Dear Evan Hansen

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 jus...

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Dear Evan Hansen Reviews

  • Taylor

    Happiest of Pub Day's to

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    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

    !

    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.

  • leslie hamod

    "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!

  • Christy

    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 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.

    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!

  • Lola

    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.

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  • Clara

    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.

    I 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.

    Finally decided to give it 3.5 stars!

  • chandler ainsley ♕

    i 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 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.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    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

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  • Bryne

    A YA BOOK ADAPTATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS? KINKY!!!!

  • Emma Giordano

    Review to come!

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