Dear Evan Hansen
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.Dear Evan Hansen,Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

Dear Evan Hansen Details

TitleDear Evan Hansen
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherPoppy
ISBN-139780316420235
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Dear Evan Hansen Review

  • chandler ainsley ❁
    January 1, 1970
    i'm gonna be real with you: this really was not for mei think books like these all depend on what kinds of characters and people you relate to. i have suffered with anxiety before, so i thought that i would "get" evan... but i so did not.i'm not sure what i expected from this book but i really didn't expect a severely lonely, awkward, anxious kid with no hobbies essentially lying to a grieving family. i mean i should have known from the synopsis but i figured there would be some levity at the ve i'm gonna be real with you: this really was not for mei think books like these all depend on what kinds of characters and people you relate to. i have suffered with anxiety before, so i thought that i would "get" evan... but i so did not.i'm not sure what i expected from this book but i really didn't expect a severely lonely, awkward, anxious kid with no hobbies essentially lying to a grieving family. i mean i should have known from the synopsis but i figured there would be some levity at the very least. but no. it was just depressing all the way through.and not even in a way that made me sympathize. if we're talking lonely characters give me a france janvier or aled from radio silence. kids with interests that their school friends don't have. where their mental illness is not their entire personality.give me a plot that doesn't hinge on a suicide for self discovery. or a manic pixie dream girl for finally "putting themselves out there" (both of which this book had). all in all it was just so disappointing because i think the overall message was pretty nice. but i'm sick of bland, straight, white male wallflowers
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  • Bryne
    January 1, 1970
    A YA BOOK ADAPTATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS? KINKY!!!!
  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Today is going to be a good day and here's why: IT'S COMING OUT A FEW DAYS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY. IT'S EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED.26/08/18I don’t know how to rate this book yet, and my review is coming. I’m so thankful Penguin decided to send me an ARC of it as it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Let’s just say I sobbed a lot. Still am.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    UMMMM WHAT DEAR EVAN HANSEN THE NOVEL YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP where's the dotted line y'all? Seriously. Cue all the squealing. More serious non-fangirl-scream info here.
  • leslie hamod
    January 1, 1970
    "Today is going to be an amazing day and here's why" It begins with a letter never meant for him to see. It is finally a boy's chance for acceptance. A chance to be accepted!On the other hand, a family grieves over the loss of a son. Evan tells a lie. A big lie. He says he was the boys best friend.Suddenly, he is acceptable, accepted.But with this acceptance, he is drawn into a range of emotions. His lies cause him confusion, and lead him into more lies. As so often is the case when we begin wit "Today is going to be an amazing day and here's why" It begins with a letter never meant for him to see. It is finally a boy's chance for acceptance. A chance to be accepted!On the other hand, a family grieves over the loss of a son. Evan tells a lie. A big lie. He says he was the boys best friend.Suddenly, he is acceptable, accepted.But with this acceptance, he is drawn into a range of emotions. His lies cause him confusion, and lead him into more lies. As so often is the case when we begin with a lie. He realizes his one problem is himself. For in finding acceptance, he is not himself. His one problem, himself.The simplest of lies leads to a complicated truth. This is a well written story about coming of age. What we are willing to do to belong. We live in an age where we have access to instant connections and profound loneliness. What would we do to belong!Great story! I laughed and cried. It at times tore my heart out.I highly recommend this book! Read it to see, as Shakespeare said"oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive ". A young boy just wanted to belong, and with this desire his world and that of others are charged forever!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm such a huge fan of the musical Dear Evan Hansen and I was so excited when I learned that they were coming out with a YA novelization of the story. The story sticks pretty close to the story line in the musical but is able to expand where the musical is limited. I think that readers will connect with Evan even more than they already do.Overall, I really liked this novel. I think that most readers will be able to relate to Evan and/or Connor. We've all had some of those feelings, issues, and d I'm such a huge fan of the musical Dear Evan Hansen and I was so excited when I learned that they were coming out with a YA novelization of the story. The story sticks pretty close to the story line in the musical but is able to expand where the musical is limited. I think that readers will connect with Evan even more than they already do.Overall, I really liked this novel. I think that most readers will be able to relate to Evan and/or Connor. We've all had some of those feelings, issues, and doubts that Evan and Connor go through. It makes for an emotional read at times.The one reason that I gave this book four stars instead of five is that sometimes I felt like it was hard to get into at times. Sometimes it was hard to stay in the story and sometimes it seemed to go on a little long. But other than that, I really liked this book.If Dear Evan Hansen the musical has touched your life, than reading this novel is a must.*Book received through the Amazon Vine program*
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Somewhere between a three and a four. More to come.
