Dear Evan Hansen--the Novel

Dear Evan Hansen--the Novel

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** INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER **USA TODAY BESTSELLERWSJ BESTSELLERINDIE BOUND BESTSELLER From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show 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.
Audience: Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780316420464
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 23, 2020

Dear Evan Hansen, written as a collaboration between Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul was heavily based on the Broadway musical of the same name. It is about an adolescent boy named Evan Hansen who suffers from social anxiety, and how hard it is for him to make friends at school because of his disorder. He writes letters to himself as a way to deal with his struggles of talking to other people. One day, Evan’s letter had been found in the pockets of an intimidating student who had recently committed suicide, which gives him an opportunity to fabricate a friendship between the two in order to gain a sense of validity from his peers. One thing I absolutely loved about the book is the character arc of the protagonist Evan Hansen. It was fascinating seeing how psychologically damaging the lies were to Evan’s already declining mental health, it made me sympathize with him immensely, yet at the same time, disappointed since he could’ve approached the situation in a different manner despite suffering from social anxiety. However, as someone who’s watched the musical before, I’d definitely prefer to see the musical since the character’s emotions are more evident and more powerfully expressed.

May 30, 2020

I loved DEH it was too great and was everything I expected it to be! I think they should add `Through the Window.'

Oct 20, 2019

So happy that there's a book! My love of reading and musicals is fulfilled! Great book, it explains a lot of stuff in the musical, plus you don't have to like musicals to read it.

Oct 13, 2019

i loved this book. i thinks that it sends a great message. i really liked Conner's POV.

Aug 10, 2019

I LOVED Dear Evan Hansen! It is an amazing book and musical! I originally listened to the music then I read the book and everything fit together perfectly. You feel so many different emotions within the book. I was crying tears of sadness in one chapter and tears joy in the next. Definitely a must read for ages 13 and up.

Aug 08, 2019

I cannot express how much I love Dear Evan Hansen! One of my favorite musicals, and one of my favorite books. It will make you laugh at times and cry at others! A must read!

Jul 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and it would be a great read for kids 12 and up. It was a little confusing at times for me and I think that but I think that Evan definitely changed throughout the book. Would recommend.

Apr 13, 2019

This book is about a guy named Evan who one day went from unnoticed to noticed all because of a letter. Evan then decides to keep the lie that he never meant to tell about his secret best friend, Connor Murphy. As each day passes Evan finds himself pulled deeper into a lie that is filled with anger, confusion and regret. Now, Evan has a purpose to continue this lie because he thinks that as long as he is being useful to those around him, how much harm can he do? This is a story about how one lie can turn into something much bigger and out of control than one might think and sometimes when that time comes the truth can be hard to say. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating. @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 04, 2019

Very enjoyable book that covers topics that weren't mentioned in the musical. Also tells the story from Connor's point of view.

I didn't think the book would be very good but my expectations were surpassed.

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. 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.

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Jun 23, 2020

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