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

  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of this novel. I started out absolutely loving it, but it was very lacking in the end. I’ve never seen or listened to the soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen but still managed to find enjoyment in the story. I just wish it had made a larger impact for me.TW: anxiety, depression, suicide, talk of drug useI did enjoy Evan as a character. I felt his struggle with anxiety was extremely well written – it felt very honest and real. I liked his voice as a narrator and enjoy I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of this novel. I started out absolutely loving it, but it was very lacking in the end. I’ve never seen or listened to the soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen but still managed to find enjoyment in the story. I just wish it had made a larger impact for me.TW: anxiety, depression, suicide, talk of drug useI did enjoy Evan as a character. I felt his struggle with anxiety was extremely well written – it felt very honest and real. I liked his voice as a narrator and enjoyed getting to know him as a character. Unfortunately, I felt many of the other characters were underdeveloped. There were remnants of personalities there and traits to enjoy for each character, but they were nowhere near as well rounded as Evan. I actually really enjoyed the secondary characters like Zoe and Jared, but they just didn’t receive enough attention.I was surprised to find that this novel takes place from two people’s perspectives. This was a point of intrigue for me as I was not expecting it and felt it contributed much to the novel! I just wish the two point’s of views were more balance. I understand this is Evan’s story and it’s necessary for the majority of the book to take place through his eyes, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when one character’s perspective greatly outweighs the other. I feel I would have enjoyed a few less chapters from Evan and a few more from the other narrator to make it more even between the two.My main gripe is mostly with the overall plot of the novel. While I’m always happy to see more novels that focus on mental health awareness and I was pleased with the representation of anxiety, I can’t help but feel unsettled by the way suicide is presented in this novel. Dear Evan Hansen follows a boy who write letters to himself as a therapy assignment but one of his letters is stolen and later found in the pocket of a boy who has recently died of suicide. The family believes their late son wrote the letter to Evan and assumes they were best friends, so Evan begins to fabricate a deep and meaningful relationship to placate the family. I can’t help but dislike the way Evan takes every ounce of autonomy away from Connor after his death, not only speaking for him to his family, but essentially to the world. It almost kind of made me disgusted at a certain point that essentially a stranger to Connor was controlling the narrative of his life when Connor can’t speak for himself. I’m so encouraging of books about mental health and telling stories of those who survive victims of suicide, but I can’t stand it when the person’s death becomes a path to self-discovery. In truth, I probably could have forgiven a lot of that if the ending appropriately addressed the mistakes Evan made and the damage he caused, but the resolution was not strong enough for me. It’s not as if I think Evan deserves to have his life ruined, but there were just not enough consequences to justify the story in my opinion.Overall, I somewhat enjoyed Dear Evan Hansen, but it wasn’t as fulfilling as I expected. I’ve heard there are significant changes to the source material in the novelization, so I would not judge the play based on the book. I’m still interested in the musical, but I definitely would not re read the book.This book was sent to me or free by Little Brown. I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own.
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  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 20% Video review - https://youtu.be/w9617uq7Kk0?t=1235I’m sure the musical is lovely and I definitely want to see it but unfortunately the book just isn’t interesting me.
  • Bryne
    January 1, 1970
    A YA BOOK ADAPTATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS? KINKY!!!!