  • Shahirah Loqman
    January 1, 1970
    As usual, DEH brought me to tears. Review to come soon.--Full review up on my blog: https://booklovesreviews.wordpress.co...Thank you Times Reads for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I'll fully admit that my rating for this book will be slightly skewed due to my love of the show and soundtrack, which I admit are better than this book. However, I still enjoyed getting a deeper insight and perspective into the characters that could only be provided via this medium. And while there are parts of this book this book that I'm certain readers are going to have issues with I still think the overall message is inspiring, hopeful, and so necessary in today's chaotic world. I need to r I'll fully admit that my rating for this book will be slightly skewed due to my love of the show and soundtrack, which I admit are better than this book. However, I still enjoyed getting a deeper insight and perspective into the characters that could only be provided via this medium. And while there are parts of this book this book that I'm certain readers are going to have issues with I still think the overall message is inspiring, hopeful, and so necessary in today's chaotic world. I need to really study my notes and try to separate book from show to produce a full review, but I do believe this novel serves as a solid standalone. If you haven't seen the show, or listened to the OBC album, you'll still understand Evan's plight. Stay tuned for my full review closer to pub date.
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  • Jennifer Girard
    January 1, 1970
    I'm SO excited for this book! I can't wait!
  • Cas
    January 1, 1970
    IM GONNA CRY IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS O H M Y G O D
  • Swetlana
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally published on The Caffeinated Bookworm Life. PacingFor the most part, I really enjoyed the pacing of Dear Evan Hansen. The only major complaint I have is the way the ending was handled.It felt like we spend about 90% of the book building up to the big reveal and for things to come crumbling down which happened for the last 10% of the book. That’s something I personally don’t enjoy at all. Something similar happened in A Gathering Of Shadows which affected my overall fee This review was originally published on The Caffeinated Bookworm Life. PacingFor the most part, I really enjoyed the pacing of Dear Evan Hansen. The only major complaint I have is the way the ending was handled.It felt like we spend about 90% of the book building up to the big reveal and for things to come crumbling down which happened for the last 10% of the book. That’s something I personally don’t enjoy at all. Something similar happened in A Gathering Of Shadows which affected my overall feelings about the book quite a bit. I prefer for books to be evenly spread out as far as pacing goes.I would actually kind of compare this to the way Sierra Burgess Is A Loser was written. We know the big reveal is going to be happening at some point and so will the resolution but it all happens in the last 5-10 minutes of an almost two-hour long movie. I want more than that. I feel like the viewer and/or reader deserves more than that.CharactersDear Evan Hansen is written in the first person, so we only really get to know Evan quite well and everyone else is only seen through Evan’s lense and doesn’t get nearly as much development, in my opinion.I finished this book just this past weekend but I honestly couldn’t tell you much about the characters and what they’re about already. None of them really stuck out to me in any kind of way and I don’t really think any of them will really stick with me.We all want to read stories about characters who stick with us days, weeks and/or months after we’ve finished the book but these just aren’t going to be those characters for me, I’m afraid. But since reading is such a personal experience, I hope you guys end up enjoying these characters and their stories so much more than I did!EnjoymentThis is such a weird thing to say for me. I read the majority of this book during the DEARathon that I joined last minute and that Caro was participating in too, so we ended up talking about our reading progress and what we were thinking about the books we were reading.And whenever I talked about Dear Evan Hansen I would say that I was really enjoying the book. And I did, don’t get me wrong. In the moment, as I was reading it, I did enjoy it. But now that I’ve finished it and had a bit of time to think about it, my overall enjoyment of the book wasn’t as great as it in the moment.So, do you rate the book based solely on how you felt as you were reading it or do you take into consideration the way you feel after you’ve finished it and had some time to think about it more?
