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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • "Dear Evan Hansen" is a sad but sweet YA contemporary that addresses anxiety and the power of a small lie. Evan has a lot of anxiety for which he sees a therapist and takes medication. It also prevents him from easily making friends. This school year, he is determined to be different. His mother, who is often too busy working to spend time with him, has given him a marker to allow other kids to write on his cast, obtained when he was climbing a high tree at the park where he interned, and an appointment with his therapist for after school, for which he needs to write a letter to himself.The first day does not go as planned. Lunch is always anxiety-provoking and Evan decides to ask Jared, a family friend, if he can sit with him. In the process, Jared makes a rude comment to Connor Murphy, the brother of the girl Evan has a crush on, and Evan laughs awkwardly, earning him a shove from Connor. When he is printing his letter to himself in the computer lab, Connor is again there, but this time, he signs Evan's cast, because they both don't have friends. However, then he sees Evan's letter and assumes it is a prank on him (since it talks about his sister) and so he takes it.Evan is waiting for the ball to drop- will the letter appear online? Will it ruin his life? When a few days later, he is called to the principal's office, he learns that Connor did nothing but pocket the letter. However, he had the letter in his pocket when he killed himself, and his family and the police believe that it was his suicide note. Evan is unable to clear the air and tell the truth due to his anxiety and a grieving family grasping for answers about the son they felt they barely knew. So begins this journey into Evan's new life where people notice him for being Connor's secret best friend and Connor's family begins to accept him as part of theirs- the family he doesn't have.Told mostly from Evan's point-of-view but with some valuable sections from Connor after his death, this book is full of hope and anxiety. While we all know the truth will always get out, we don't know how or what the repercussions will be. This was a fast-paced book which I read within a day. The characters, particularly Evan, really drew me into this story- he's so genuine, real, and sweet (despite the situations in which he finds himself). I think there are some really important messages about mental health in this book, and I really think the overall flow and tone was well done. This is a story about grief, honesty, and healing that I found really engaging and touching.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
    • I actually decided to abandon this book, but it kept invading my thoughts so I pushed through and finished it. I was totally put off by the whole premise of the book - the lying and coverup of the lie by Evan, but I have to admit that the lie may have helped Connor's parents deal with their tragedy, and it probably was a catalyst to make change in Evan's life. Dear Evan Hansen makes the reader think about honesty, lying, using social media responsibly.
    • Well received gift.