Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9780316487146
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 36
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Val Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has had recurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty as well as a memorable guest role as Liz Lemon's coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on 30 Rock. His debut novel, The Reminders, was a B&N Discover selection that Library Journal called "quirky, touching and addictive." Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KarenfromDothan 5 months ago
Evan Hansen is a high school senior who suffers from severe social anxiety. There is nothing he wants more than to hole himself up in his bedroom, withdrawing from the world around him. Part of his therapy is to write letters to himself about why the coming day is going to be a great one. A collaboration of four men who did an excellent job of turning a Tony award winning Broadway musical into a novel. They’ve written about a very serious subject with deftness and sensitivity. I think it brilliantly portrays the enormous social pressure high schoolers face each and every day and how it is especially difficult for the ones who have trouble fitting in. I like the way the story is written to show how suicide effects everyone from the one committing the act to their family and classmates. In my opinion this book should be required reading for all high school students. Really, everyone could benefit from reading it because I feel it reminds us of the importance of kindness and compassion towards our fellow human beings.
Theologiczero 3 months ago
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.
Katherine Harris 9 days ago
I know novelizations of movies/television/stageplays are famously rough, but this one felt different. In a good way. Reading Evan's anxiety, his crippling struggle with doing what is right versus what is easy when those lines are so blurred, really pulled me along through the story. It may not hold much literary merit, but this novel will certainly be popular among teens.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is just amazing
book_junkee 5 months ago
I wasn’t familiar with the show or the soundtrack when this was sent by the publisher as a “read it now”. It seems safe to say that if I wouldn’t have gotten that email, I probably wouldn’t have read it, even if I was intrigued by the synopsis. I liked Evan well enough. He’s struggling and wants someone to know him and it almost made sense why he did what he did. I wish I could say something about the other characters, but everyone seemed so clichéd and flat. I did like Connor’s chapters and they were sort of what kept me reading. Plot wise it was soooooooo slow. I read to 60% before I started skipping around and for me it didn’t really improve. I couldn’t settle into the story and spent a good portion of the book irritated that Evan kept lying. Oh, and he was such a jerk to his mom. Overall, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I’m wondering if the show would have worked better for me. **Huge thanks to Poppy for providing the arc free of charge**
onemused 5 months ago
"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.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book was amazing. Similar to the musical but different at the same time.