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Prior to cracking open this book I had no knowledge about its subject matter. I, of course, knew it was a Broadway musical but it had somehow never occurred to me to wonder about the subject matter. I like Broadway musicals therefore I grabbed the advance copy off the shelf, end of story.In a way, Dear Evan Hansen begins at the end of the story. I'm going to let the cat out of the bag here folks, Connor Murphy, a central character, dies. Not a spoiler as the reader obtains this knowledge in the Prior to cracking open this book I had no knowledge about its subject matter. I, of course, knew it was a Broadway musical but it had somehow never occurred to me to wonder about the subject matter. I like Broadway musicals therefore I grabbed the advance copy off the shelf, end of story.In a way, Dear Evan Hansen begins at the end of the story. I'm going to let the cat out of the bag here folks, Connor Murphy, a central character, dies. Not a spoiler as the reader obtains this knowledge in the book's opening sentence. From there the story backtracks as our protagonist, Evan Hansen, narrates how his involvement in the aftermath of his classmate's suicide took on a life of its own. Evan is a high school senior struggling with social anxiety. When an assignment from his therapist is misinterpreted it sets off a chain of events. What follows brings to the forefront the question of whether it is ever okay to lie. Do the ends justify the means if not telling the truth alleviates a grieving family's suffering? What if the continuation of a falsehood inspires others to seek help? Is there even such a thing as right and wrong?Now, although I would highly recommend this novel I'm not sure how it works as a musical. Suicide is not exactly a singing matter. However, The Laramie Project was an excellent stage play, though not a musical, so I might be pleasantly surprised. If anyone would like to purchase a ticket to the Ahmanson Theatre for me so I can find out, I would extend my gratitude. On the other hand, since I have read Dear Evan Hansen, it might make more sense for me to see something else. That being the case, my top three Broadway picks are: The Book of Mormon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Legally Blonde.
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  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    An arc of this book was sent to me by LBYR/The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.rating: 4.75 / 5 “Dear Evan Hansen,Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today, no matter what else, you’re you. No hiding. No lying. Just you.” Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is based on the award winning Broadway musical. I found myself quickly devouring this book while listening to the musical (because why not?!).— plotTHIS BOOK HAS SUCH AN AMAZING PLOT! I An arc of this book was sent to me by LBYR/The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.rating: 4.75 / 5 “Dear Evan Hansen,Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today, no matter what else, you’re you. No hiding. No lying. Just you.” Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is based on the award winning Broadway musical. I found myself quickly devouring this book while listening to the musical (because why not?!).— plotTHIS BOOK HAS SUCH AN AMAZING PLOT! I know I probably didn’t need to mention this considering it is based on the musical, but I just couldn’t help but love it SOOOOO much! I really enjoyed that this book explored more and added depth into the backstories of the characters. I enjoyed that this story explored some serious subjects, such as anxiety, depression, and suicide, and depicted it in a way that felt so real and believable.— charactersTHE CHARACTERS ARE LEGIT MY FAVORITE EVER. They were just so relatable and were unbelievably complex and deep. I found myself being able to connect more with the characters in this book more than I ever could from the musical. It dealt with so many issues that many of us experience in our lives.— writingI loved how the author(s) retold this story, recreating the scenes, developing the characters’ and their stories, and adding humor. I really liked that they added Connor’s point of view, and it allowed us to see more about the circumstances of Connor’s death as well as what his thoughts were. I also loved that some of the lyrics from DEH were woven in this story, I won’t lie and say I squealed every time I saw one.
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  • Cori Reed
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I enjoyed this book, it felt a bit lacking. I'm a big fan of the musical, but I think that if I were not I probably would have got very little from this. A fan of Dear Evan Hansen? Read it. Not a fan? Maybe skip.
