Monday, February 3, 2020

Blog Tour: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano



Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for one of the most anticipated books of 2020, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. 

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.

People-watching is one of my favourite things. Ask anyone who has ever been in an airport or train station with me - I can happily spend hours just watching people (non-creepily) and making up stories for them in my head. This type of book was a dream come true for me - a whole plane full of people, all with incredibly different lives, experiences, stories and expectations. We follow the stories of a handful of them - the injured war vet, the wall street tycoon, the quirky free spirit, the young woman hoping for a proposal, the air hostess, the family moving cross-country. The story jumps back and forth before and after the tragic crash. 

Whenever I watch a film or read a book about a disaster, I know it has reeled me in when I watch/read it again hoping the outcome is different. This is how I felt with Dear Edward from the beginning. Clearly, we know what happens, but I found myself hoping beyond hope that the plane wouldn't crash, that someone else would survive, that it would all be okay. I became completely attached to almost all the characters from the start and really didn't want to let go of any of them.

How often do we get to see the long-term aftermath of something like this? We hear the breaking news stories, we see the media coverage, then nothing. What happens next? In this story, we stay with Edward as he tries to adjust to his new life post-accident with his Aunt and Uncle. How did the tragedy affect them? How can they help Edward while they're dealing with their own loss? And how can Edward deal with his grief when he is struggling with survivor's guilt? 

This is a stunning novel about heartbreak, loss, grief and guilt - but also survival, hope, following your heart and forgiveness. 

Dear Edward is available now on Kindle and will be released by Penguin Books on February 20th 2020.

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Many thanks to Hannah at Penguin for allowing me to take part in the blog tour.


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