  • Charlotte May
    January 1, 1970
    "No one deserves to be forgotten, no one deserves to fade away. No one should come and go and have no one know he was ever even here. No one should flicker out or have any doubt that it matters that they are here. No one deserves to disappear." Well this was every bit as lush as I hoped it would be 💖😭I've listened to a few of the songs from the theatre soundtrack and have been desperate to watch the show for ages (unfortunately it's not being shown in the UK yet) so when I saw Dear Evan Hansen "No one deserves to be forgotten, no one deserves to fade away. No one should come and go and have no one know he was ever even here. No one should flicker out or have any doubt that it matters that they are here. No one deserves to disappear." Well this was every bit as lush as I hoped it would be 💖😭I've listened to a few of the songs from the theatre soundtrack and have been desperate to watch the show for ages (unfortunately it's not being shown in the UK yet) so when I saw Dear Evan Hansen was being made into a novel - I had to have it!Evan Hansen is a loner, he has severe anxiety and is basically invisible. When he breaks his arm, his mum sees it as an opportunity for him to talk to people, maybe get some signatures on his cast. In the meantime, he goes to therapy, and writes letters to himself as part of his therapy to create a more positive mind set. One of these letters to himself is picked up by Connor Murphy, who misinterprets its meaning and steals it, after writing his name in giant letters across Evan's cast. Despite having never spoken before.The next day Connor is found to have committed suicide. No one knew him, so when his parents find Evan's letter in Connor's pocket addressed 'Dear Evan Hansen' they believe Connor wrote it to Evan and that they were friends.Pretty soon Evan is in way over his head. Connor's whole family believe he and Connor were best friends, Evan starts dating Connor's sister Zoe and he creates fake email conversations between him and Connor with the help of his 'friend' Jared'.When they didn't know where to aim their rage. Or how to endure their isolation. Or reverse their mistakes. Or not give up" At times quite difficult to read, as we know the truth, and it's only a matter of time before it all comes out.I loved Evan's flawed but lovable character, and despite the lie, a lot of good comes from it when he creates 'the Connor Project'. A website designed to raise money and help those struggling with mental health. We find out about Evan's background and how he actually broke his arm, and the entire novel is just wonderful. No one is perfect. But no one should be alone."If the pain is in you, it's in you. It follows you everywhere. Can't outrun it. Can't erase it. Can't push it away; it only comes back."
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  • chan ☆
    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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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first time reading a novel based on a play. And you know what? Even though I had no idea what to expect and had mildly bad experiences with novelizations in the past, this was quite the positive experience.It becomes obvious after the first couple of chapters that this story was modified to fit the novel format because of the way certain scenes unfold or the text itself, but that only adds to the specialness of the book. The idea is unique: a dead teenager is found with what appears This was my first time reading a novel based on a play. And you know what? Even though I had no idea what to expect and had mildly bad experiences with novelizations in the past, this was quite the positive experience.It becomes obvious after the first couple of chapters that this story was modified to fit the novel format because of the way certain scenes unfold or the text itself, but that only adds to the specialness of the book. The idea is unique: a dead teenager is found with what appears to be a suicide note in his pockets, pushing the parents to reach out to whom the letter is addressed—Evan Hansen. But it was Evan who wrote the letter… to himself. And now he’s involved in something he didn’t want part of, but that may be the best thing that has happened to him despite the tragedy of the situation.I thoroughly enjoyed the story, writing, light love story, mental health theme, and Evan Hansen as well as the people in his life. Evan is someone imperfect. He lies. He overlooks. He dodges. He hides. And yet, you can’t help but sympathize and wish for things in his life to turn around. You even understand many of the bad choices he makes, for they are difficult. At least I did.Apparently the play doesn’t even compare to the book, that’s how incredible it is, but alas I will never know. I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to follow Evan Hansen as he navigates his last year of high school, makes new friends and tries to deal with a very delicate situation. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • leslie hamod
    January 1, 1970
