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Book Review: Dear Edward

"Dear Edward" by Ann Napolitano is an excellent novel. A pretty emotional read, that easily gets you thinking about life, and about our today and tomorrow. This story is inspired by the true story of a plane crash in 2010, and its only survivor, a 9-year-old boy. In this novel, the main character is a 12 year old boy, Eddie, who was on a flight with his parents and his brother from Newark to LA. Tragically, the plane crashed with 190 people on board, and Eddie was the sole survivor. Two stories are told in parallel, Edward's life after the crash, and passengers' stories and interactions during the flight, including the events leading to the crash. It is unimaginable what Edward has to go through emotionally, and how traumatic this has been for him. With support from his aunt and uncle and his friend he was getting slightly better, but he hadn't recovered until he found the letters from the family members of the fellow passengers. In them, he found purpose. He found healing through giving back and helping others. What really comes forward in this book, is that life happens in the present time and tomorrow is only a possibility. Really good read, and highly recommended.

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