DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL

by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

When one of Evan's letters to himself is accidentally found on a suicide victim, the victim's family assumes that he was a close friend.

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    • Well received gift.
    • This wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't good and I think this is going to be another it's just me not you situation.I couldn't get into this one at all. I understand where the author was trying to go, but it was all so boring. I didn't connect to the characters like I had hoped and honestly the story was so flat. I skimmed the last half of the book and I don't think I missed anything by doing so which isn't a good thing. I think there are better books out there that deal with the same issues in this one. Again it's probably just me and since I am not the target for this story I fully believe it's just me.
    • I went into Dear Evan Hansen not knowing much about it. I'd heard of the hit Broadway musical, and the book sounded interesting, so I picked it up. I found the book very gripping at first, and I was quickly sucked into the story. But about halfway through, I began to feel very uncomfortable.The premise is an intriguing one: Evan Hansen, a teen suffering from severe anxiety, gets involved with the family of a dead classmate after a (tragi-) comedy of errors leads the family to think he was their trouble late son's secret best friend. He gets sucked into their lives and then doesn't want to leave. He becomes a more confident person and sheds his anxiety. But everything he's doing is a lie, and I just couldn't get past that.It's a mistake that causes the Murphy family to think Evan was their son's secret friend, but after that, Evan works hard to maintain the lie. He fakes emails, spins elaborate stories about the dead kid, and worms his way into the family's lives, all the while telling himself he's helping them. There were so many points at which he could have told the truth or backed away, but he doesn't and it made me really dislike his character.I thought the book was pretty well written, but since the whole premise really bothered me, I think this book just wasn't for me. The concept probably works very differently on stage and maybe the issues I have with the book wouldn't be as much of an issue.
    • I love all things Dear Evan Hansen! This book is amazing!
    • I actually decided to abandon this book, but it kept invading my thoughts so I pushed through and finished it. I was totally put off by the whole premise of the book - the lying and coverup of the lie by Evan, but I have to admit that the lie may have helped Connor's parents deal with their tragedy, and it probably was a catalyst to make change in Evan's life. Dear Evan Hansen makes the reader think about honesty, lying, using social media responsibly.