Goodreads Monday – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! It’s been a very hot minute since I did one but I figured I might as well get back into it! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s featured book is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. This is a contemporary fiction/coming-of-age story that was published in January 2020 and it has a 4.16 star rating!

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

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?

Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

Why do I want to read it?

This book sounds like it will tear my emotions to shreds and I’m one of those people masochists that really loves a book that can make me cry and feel raw emotions like no other (I’m not even gonna lie). 😂 I can’t even imagine being in Edward’s shoes but I’m intrigued by this premise and to read his story. I actually haven’t seen that many reviews but after quickly skimming through Goodreads just now I saw lots of 4-5 star reviews from fellow book lovers I follow, so I’m taking that as a positive?

Have you read Dear Edward or is it on your TBR?
If you have read it, what did you think of it?

12 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

    • LOL okay I don’t think I can take it all the time as well. Definitely not 🤣 Hence why I’m also so good at avoiding books I think/know will shred my emotions haha but it’s pretty cathartic to let it all out sometimes! (is this my masochist speaking?) 🤣


  1. This is (I believe) the first I have heard of this book and I am definitely curious about it now. It does sound like it will be very emotional and I want to know how it all unfolds. I might have to track it down and read it myself.

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    • I can’t imagine it not being an emotional read… But I’ve read/heard a few people saying in their reviews that they didn’t end up getting overly emotional about it–funny enough. But let’s see! I’m quite an emo person 🤣 I hope you enjoy it if you do read it!


  2. Hi Dini! My name is Emer and I like to buck the trends. 😂😂😂😂
    I read this as an ARC, one of the first reviewers for it on NetGalley I believe, and was utterly underwhelmed by the lack of emotion from what I had thought would be a story to give me all the feels. Ive actually been so surprised to watch it become such a hyped book since before its publication and since. Feels like I read a different book than everyone else 😅

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    • LMAO as I was writing that paragraph I was actually JUST thinking if you’d read it or not and if you liked it (and then I checked and saw you didn’t BAHAHA) 🤣🤣🤣 Let me tell you that I’m even more curious now since even you say it feels like you read a different book than everyone else! I did read someone write that although they gave it a four star they actually didn’t cry or get overly emotional with this one! Let’s see if I ever do get around to it what with the insane TBR mountain that I have to scale… 👀

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