    Actually written as a YA, it has become a bestselling Broadway play! "Today is going to be an amazing day and here is why..." Why do we feel alone in the world? What causes someone to do something out of character for the same of belonging?We have: A letter never meant to be seenA boy's chance to be acceptedA family's griefA lieNever Even Hanson has told a whopper! And as we know "oh what a tangled web we weave.. When first we practice to deceive"!A young boy is dead and his family is grief stri Actually written as a YA, it has become a bestselling Broadway play! "Today is going to be an amazing day and here is why..." Why do we feel alone in the world? What causes someone to do something out of character for the same of belonging?We have: A letter never meant to be seenA boy's chance to be acceptedA family's griefA lieNever Even Hanson has told a whopper! And as we know "oh what a tangled web we weave.. When first we practice to deceive"!A young boy is dead and his family is grief stricken. In comes Evan Hansen!IHe tells the lie. He, he declares was the boy's best friend.Wow! Suddenly he is accepted! But as with all lies, he begins to believe himself. He is sucked into emotions, more lies and confusion.His one problem, HIMSELF!A simple lie leads to complicated truths.This is a delicious coming of age story with all the angst, entanglements, longing and trouble that go along with it!There is both humour and sadness.We live in a society which makes things all the more complex. Instant connectivity couples with profound loneliness!A well written story, funny and sad, touching at the bruised places in the reader's heart. Beautiful words and ugly situations. A perfect plot and such real and fallible characters you cannot help but love them! A triumph of wit, real life pride and satire! A MUST READ!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!! I am obsessed with the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack, I mean OBSESSED. It’s been on constant repeat on my Spotify for months and I have tickets to see it on Broadway in May (YAY), so when I saw there was a book, I jumped in to read it. It was really fun to listen to the sound track as the book was playing, I just knew when each song would fit after being so familiar with the songs. “I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I sa 4.5 stars!! I am obsessed with the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack, I mean OBSESSED. It’s been on constant repeat on my Spotify for months and I have tickets to see it on Broadway in May (YAY), so when I saw there was a book, I jumped in to read it. It was really fun to listen to the sound track as the book was playing, I just knew when each song would fit after being so familiar with the songs. “I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I said mattered, to anyone. I mean, let's face it: would anybody even notice if I disappeared tomorrow?” Evan Hansen is a teenager who doesn’t quite fit in. So is Connor Murphy. When Connor is found with Evan’s letter, the one that he wrote to himself, it’s easy to fall to the assumption that Evan and Connor were best friends. This lie is so easy for Evan to keep going. It gives him something he’s never had before. A feeling of belonging. But Evan can’t keep up the lie for forever. Even though he does a lot of good and reaches a lot of people, he can’t stand living a lie. When the truth comes out, it’s hard to know what will happen with Evan. Evan is someone I think a lot of people can relate to. I love this coming of age story. It’s beautiful, the story itself, especially the lyrics (PLEASE listen to this soundtrack- it’s epic) and I loved it. An important YA story with a message that is moving and an unforgettable read!
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Boy, this is a tough one. If you’re not familiar, Dear Evan Hansen is actually a story originally presented as . . . . . And it is good. SO. GOOD. Like give them all the Tony Awards good. And the touring company is coming here soon and I’m sooooooo hoping tickets will be available so me and my fellow songlover kid can attend. But my reaction to the book????? Here’s the pickle I’m in. This was so much more than a novelization. It was f Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Boy, this is a tough one. If you’re not familiar, Dear Evan Hansen is actually a story originally presented as . . . . . And it is good. SO. GOOD. Like give them all the Tony Awards good. And the touring company is coming here soon and I’m sooooooo hoping tickets will be available so me and my fellow songlover kid can attend. But my reaction to the book????? Here’s the pickle I’m in. This was so much more than a novelization. It was full length and well written to boot. The problem? Evan is kind of an awful unlikeable character for a goodly chunk (like 90% of the thing) until the reader/audience really gets to know what makes him HIM and you can become sympathetic to him making this just a cringey type of read. And the character who IS automatically the one you want to get to know more? Well, unfortunately he’s dead . . . . So the chapters from his perspective are few and far between.Obviously other things were missing in the print version as well. Like . . . . And . . . . That boy is just farking adorable.I’m always looking for stuff to listen to during the commute, but since I only spend about 20 minutes in the car each way I’m pretty particular about what I want. Funny, short, or something I’m already familiar with in some way are generally winners. Probably goes without saying the narrator needs to not suck (narrator definitely does not suck here). If you’re a lover of YA you won’t be wasting your time here – same goes for if you’re a crazy completionist superfan (trust me, no judgment). As for me? My family is just happy I’ve changed up the playlist I sing while I’m dusting, vacuuming, washing dishes, doing laundry, taking a shower awake . . . . They’re a lucky bunch . . . . .