  • Lauren Parrott
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Evan Hansen,Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today, no matter what else, you’re you. No hiding. No lying. Just you. I feel like I should start off this review in mentioning that I’m currently listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. And, upon finishing the book a few days back, I wanted to play it every free second I got. This story is so important for today’s world, and I absolutely cannot wait for it to hit shelves this October. (A HUGE thank you to the woman t Dear Evan Hansen,Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today, no matter what else, you’re you. No hiding. No lying. Just you. I feel like I should start off this review in mentioning that I’m currently listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. And, upon finishing the book a few days back, I wanted to play it every free second I got. This story is so important for today’s world, and I absolutely cannot wait for it to hit shelves this October. (A HUGE thank you to the woman that handed me this ARC at BookExpo!) Based off the hit Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel follows Evan Hansen, a self-proclaimed tree expert, as a white lie he told purely to comfort grieving parents of a classmate spirals out of control and turns into a Go-Fund Me Campaign. Evan used to be invisible at school, and he would give anything to have that back.Characters. Characters. Characters.These characters are absolutely incredible and so unbelievably complex for fictional human being. I haven’t stopped thinking about them since the moment I set the book down. First, there’s Connor Murphy, the classmate that took his own life. (Trust me, this isn’t a spoiler. I stupidly thought it was the biggest plot twists of all plot twists because I hadn’t even read the synopsis before delving in.) In the book, there are chapters which outline Connor’s thoughts and his mental state during that moment. Then, obviously, there’s Evan Hansen who is almost always thinking about what other people are thinking of him. There’s Zoe, Connor’s sister, and she wants to be known as her own person. And there’s so many others. There is a character for every single reader to relate to and, in a world like ours, that’s so important.Considering this a Broadway adaption, I feel like it’s unnecessary to even mention how great the plot is. But this story is honestly unlike any other, and I’m just upset with myself that I didn’t jump on the Dear Evan Hansen obsession train sooner. But I’m here now. Trust me.Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel touches on such relevant issues in a unique way, I’m not sure there’s quite another story just like this one. Please do yourself a huge favor and pick it up when it comes out in October. If you need me, I’ll be trying to buy tickets to see it.500000 out of 5
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest review.I'll be honest with you: I wasn't totally in love with the this book, and it wasn't because of the writing. The writing was phenomenal, the characters were well developed, and the overall story was fast paced and easy to read. I loved that it brought so many mental health topics to the table, but there were a few things that made me feel uncomfortable, which I will talk about here in a bit.First I'll mention the trigger warnings: suicide, sel ARC provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest review.I'll be honest with you: I wasn't totally in love with the this book, and it wasn't because of the writing. The writing was phenomenal, the characters were well developed, and the overall story was fast paced and easy to read. I loved that it brought so many mental health topics to the table, but there were a few things that made me feel uncomfortable, which I will talk about here in a bit.First I'll mention the trigger warnings: suicide, self harm, bullying, anxiety, depression.Dear Evan Hansen follows Evan, a high school senior who has horrible anxiety. Under the direction of his doctor, he writes a letter to himself each day. But things don't go so well one day when a letter to himself ends up in the wrong hands. And, unrelated to that letter, a classmate commits suicide. Due to a misunderstanding, the parents of that classmate finds Evan's letter. What happens next is a series of events that chronicles grief, mental health, and how powerful the role of social media plays in this day and age.While I truly did enjoy reading this book and getting to understand Evan, I felt uncomfortable with how suicide was used as a tool for Evan's "fame". So although I appreciated the message behind this book, and I was totally rooting for Evan to come out of his shell and discover himself, I was disappointed that someone had to die by suicide for his character to develop.But what bothered me the most was Evan's constant lying. Just so many lies to a grieving family, to his girlfriend, to his mother. I grew more and more uncomfortable as he fell deeper into those lies and his internet notoriety grew. The grieving family took him in and treated him as their son, and yet he just kept lying to them. Over and over. I just... felt so bad.So, as you can imagine, I was simply dreading the end of this book, because you just know things are going to totally blow up. Which leads me to this: the ending wrapped up rather abruptly and fast when I was just expecting something more.But I truly did love the message and themes behind this book, and that certain characters were able to find peace. I also believe the overall awareness this book brought to mental health is so important and cannot be ignored. I know this book (and musical) means so much to so many people, so I still encourage you to pick this up (if you're in the right head space). I just think this book may have not been 100% for me, and that's totally okay. I still enjoyed my time reading this and hope you will too.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I found myself kind of over all the cringe worthy scenes in this. There were some lines that had me laughing, but mainly cringing throughout reading.
  • Astrid
    January 1, 1970
    Today is gonna be a good day and here's why: because they announced an ACTUAL NOVELIZATION of DEAR EVAN HANSEN which is gonna come out ON MY BIRTHDAY. SIGN. ME. UP.
