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 is a story about betrayal, love, pain, anxiety, healing, secrets and social horror. This book, which is taken from a broadway play, tells the story of a high schooler who feels alone, outside of everybody and everything. He encounters another teen in his school who is the more violent version of himself and the result is a rapidly growing horror show that reaches the community with lightening speed thanks to social media.This book (and play) discuss how being a true outsider, even in one's own family, can tear a person apart and affect the world around them, even if they do not realize the impact they have. However, it discusses it from a teenager's point of view, which makes the story much more tragic. The feelings of loss, anxiety and being alone are normal for teenagers to go through, but the Evan and Connor magnifies those feelings by how they handle it and who is around them.It is also a book full of hope. Once the characters in the story get a purpose, things start to change for them. They start to emerge from their shells and begin to do some pretty extraordinary things. They just needed a reason to get out of their own heads and interact with the outside world.This is definitely a book that teens and adults will connect with, understand, and see parts of themselves in each of the characters that are represented.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy to read. 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.
    • 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.
    • Evan Hansen’s chance encounter and brief conversation with Connor Murphy snowball into a series of unanticipated consequences. Following Connor’s suicide, his parents contact Evan whom they believe is Connor’s best friend. A letter Evan wrote to himself, beginning “Dear Evan Hansen” - at his therapist’s request had been found on Connor’s body; this formed the basis for the Murphys’ requesting a meeting with Evan. As the novel moves forward, Evan becomes a part of the Murphy family, something about which his mother knows nothing. Busy working full time and attending school, she worries about Evan and his lack of social interaction, but believes he is handling their situation well. When Evan begins to understand the depth of his fostering the misconception that he was Connor’s best friend, he attempts to correct that error. Although it will cost him the new found status he acquires as co-president of the organization he founds, he does the right thing. The concluding portions of the novel are unexpected, but satisfying.Val Emmich et al have written an extraordinary novel that touches on numerous critically important issues. Isolation, teen suicide, social media’s power, sexuality, and family all play roles in “Dear Evan Hansen”. Characters are believable; the depth of understanding the authors display with regard to the issues and youth are vital to not only the book but to our own lives, as well. The use of the first person narrative, as well as Connor’s comments interspersed throughout the text, increase the intimate feel of the topics discussed.“Dear Evan Hansen” is an outstanding novel that parents/grandparents should also read as it will form the basis for some serious discussions with the ‘tweens and teens in their lives.