*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Dear Edward, I provide your book club with a brief summary and discussion questions in that order!
If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Dear Edward and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.
You can also check out the second post in the series where I share several great food ideas for your book club based on the book HERE.
In this post, I’ll review the premise of Dear Edward and share book club discussion questions that are sure to get your book club talking!
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Here’s a brief summary of Dear Edward:
Edward Adler, his older brother, and his parents board a plane from Newark to Los Angeles headed towards a new life, new jobs, and a new future, but the promise of what they hoped for is cut short when the plane, along with its 183 other passengers crashes into a barren field in Colorado.
Edward is the sole survivor.
With alternating timelines between that fated day, featuring vignettes of the various passengers aboard the flight, and Edward’s life after the crash, Dear Edward asks some of life’s hardest 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 Book Club Discussion Questions:
*WARNING: May contain spoilers!
- Discuss the characters you grew to know who were on the plane (Florida, Mark, Benjamin, Linda, Crispin, Veronica, Edward’s family). Which character did you find most interesting? How did you feel about getting to know these characters when you already knew their fate?
- Everyone with loved ones involved in the plane crash has a life upended. Lacey and John are no different. How do you think Edward’s presence in their lives was challenging? How was it their saving grace?
- Edward has to deal with both physical and emotional wounds. What was the most difficult part of Edward’s recovery for you to read about? In what ways does his age seem to help him recover? In what ways does it seem to hinder him?
- Shay and Besa are unexpected lights to Edward during a very dark time. How would the book have been different without these two characters? Why do you think Edward attached to Shay in such a strong way?
- When Edward realizes that Jordan had a secret girlfriend, he also realizes that he can’t recover what he lost—his family—but he can recover things, people, history he didn’t know existed. Have you experienced this in your own life? After losing a love one, did you long to uncover bits about them you didn’t know about and, in that way, continue developing the relationship despite the loss?
- What did you think of Madame Victory? Did you believe it could be Florida? Did you want to believe it could be? Why?
- John finally tells Edward that he’s been keeping things from him in order to protect him from harming himself. Edward tells John he would never commit suicide because he knows what it feels like to be left behind. Why do you think others might feel differently than Edward? Discuss how this moment is pivotal for everyone involved.
- Why do you think Edward decides to open the letters and eventually reply to them? What would you have done?
- Edward eventually travels back to the crash site. Why do you think he needs to go back? Would you have been able to go back?
- This is a heavy novel, but ends with hope. Did you enjoy it? What other novels have you read that are similar that you enjoyed more or less than Dear Edward? Discuss the differences, especially if you’ve read something similar as a Book Club.
Have you read Dear Edward? What did you think? Did it satisfy you or were you left wishing for more? What are some similar books you’ve read?
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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