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  • 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.26/11/18Finally decided to give it 3.5 stars!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Oh gosh, this one grabbed me right away. Evan Hansen deals with anxiety and doesn’t have friends. His therapist has his write letters to himself as a way to work on communication. When a bully at school steals the letter, Evan panics for days…. (view spoiler)[ until Connor turns up dead ☹ and his parents believe his last words were to Evan, and that Evan was Connor’s only friend. (hide spoiler)] From this point on, Evan is trapped in a cycle of wanting to make things right and not knowing the wa Oh gosh, this one grabbed me right away. Evan Hansen deals with anxiety and doesn’t have friends. His therapist has his write letters to himself as a way to work on communication. When a bully at school steals the letter, Evan panics for days…. (view spoiler)[ until Connor turns up dead ☹ and his parents believe his last words were to Evan, and that Evan was Connor’s only friend. (hide spoiler)] From this point on, Evan is trapped in a cycle of wanting to make things right and not knowing the way out. Complicating things is Connor’s sister, Zoe, who Evan has had a crush on all along, and who suspects the truth. A sad and well-written tale. Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler)[ suicide (hide spoiler)]Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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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.
  • Leore
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay read. I'm very familiar with the musical adaptation of the book which I enjoy to an extent and this was very similar. There were times where I was interested and I thought the book was sending a good message and other moments where it just seemed a bit stupid. I didn't get bored reading it though which is good and the writing although not amazing, didn't bother me at all. I listened to the audiobook version and I really liked the addition of a song playing from the musical whene This was an okay read. I'm very familiar with the musical adaptation of the book which I enjoy to an extent and this was very similar. There were times where I was interested and I thought the book was sending a good message and other moments where it just seemed a bit stupid. I didn't get bored reading it though which is good and the writing although not amazing, didn't bother me at all. I listened to the audiobook version and I really liked the addition of a song playing from the musical whenever a character sang in the book. If you want to read this, I recommend the audio for a more entertaining experience.2.5 stars.
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  • - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    . : ☾⋆ — 1 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!https://bit.ly/2P6fnt8unsurprisingly, the broadway show is overwhelmingly better. in a very confusing turn of events, though, i’m listening to de Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack as i write this review. i can’t reconcile my intense love for the musical with the utter, totally staggering MESS that this book was. i really can’t believe this is supposed to be the ‘official’ novelization of the show, because they’re just two completely different things. it kinda . : ☾⋆ — 1 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!https://bit.ly/2P6fnt8unsurprisingly, the broadway show is overwhelmingly better. in a very confusing turn of events, though, i’m listening to de Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack as i write this review. i can’t reconcile my intense love for the musical with the utter, totally staggering MESS that this book was. i really can’t believe this is supposed to be the ‘official’ novelization of the show, because they’re just two completely different things. it kinda makes me mad now that this book is #2 in the NYT best seller’s list (at the time that this review is being written), because this book was so astoundingly BAD and the thought that most people are buying it on the pretense that the show is really successful and therefore the novelization must be just as good? WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG.i haven’t read anything by Val Emmich before, so unfortunately i can’t be sure if this was just an issue of who actually wrote the novelization or otherwise, but Val Emmich’s writing style definitely did NOT match up with what the atmosphere and general aesthetic of the show is supposed to be. the nature of the plot is depressing enough, but the broadway show lifts it up and turns it into something warm and mostly comedic because the aesthetic of the show is NOT supposed to be depressing. the songs are (mostly) uplifting and inspiring, and the actors bring life to the characters and their stories with bright enthusiasm. so i really don’t know what happened here?? the characters are literally so bland, they could all be the same character talking to itself over and over again and you wouldn’t notice. and, my god, everyone is either depressing