Saturday, 2 March 2013

Edward Adrift

Author: Craig Lancaster

Published: 9 April 2013

What They Say: It’s been a year of upheaval for Edward Stanton, a forty-two-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s lost his job. His trusted therapist has retired. His best friends have moved away. And even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has been disrupted. All of this change has left Edward, who lives his life on a rigid schedule, completely flummoxed.

But when his friend Donna calls with news that her son Kyle is in trouble, Edward leaves his comfort zone in Billings, Montana, and drives to visit them in Boise, where he discovers Kyle has morphed from a sweet kid into a sullen adolescent. Inspired by dreams of the past, Edward goes against his routine and decides to drive to a small town in Colorado where he once spent a summer with his father—bringing Kyle along as his road trip companion. The two argue about football and music along the way, and amid their misadventures, they meet an eccentric motel owner who just might be the love of Edward’s sheltered life—if only he can let her.

Endearing and laugh-out-loud funny, Edward Adrift is author Craig Lancaster’s sequel to 600 Hours of Edward.

What Sheli Says: I read 600 Hours of Edward last year and fell a little bit in love with Edward and was itching to know more about his life. I was lucky enough to get this next installment from NetGalley pre-publication.

The long and short of it is that I still love Edward. This book follows him as he embarks on some new adventures following a number of events that wreck his routine and really pull the carpet out from under his feet.

We meet some familiar characters as he goes to visit Donna and Kyle at their new house and tries to help Donna get to the bottom of Kyle's uncharacteristic behaviour. We meet a lot of new characters along the way, and also get to see Edward flourish in new situations and with new people. He continues to grow in character from the first book and it was a pleasure to read.

I think that you would definitely have to read the first book before reading this one as there are a lot of references to the first time we met him, but hey, this one hasn't been published yet, so plenty of time to read 600 Hours of Edward first!

I hope that we get to see more of Edward very soon!

Sheli's Rating: 9/10

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