Genre: Adult Contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Dear Edward is the story of young Eddie, who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed over 180 passengers, including his immediate family (his mom, dad, and older brother).
Edward goes to live with his aunt and uncle as he grapples with his grief and a new existence he could have never imagined. On top of all of that, he’s also dealing with new found and unsolicited fame that comes as a result of the crash.
Dear Edward is heartbreaking and painful to read. It is also a very quiet book, and I think it’s good to know that before going into it. It’s a book about humans being human, the after effects of a tragic loss, learning how to live again. I thought the grief depiction was done really well and exemplified how grief manifests itself differently in different people.
Throughout the book, we also get glimpses into the lives of some of those passengers who were killed in the crash. I love that those characters were made to be more than just a number, and I thought the alternations between these flashbacks and present day flowed so nicely.
The characters and their development were the best part of this book for me. I especially loved Edward and Shay. Their relationship was my favorite, my heart!
If you want a beautifully written and thought-provoking read, I’d definitely recommend this one!