as hell or extremely obnoxious. unlikeable. everyone in this book is unlikeable. i’m disappointed because this really was one of my most expected releases of the year. i unfortunately (in hindsight, fortunately??) couldn’t get my hands on an ARC, so i very patiently waited for its release so that i could get it the very second it was available. it’s a testament to how bad it was that it took me almost a month to get through it, and i swear, by the time i reached the midway point, i was already skimming. i just wanted to be done with it. it was SO, SO, SO bad, you guys. so bad. this is besides the point, too, but i just realized that we didn’t learn anything new from this book that we didn’t already know from the musical?? in fact, i think the musical actually shows more?? so i’m not sure what the point of releasing this novelization is supposed to be. other than, you know, milking your fans dry of their money by releasing a shitty NYT best seller that you KNOW everyone will buy, no matter what. i’ve successfully been taken advantage of, and i’m very sad about it. it should’ve just stayed as a musical.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Happiest of Pub Day's to DEH! 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 toda Happiest of Pub Day's to DEH! 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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  • kayla ☕
    January 1, 1970
    Even when the dark comes crashing through, when you need someone to carry you, when you're broken on the ground, you will be found.words can't express how much i loved this. RTC tomorrow because i have a whole page of notes about all the good and the bad things related to this book cause i know a lot of people had mixed opinionsWhen you're falling in a forest and there's nobody around. Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
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  • Jennifer Girard
    January 1, 1970
    I felt in love with the musical a few months ago. It always been an emotional story for me ! I cried a lot while reading the novel. I laughed too of course cause Jared is hilarious (very bad but hilarious). I loved the part about Connor and the lyrics found in the book. I want to listen to the soundtrack once again and to see the musical!
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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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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    This book... could have been better. I feel like the execution was actually good, but the plot was lacking and what could have been more hard-hitting just wasn't.(i'm also very surprised that this is on the nyt bestselling list bc i haven't seen a lot of hype for this book? i guess there's more people anticipating this book in the musical fandom than the book fandom or smth)Part of my apprentice training at the park was learning the ranger code of ethics. There's a part in the handbook about bei This book... could have been better. I feel like the execution was actually good, but the plot was lacking and what could have been more hard-hitting just wasn't.(i'm also very surprised that this is on the nyt bestselling list bc i haven't seen a lot of hype for this book? i guess there's more people anticipating this book in the musical fandom than the book fandom or smth)Part of my apprentice training at the park was learning the ranger code of ethics. There's a part in the handbook about being honest in thought and deed. Unfortunately, the park ranger handbook makes no mention of how to survive of high school, or how to not make a bad situation worse.I listened to Two Total songs from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack before reading this book: "Anybody Have a Map?" & "Waving Through a Window" (which was on the radio constantly. like, stop). I don't think that listening to the album is a necessity, at all, to reading the book; however, if you loved the soundtrack then you probably would have enjoyed this book more??⟶ the utterly mediocre thingsEvan Hansen is an anxious, awkward, and- let's be real- boring high school student. I mean, can I really name many personality traits about him? He Likes Tree and He's An Awkward Boy. That's literally it. Oh, he also did park ranger apprentice training. In the first half, I thought Evan's characterization was trying too hard to be different and quirky and not like the social quo. But now, after reading the whole book, I don't dislike Evan. I just feel a mild indifference.I feel like this book tries to cover all the different parts of the Dear Evan Hansen musical, but the thing is: the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack is only 14 songs long. Something more brief and small is more hard-hitting and has more impact. The novel Dear Evan Hansen is almost 400 pages long. If something's mentioned briefly, it will not have the same emotional impact.For example: Evan Hansen's relationship with Zoe. In the soundtrack, you can tell that Evan Hansen and Zoe's relationship is important and meaningful. But in the novel... I know that their relationship is important to Evan, but