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars from me.I was captivated by this novel. Evan's story shattered everything about me and now I need a hug... and possible a warm blanket along with some chocolate.-------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I have been struggling for days on how to properly write this review. Why the struggle? You know how it goes – if I don’t like a book I can easily type 5000 words or more and give in depth details as to why I didn’t like particular people/places/thing 4.5 stars from me.I was captivated by this novel. Evan's story shattered everything about me and now I need a hug... and possible a warm blanket along with some chocolate.-------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I have been struggling for days on how to properly write this review. Why the struggle? You know how it goes – if I don’t like a book I can easily type 5000 words or more and give in depth details as to why I didn’t like particular people/places/things. But if I love a story, the right words needed to express myself escape me. This story, my dear readers, is one that is still with me and I still feel everything for Evan. It is just so good that I almost don’t know what to do with myself.Short recap: Evan Hansen was never the popular or outgoing kid in school. His mother even knows he leads an isolated life. Evan has a therapist to help him overcome some big issues. One thing he is tasked with is writing letters to himself… they are meant to be inspirational or whatever he is feeling at the time. He brings them to his sessions and they discuss. Pretty simple, no? Everything changes when one of Evan’s letters – a letter that is real and raw – is stolen from him by a bully, Connor Murphy. Things get even worse after something awful happens to Connor and Evan’s letter is found on him. It is implied that Connor and Evan were secret best friends. Suddenly Evan is the most popular boy in school, everyone loves him, everyone wants to talk to him and hear what he has to say… everything starts to go Evan’s way… if only he can keep up the lie. Can Evan keep stringing everyone along? Can he live in the fake friendship and world he has created?I pretty much went into this story blind, as I do with most books. I only knew this was based on a musical but seeing as I have not been to many musicals, I did not know the particulars of the story. Be that as it may, I feel that not knowing about the musical did not improve or worsen my reading experience. I had nothing to compare the story to so I was free to experience fully and without reservation. I do believe that was the correct way to go. I allowed myself to welcome Evan into my life and go on this journey with him. And what a journey it was…When I say everything about this story took hold of me, I mean it. The characters were the absolute shining star of the entire novel. Evan was brilliantly complex and believably flawed. He preferred to be alone but at the same time wanted to have friends. I’m sure we all feel that way at some point in our lives, I know I related to that trait. Maybe that’s why he chose to tell that little white lie that grew into something bigger than anyone could have ever imagined – the idea of being someone’s friend, the idea of mattering to someone. No lie, that’s a pretty powerful incentive in my book. But it was how Evan kept the lie going that really gripped me. I was bewitched by Evan and could not put his story down. I was in this one for the long haul.The writing style seriously blew me away. I felt it was masterfully written and flowed so well. I was quickly turning the pages nonstop and before I knew it, the story was over. Talk about a quick read! But while it may have been a fast story to get through, it was not easy. There are very, very tough topics covered: suicide, bullying, lying, and more. Those are never easy to read but they cannot be easy to write about either. The authors of this novel did an excellent job of not making this a “preachy” story. I never felt it was an After-School Special. The topics within the pages of this book are handled very well.You may be wondering when/if I will give more detail into exactly what happened … sorry! You won’t find those here. Other reviews, perhaps, but not here. You know how I operate. I want to hook you with the premise and hope that you give the book a chance for yourself. I know there is already a lot of hype around this book and I’m here to tell you that it is all deserved. This book was everything I wanted and hoped it might be. It had me wondering what I would do if I were in Evan’s place. I’d like to think I know what I would do but I wouldn’t know unless the situation presented itself.I’m rambling! See what this book makes me do! Now this is me imploring you to add this to your TBR if you have not already. Borrow from your library or borrow from a friend (if your friends are the sort to lend their precious out…). If there is one book that I urge you to read this season, it is this book. You’ll thank me later.
