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.