Dear Edward – 3.5 Star Review

“I wouldn’t have done that to you” -Edward looks at his Uncle and then over at Shay; this applies to her too- “because I know what it’s like to be left behind.”

-Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward follows a twelve year old boy throughout his teenage years as he struggles to find his purpose in the world. Sounds normal right? I didn’t know what I was going to be doing with my life well into my twenties. Some days it’s still questionable. However, Edward is unique. He is what the public calls “Miracle Boy”. Edward was traveling to a new home in Los Angeles with his family: his mom, dad and older brother. Edward ended up being the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 191 people. He is taken in by his Aunt and Uncle and Edward is forced to find his place in a new world that has stripped everything from him.

Obviously this book is a sad read, however even on the Goodreads blurb it touts a happy ending, and it does deliver that. I went into this book expecting a story that would make my heart cry, and unfortunately this one did not land with me. Does that make me a cold-hearted, horrible person? Maybe. The whole situation is indeed sad, but the story as it’s told just missed the connection with me. The story is told in two sections simultaneously: Edward after the crash and the flight itself. We are introduced to other passengers on the flight and told their backstories. I felt a major disconnect to these other passengers. I “got” the role that they played in the story but I just felt like maybe the time it to took to learn about them individually wasn’t necessary. Perhaps we should have learned more about Edward’s family, his past memories and experiences to feel more connected to Edward and his sadness. That being said, I did enjoy this book. The writing style was nice and it kept me interested. Goodreads said this book was based on a true story which blew my mind. This (well, not the actual story, but the plane crash bit) actually happened to a little boy in 2010! Poor guy. I hope he found some shred of happiness like Edward did.

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