it just was not... something that was emphasized enough to the point where I really cared. Of course, I really wouldn't care about this novel differing in that romantic aspect if it focused on Evan Hansen's character and his development more. However, that's not the case. I feel as if this book tried too hard to cover everything but ultimately, not one part really stood out. In the end, this book is honestly just an awkward mush. ⟶ the kind of good thingsOne of the good aspects of this novel that I really liked was how it was dual-perspective. It included narrative from Connor Murphy after his death, and I thought that actually looking at Connor's thoughts of the spectacle was really interesting and a unique divergence from the musical. Also, we got to see Connor's backstory, which (I'm pretty sure) wasn't in the musical. The second good aspect was how the rifts between families were crafted. The rift between Evan and his mother was painful and well-done in a way that you can't blame either of them for their disconnection. Evan's mother was trying to reach out and encourage Evan, but Evan was isolating himself and rejecting her futile attempts. Also! Connor Murphy is bi and that's the third good thing. ⟶ that other thingSo, uh, on page 51 (of the arc) Evan Hansen is excused for gym because of his cast, and the page says, "I do, however, hear her sigh as she sends me off to the bleachers. A few kids of a certain body type watch me with envy."Seriously. Was there really any need at all to specifically say "of a certain body type" there? The authors couldn't just say "A few kids watch me with envy." There would have been no difference. That added in detail is contributing nothing to the story, and it's frankly unnecessary and mean.Trigger warnings for mentions of suicide, drugs, and death.Thank you so much to Novl for sending me a copy of this book!
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  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book. It's like a slow motion train wreck and you know you should look away but you just can't stop watching it happen. Here's this boy, this nobody, who people barely remember. This boy who is scared of social interaction and doesn't know how to be like everyone else. He feels alone. He feels unknown. He feels lost.One chance encounter, one mistake, one misunderstanding and he tumbles head first down a rabbit hole of his own creation. He could have corrected Connor, could have corre I love this book. It's like a slow motion train wreck and you know you should look away but you just can't stop watching it happen. Here's this boy, this nobody, who people barely remember. This boy who is scared of social interaction and doesn't know how to be like everyone else. He feels alone. He feels unknown. He feels lost.One chance encounter, one mistake, one misunderstanding and he tumbles head first down a rabbit hole of his own creation. He could have corrected Connor, could have corrected Connor's parents, but his own anxiety gets in the way. Then he just wants to ease their pain, make them happy but one questionable choice leads to another and another and another until his up to his neck in his own fantasy and he can't see a way out. I loved Evan. Yes he made some choices that are morally...well, dark grey...but his desire to offer some kind of comfort to Connor's family is good. He just gets sidetracked by the popularity, the fame, the girl. Do I think Evan is a good guy? Yes. Do I think he went about things in a terrible way? Yes. But his heart is in the right place...mostly. I also loved having the bits with Connor. Watching this all unfold after he's gone. Starting to see what is really happening with Evan and seeing the symmetry with his own life. What ever Evan's methods, you can't argue that the outcome was good. He helped the family when they were overcome with grief, he started a movement in Connor's name, he reached people (albeit totally unintentionally) and made them connect with the story. He provided some light in the dark. And even when it all came crashing down, when he was back to being afraid and alone...there was still the orchard, still the movement and it helped heal the Murphy family. In the end, it helped to start and heal Evan. Also, someone needs to take me to see the musical. Like...right now.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t familiar with the show or the soundtrack when this was sent by the publisher as a “read it now”. It seems safe to say that if I wouldn’t have gotten that email, I probably wouldn’t have read it, even if I was intrigued by the synopsis. I liked Evan well enough. He’s struggling and wants someone to know him and it almost made sense why he did what he did. I wish I could say something about the other characters, but everyone seemed so clichéd and flat. I did like Connor’s chapters and the I wasn’t familiar with the show or the soundtrack when this was sent by the publisher as a “read it now”. It seems safe to say that if I wouldn’t have gotten that email, I probably wouldn’t have read it, even if I was intrigued by the synopsis. I liked Evan well enough. He’s struggling and wants someone to know him and it almost made sense why he did what he did. I wish I could say something about the other characters, but everyone seemed so clichéd and flat. I did like Connor’s chapters and they were sort of what kept me reading. Plot wise it was soooooooo slow. I read to 60% before I started skipping around and for me it didn’t really improve. I couldn’t settle into the story and spent a good portion of the book irritated that Evan kept lying. Oh, and he was such a dick to his mom. Overall, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I’m wondering if the show would have worked better for me. **Huge thanks to Poppy for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • v(^_^v)♪ Emilie ♪(v^_^)v