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  • Grace (gracefulreads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.25/5 StarsFirst of all, this is a book I never thought would exist let alone be something I would read and be very entertained by. DEAR EVAN HANSEN never seemed like something I would be interested in, but I now want to see what I may think of other stories from Broadway.I have never seen a play on Broadway and don’t typically watch musicals. Having heard so many wonderful comments about DEAR EVAN HANSEN, I was very excited about the novelization. I didn’t know what the story was about at all 4.25/5 StarsFirst of all, this is a book I never thought would exist let alone be something I would read and be very entertained by. DEAR EVAN HANSEN never seemed like something I would be interested in, but I now want to see what I may think of other stories from Broadway.I have never seen a play on Broadway and don’t typically watch musicals. Having heard so many wonderful comments about DEAR EVAN HANSEN, I was very excited about the novelization. I didn’t know what the story was about at all going into it, and that made the reading experience so much better. I’m surprised, but reading the book makes me want to see the musical. I am very curious about how the story is portrayed that way and what changed must have been made in adapting it. I went through this story wondering about these differences, but Val Emmich did a fantastic job making this book stand on its own.The plot direction was not quite what I was expecting, but it did not fail to keep me entertained. Because I went in blind about the story, some aspects probably shocked me more than others (Connor's suicide, specifically). As soon as I was past that first surprise, I became relatively confident about where the story would go from there, but, surprisingly, that didn't make the story any less enjoyable. Relying heavily on lies spiraling out of control, the plot drew me into the impending trainwreck that was bound to cause. I was skeptical initially about the element of Connor’s chapters, but I think they really were necessary. At some points, I really needed to get out of Evan’s head for a moment because it was just so gloomy and real. While much about Evan and his relationships frustrated me, I definitely understood how could become caught in such a web of lies even if I wanted him so badly to fess up and tell the truth.I appreciated that DEAR EVAN HANSEN was messy, raw, and downright emotional. High school is hard, and I think YA sometimes glazes over how draining it can be for some people. I am so glad I read this book and know what the DEAR EVAN HANSEN craze is all about. Ultimately, I left this book feeling introspective and incredibly impressed by the novelization, primarily because that was not the original medium for telling this story. Even if I have not seen the musical, I believe fans of it will love this novel, and those who have not seen it like me will enjoy it all the same.*I was provided an ARC from the publisher as part of the Teenreads.com Teen Board in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to TheNovl for sending me a copy of this to read and review. "Maybe he'll start climbing, one branch at a time, and he'll keep going, even when it seems like he can't find another foothold. Even when it feels hopeless. Like everything is telling him to let go. Maybe this time he won't let go. This time he'll hold on. He'll keep going." Words fail to express how amazing this book was and how I felt about it (pun very much intended. 😏)I'm just going to start off by saying this first, bec Thank you to TheNovl for sending me a copy of this to read and review. "Maybe he'll start climbing, one branch at a time, and he'll keep going, even when it seems like he can't find another foothold. Even when it feels hopeless. Like everything is telling him to let go. Maybe this time he won't let go. This time he'll hold on. He'll keep going." Words fail to express how amazing this book was and how I felt about it (pun very much intended. 😏)I'm just going to start off by saying this first, because it's probably what you're here reading this review for anyway. You MUST pick up this book when it comes out. If you're a big fan of the musical and you were sceptical of this novel, don't be, you'll adore it! If you've never listened to or seen the musical but you're interested and love the message, pick up this novel. If you are at all intrigued by the story or anything about this book or the musical, you will not regret picking up this novel!This PERFECTLY captured the musical, the story and the characters, especially Evan Hansen as this is his story. I really shouldn't be surprised since the Playwriter and the musical composers of DEH helped write this book but for whatever reason I was shocked and amazed. Evan's voice is so distinct in this and while I usually don't mesh well with first person point of view this was so perfectly written. I absolutely love how well the actual music and lyrics were threaded into this book. It's spread into dialogue and forms of actual songs in this world and other such things. It was just another way to perfectly capture the musical in novel form. Though I had to resist from bursting into song every time lyrics showed up.  