Dear Edward - Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward

By Ann Napolitano

  • Release Date: 2020-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,014 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • “Make sure you have tissues handy when you read [this] sure-footed tearjerker” (NPR) about a young boy who must learn to go on after surviving tragedy, from the author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Hello Beautiful.

Now streaming as an Apple TV+ series starring Connie Britton, written and executive produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood)

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Parade, LibraryReads

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 are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself 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 you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

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.

Praise for Dear Edward

Dear Edward is that rare book that breaks your heart and stitches it back together during a reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Mad Honey
“Will lead you toward something wonderous, something profound.”—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Now Is Not the Time to Panic


  • Quick Read

    By WMSread
    This was a quick and captivating read. Even though I wanted to keep reading to know what happened it reads like a hound adult novel with very little depth.
  • Sorry, did not love this

    By JMRW
    I found the characters flat, one dimensional, and the plot predictable. Kind of corny even. I was disappointed that this was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. I expected better.
  • Loved, LOVED this book!

    By Knit Nammy
    What a beautiful story. I read it in one and a half days. This book and it’s characters will stay with me for a very long time.
  • Enjoy!

    By brennansgranmom
    I enjoyed Ann's handling of this wonderful story. Fast paced and really hard to put down!
  • Dear Edward

    By jejejwkejrbvyvehw
    I loved this book so much! Heart warming and deep to the marrow of one’s bones. This book will stay with you …
  • Grief

    By colo barb
    That moment is baked into your bones. It will be with you every moment of every day of your life. It has made you who you are and you will learn to live with it. Any loss can be applied to this. It is the acceptance that allows us to heal.
  • Amazing!

    By jkolmen50266
    Such an incredible touching realistic story told from multiple viewpoints but with a young boy as the main character. I recommend it for anyone whether you’re 12 or 62.
  • Moving

    By tlglick
    Moving. Loved every moment.
  • Beauty out of tragedy!

    By DJmiata
    This is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in a long time. The author made Edward and Shay as well as the deceased passengers seem real. The living and supporting people for Edward and the deceased passengers seem real, too. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a heart.
  • Excellent

    By You won't know my name
    Excellent This book is a must read.