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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    • Dear Evan Hanson is based on the Broadway musical of the same name. However, I have not seen the musical and know nothing about it, and picking this book up was based solely on the synopsis I read.This is an enjoyable YA novel, although a bit predictable in places. Evan Hansen's therapist gives him the assignment of writing a letter to himself. As he completes the assignment and prints it off, his letter is intercepted by another student, Connor Murphy, a boy who has his own problems. When Connor takes his own life and his parents come across the letter, they mistakenly think Evan and Connor were best friends, even though they have never heard of himAnd Evan doesn't know quite how to tell Connor's parents (who are grieving for their son) that the letter was something he wrote to himself and that their son took it from him and refused to give it back. Instead, he befriends Connor's parents and comes up with stories - and emails- about Connor and the supposed friendship they had.As a reader I knew instantly where this story was going, but despite the fact that I could see the train wreck coming, I couldn't help but continue reading to see how things would turn out. Reading this novel doesn't necessarily make me want to run out and see the musical, but I found it totally enjoyable to read.
    • Powerful story that will have everyone on edge enjoying!
    • 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.
    • This book made my heart heavy.A book filled with lies and deceit for a good reason.This book contains a main character who lives an anxious life and his white lie that turned into a mountain after one of his classmates dies.The writing was great and let me get into Evan's head. I saw why he did what he did and it helped me somewhat forgive his actions. It is a roller-coaster of emotions but a must read.
    • This is a great read and a real page turner specially if you're a fan of the play. Lots of questions I had got answered ...After I finished reading it I felt like I didn't want it to end.