    January 1, 1970
    I cried. I cried a lot.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    “What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”- Walter ScottThis was a very intriguing story with a wide array of characters. I have wanted to read this since first hearing about it awhile back but the waitlist was pretty long so took a while to get my hands on a copy from the library. This could easily be a one day read, but unfortunately I was reading it during the holidays with a house full of people so took me days! Overall, I was really interested in seeing how the web of “What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”- Walter ScottThis was a very intriguing story with a wide array of characters. I have wanted to read this since first hearing about it awhile back but the waitlist was pretty long so took a while to get my hands on a copy from the library. This could easily be a one day read, but unfortunately I was reading it during the holidays with a house full of people so took me days! Overall, I was really interested in seeing how the web of lies unfolded because honestly the lies were BIG and serious. My quick and simple overall: a fascinating story that grips readers to the end because you cannot help but wonder what will happen when the truth reveals.
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  • Carlos
    January 1, 1970
    Great book , complicated main character. Worth the read .
  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    I have seen this book numerous times and didn't really give it much thought. I am now so glad a did.It brings to light the mixture of different people and emotions that are around when you are a teenager trying to make it through school. When Evan hears of the suicide of fellow loner Connor, he discovers Connor had in his possession a letter Evan wrote to himself as a part of the project his therapist set him. Connor's family then believe he was never a loner and Evan was his best friend. The la I have seen this book numerous times and didn't really give it much thought. I am now so glad a did.It brings to light the mixture of different people and emotions that are around when you are a teenager trying to make it through school. When Evan hears of the suicide of fellow loner Connor, he discovers Connor had in his possession a letter Evan wrote to himself as a part of the project his therapist set him. Connor's family then believe he was never a loner and Evan was his best friend. The last thing Evan wants to do is make Connor's family pain any worse.I will not forget this book in a hurry.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Probably more of a 3.5? In all honesty this is a great book, well-paced with a good message, but I just wasn’t all that invested in it. Maybe if I had read it sometime else, the outcome would’ve been different.
  • 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!
  • Jessica Jeffers
    January 1, 1970
    Somewhere between a three and a four. More to come.
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial ThoughtsThis was probably a 2.5 star read for me. To be fair, I am really not the target audience for this book but I thought I would take a chance on it. I have never really seen anything about the show or soundtrack but I hoped that the book would stand on its own. It fell a bit flat for me. This was always a book that I found easy to set aside and I really couldn't connect with any of the characters. Evan is lying to pretty much everyone for most of the book which kind of made me crin Initial ThoughtsThis was probably a 2.5 star read for me. To be fair, I am really not the target audience for this book but I thought I would take a chance on it. I have never really seen anything about the show or soundtrack but I hoped that the book would stand on its own. It fell a bit flat for me. This was always a book that I found easy to set aside and I really couldn't connect with any of the characters. Evan is lying to pretty much everyone for most of the book which kind of made me cringe. I listened to the audio and thought that they did a great job with their performance.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley and a copy of the audiobook was borrowed from my local library. Full review to be posted soon.
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  • Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure how I feel about this yet? RTC
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