We also get so much more depth in the characters then I felt like we did in the musical. Especially if you just simply listen to the album. Specifically Evan himself, and Connor. If you don't see the musical we don't see much of Connor often but we get to learn about him in this book in a whole new way and it made it all the more special and emotional. We also got so much more into Evan's character and it was amazing. I know I've already mentioned the writing but it deserves all the attention! This book was so incredibly well written. It flowed well, it wasn't cringy, it was beautiful and I just loved it!There's so many important messages wrapped up in this book. I can't even begin to unravel them. I'm especially now at a time where re-listening and reading this novel, and seeing it come to life on these pages is something I needed. I've been struggling a lot and this story is a comfort in a way. It's raw and emotional and not necessarily a happy story. It doesn't have a necessarily happy ending either but it's real which makes it what it truly is and why I think the musical is so loved and what will make this book so loved. Basically you need to pick up this book as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Evan is a pretty reprehensible characters but I really enjoyed the book. Nothing about it was "right" in terms of how Evan behaved or treated a grieving family. But in the end, he's not redeemed, and there's something satisfying about seeing how deep he'd get himself in and then, in the end, he wouldn't come out without a lot weighing on his conscious. I have no connection to the play, and this is easy to enjoy as a stand alone. It's about a boy who lies about being friends with a kid who died b Evan is a pretty reprehensible characters but I really enjoyed the book. Nothing about it was "right" in terms of how Evan behaved or treated a grieving family. But in the end, he's not redeemed, and there's something satisfying about seeing how deep he'd get himself in and then, in the end, he wouldn't come out without a lot weighing on his conscious. I have no connection to the play, and this is easy to enjoy as a stand alone. It's about a boy who lies about being friends with a kid who died by suicide, as a means of comforting that family (and earning some attention for himself). It's awkward and compelling. The Vivian Meier stuff made me hate Evan a little more, seeing how much he didn't really know about her or her story. And it's telling how he really loved this woman because of the story about how a man discovered this hidden talent (which is itself the story: a dude centers himself as the hero) (I have more Vivian Meier feelings than this review merits). Downsides: this book is super white. Connor is, as we learn, gay, but otherwise, it's pretty one-tone, one-note.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a little while to get into this book, but it picked up pretty fast and is definitely a more-ish tale of hope, embarrassment, anxiety and grief. Evan is a hard character to get to know because he’s so awkward, but I do like that about him. His relationship with his mum is painful but also sweet, and his one with Zoe is so cute. I don’t like second hand embarrassment so I did really struggle with that - the cringe factor was pretty high in places. But overall it was worth it as the tale It took me a little while to get into this book, but it picked up pretty fast and is definitely a more-ish tale of hope, embarrassment, anxiety and grief. Evan is a hard character to get to know because he’s so awkward, but I do like that about him. His relationship with his mum is painful but also sweet, and his one with Zoe is so cute. I don’t like second hand embarrassment so I did really struggle with that - the cringe factor was pretty high in places. But overall it was worth it as the tale is very heart warming! I’m not familiar with the musical but I shall definitely check it out.
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  • emily t
    January 1, 1970
    h y p e
  • Lunabookaddict
    January 1, 1970
    4,5/5 ♡
  • Kori (_livelaughread)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved all of the soundtrack lyrics woven into this, but there was just something missing for me! Maybe because I know the story so well already?
  • Andrea Tome
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone should read this book 💙
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsWhen I picked up Dear Evan Hansen, I had no idea what to expect. Somehow I’ve been living with my head under a rock and didn’t even know about the musical. Luckily, Dear Evan Hansen utterly enchanted me from the very first page. The writing was so easy to read and the story was so engrossing that I actually finished the whole book in one sitting.After Connor Murphy dies by suicide, Evan Hansen is faced with a choice. Does he admit that the letter Connor’s family thinks is his su Rating: 4.5 starsWhen I picked up Dear Evan Hansen, I had no idea what to expect. Somehow I’ve been living with my head under a rock and didn’t even know about the musical. Luckily, Dear Evan Hansen utterly enchanted me from the very first page. The writing was so easy to read and the story was so engrossing that I actually finished the whole book in one sitting.After Connor Murphy dies by suicide, Evan Hansen is faced with a choice. Does he admit that the letter Connor’s family thinks is his suicide note is actually Evan’s letter to himself, composed as a therapy exercise? Or does he go along with it and pretend Connor was his best friend? When Evan picks the lie, everything begins to spiral out of control in ways he never could have imagined.Evan was such a relatable and endearing character. I think that most readers will easily be able to connect with him and Connor. Both of them were so complex and deep. It was fascinating to see how both of their characters developed over the course of the novel. I loved that the book alternated between their viewpoints, the inclusion of Connor added so much depth to the story. The secondary characters were also well-developed, which made the novel feel that much more real.The plot was just overall fantastic. There were a few scenes that really hit me hard. Additionally, Emmich included more humor than I was expecting, so I laughed about as much as I cried while reading. I loved that Dear Evan Hansen explored anxiety, depression, and suicide. The themes of loneliness, isolation, and authenticity are increasingly important in this age of social media.Dear Evan Hansen was a relatable, fun read that dealt with some relevant and heavy themes in a unique way. If you enjoyed the musical, definitely consider picking up this book. If you haven’t seen it, then still pick up this book but be prepared to want to see the musical afterward.*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • BooksAreLife
    January 1, 1970
    whaaaaaaat a DEH novel??????????????
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