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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    • I actually discovered this musical when I saw the book listed on NetGalley. I know, that’s weird and backward, and I have to stop living in a cave (a cave filled with books?), but that’s how it happened. I saw a YA book based on the “hit Broadway musical” and thought, I need to check this out. So, I headed over to Amazon for a quick listen—and instantly fell in love with the music.So, I went into this book loving the musical and knowing the basic storyline (since I read a synopsis to fill in the gaps between songs). I wasn’t sure how the book would hold up, but I have to say it did pretty darn well. I love the addition of Carter’s perspective, especially. We finally get to see his side of the story and not just the picture that’s painted for us by others. And, of course, we get a deeper look into Evan’s perspective as well. This is the type of character who I might be tempted to really dislike—he does a myriad of horrible, unlikable things—but being inside his head, I found myself feeling sympathy instead of distaste. I love that his actions are never condoned—the overall message of the book is not that what he did (lying to the family of a kid who committed suicide) is alright—but we see why he felt trapped in the moment and then couldn’t quite dig himself out. He makes a LOT of bad decisions along the way, but I knew that going in, which probably helped. I will say that the book lacked some of the emotional impact of the musical (you just can’t replicate that heightened emotion that you get in song), and I missed the true connection to the moms that I get with the musical (since I’m a mom, I can completely relate to that feeling that you’re doing everything wrong and you have no idea how to make life better for your kids). Still, I was overall really pleased with this version of the story, and I highly recommend it to teens, who so often feel alone.***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (and then ended up buying my own copy). No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I don't know what I can say about this - I am in absolute love with the novel. I have not seen the play, and only listened to the soundtrack after reading the book (I didn't want any spoilers). For those saying that they could not get hooked and had to actually close the book - I'm really not sure if you're reading it properly. The book goes into such great depths to personalize each of the characters that you feel like you're transported into the book and you're a classmate with Evan, or at times, actually him. Feeling what he's feeling, going with the emotions (the good, the bad, and the ugly).The book takes you on a journey that revolves around a lie (yes, a big one), and continues to build up until it reaches its breaking point. I had been waiting for what I dubbed "the drop" from when the lie was first spewed. And I kept reading with interest with where the story was going to go next...was it going to be found? Towards the end of the novel, that's where I let loose of all my emotions while reading...I released all of my emotions the same time Evan did. I wiped away tears from my eyes as I tried to read the last few chapters and as it all came to an end.What I will say is to make sure you read the "Epilogue" as well. There are a lot of loose ends that are tied that there helps put each of the character's - Evan, Jared, Zoe, the Murphys, etc. - stories to a complete close.If I could rate this more than five stars, I would. I would, without a shadow of a doubt, definitely recommend this to anyone that has been struggling or has struggled with mental health, feeling connected with anyone, or that just wants to read an amazing story for the fall (or any time of year).Don't trust in the negative reviews.
    • This book was very hard to get interested in. I never could get hooked. I finally gave up after a few chapters.