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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    • Was great to listen to the book after seeing the show; I wonder how it might change the show if you read the book first?
    • 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**
    • I was given an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.Dear Evan Hanson: The Novel is based on the award-winning Broadway musical. I was fortunate enough to see the play and it was outstanding!!“Dear Evan Hansen,Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...”I’m not going to bore you with a review that mirrors what you can read for yourself in the book’s summary. What I’m going to tell you is this…your day will be amazing the moment you pick it up and start reading. Is the book as good as the play? I personally don’t think a book can ever be as good as a live performance but, if you haven’t seen the play, this is as close as you’ll get. #youwillbefound
    • I don’t typically give 5-star reviews, but this book was amazing! Highly recommend!
    • Naturally, I've heard of Dear Evan Hansen. I know it's on Broadway. I know tickets are hard to get and super expensive. I know that it's won several Tonys. What I didn't know was the plot of the story. I had just read the YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so why not follow it up with other one? Enter: Dear Evan Hansen. After receiving and quickly reading the book, I'm kind of glad I went into it without a lot of knowledge. What I discovered was that Dear Evan Hansen contains some very serious plotlines (a la 13 Reasons Why) mixed in with the coming-of-age of one Evan Hansen. It was a great, realistic story with a lot of good, healthy messages. I'm not sure how it compares to the Broadway musical, but the story and characters definitely translate perfectly to the written word. I loved Evan, of course, and could relate to how he felt about life, high school, friends, parents, etc. I think everyone feels a bit out of sorts as they grow up, trying to find themselves, establish themselves, and learn from their mistakes. Evan may think his problems are the worst in the world, but there are others that could have worse problems. It's just how we learn to manage them. He also learns (as we all do) that people come in and out of your life, sometimes for a reason, making you a better person having known them, even though you're sad they're not there anymore.The novel was well-written, easy (and quick!) to read, and thoroughly engaging. Although we don't get to know all of the characters as well as we might like, we do get to really know Evan. And we end up wishing him nothing but a happy future.