Back of the book :
One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles: there are 192 people aboard. When the plane suddenly crashes, twelve-year-old Edward Adler is the sole survivor.
In the aftermath, Edward struggles to make sense of his grief, sudden fame and find his place in a world without his family. But then Edward and his neighbour Shay make a startling discovery; hidden in his uncle’s garage are letters from the relatives of other passengers – all addressed him.
What I think :
On June 12 2013 a flight from New York to Los Angeles takes off, that plane never reaches it destination. On board that flight that day are 192 people.
A Wall Street big wig, a woman taking a pregnancy test in the toilet and a soldier coming home from Afghanistan, not quite whole but alive. Also on that fateful flight is Edward (Eddie) Adler and his parents Jane and Bruce and Eddies brother Jordan. The family are off to Los Angeles for a new life with a new career for Jane as a screen writer.
Sadly the plane crashes in a field, there is only one surviver, the rest of the 192 people die.
Edward is that surviver …
This is Edwards story, told from his perspective as he has to try to come to terms with losing the whole of his family and of course his recovery from his injuries that he received in the plane crash. Eddie goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle who sadly have not been able to have a child of their own. Its there that he meets Shay, the girl who lives next door and they form a friendship. Its that friendship that helps him makes sense of what his life has become.
What an emotional story, it had me in tears many times whilst reading this book.
I felt really sorry for poor Edward after losing the whole of his family, his grief was almost to much to bear, completely heartbreaking. (this is why I don’t read many book like this ! – I can’t cope with it !) I have no idea whatsoever what I would do if this had happened to me, its really unimaginable.
I also think that with Edward’s Aunt and Uncle trying to cope with their own private grief, Edward meeting Shay and his relationship with her was just what he needed at that time. I also really think that she “saved” him and helped him cope with the enormity of his situation.
Beautiful characters and a lovely but heartbreaking story that will stay with me for a while. If you only read one book this year I really think it should be this one, but do have some tissues at the ready because believe me you’ll need them.
I give this heartbreaking story 9/10 (5 stars )
Published by Viking /Penguin Books on 04/02/21
The biggest Thank you to Hannah Sawyer from Penguin/Viking Books for the review copy of the book in return for and honest review.