the titular twelve year old as he and his family fly from New York to Los Angeles to start a new life. Little do they know that the plane will crash and Edward will be the sole survivor out of one hundred and ninety-one other passengers and crew members. What I really loved about this novel was the way it is structured; we see Edward living his life after the crash then flash back to the flight, and see the stories of several other unique characters who are all traveling to LA for various reasons. Knowing that the other passengers won’t make it to their final destination to continue their story is heartbreaking.
Every character is memorable and has their own personality, with their own flaws and quirks. I adored following Edward as he processes his grief and discovers who he is as an individual, not just as a survivor of a major tragedy. My only little disappointment was not getting to know the other passengers on the flight better. I wanted to know more about them, but it makes sense that they were written this way. We don’t know about real-life victims lives and motivations after an event of this magnitude, and we often are curious about them.
This is an heart-wrenching, thought-provoking read that completely absorbed me and I highly recommend you read it for yourself. I was utterly compelled to keep flipping the pages to find out what was going to unfold. Ann Napolitano is an author that will definitely be on my radar now.