Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

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From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen.


Dear Evan Hansen,

Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316420235
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 3,371
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 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."

Steven Levenson is the Tony Award-winning playwright of Dear Evan Hansen. Other plays include Days of Rage, If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, and The Language of Trees. In television, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime's Masters of Sex. Upcoming projects include the limited series Fosse/Verdon (FX) and the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...boom!

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Oscar®, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen and A Christmas Story, The Musical. Their film projects include: The Greatest Showman, La La Land and Trolls, as well as the upcoming live action musicals Snow White and Aladdin and original animated musical Foster.

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a work of art,for anyone who needs a friend to relate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the BEST book i ever read it was Amazing :) .
Theologiczero More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just amazing
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It all began with a letter to oneself that leads to a tangled web of lies ... but out of it comes a social discussion and movement with a powerful message that "you are not alone, and that you matter!" Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is a more in-depth coming-of-age adaptation of the hit Broadway musical that examines the important social issues of mental health (anxiety, isolation, the struggle to belong, invisibility, self-importance, self-acceptance, depression) and suicide. Told in the alternating first person perspectives from high school seniors Evan Hansen (mental health issues) and Connor Murphy (suicide), the reader follows Connor's perspective of witnessing the aftermath of his death, and Evan's perspective as he tries to deal with his downward spiral after his letter to himself morphs into a tangled web of lies about being Connor's best friend, all done in the name of trying to fit in and help Connor's family deal with their grief. I saw the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen at the beginning of January, and it was such a profound story that had me feeling the full gamut of emotions as Evan and Connor's story unfolded. I applaud the author for adapting this amazing musical into an unforgettable book that everyone should read. While I loved the musical, it did leave me with some questions, and I am so glad that Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel went more in-depth into Evan and Connor's story, it cleared up a lot of the questions, and really made more sense. Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is an emotional and inspirational story about serious social issues that affects everyone. Mental health and suicide are important issues that needs to have a perpetual conversation in our society. The story and musical's powerful message says it all: "you are never alone, you matter, and there will always be a tomorrow." *Note: At the end of the novel, there is an important listing of mental health and suicide prevention resources available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome+yet+gut+wrenching.+looking+forward+to+the+musical.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I was glued to this book. The lies just kept rolling off Evan’s lips and I just had to know how he was going to find his way out of them. I cringed every time someone spoke to Evan, as I wasn’t sure whether he was going to speak the truth or lie. Evan knew exactly what he was doing and that that eventually, his lies were going to catch up with him sooner or later. Evan’s lies were giving him exactly what he wanted and he felt externally that, life was good. Internally, it was a different story. I was a nervous wreck. When were individuals going to catch on to what was exactly happening and what were the ramifications going to be? Evan’s a loner. Evan would like to be a part of something but when you feel invisible, live with anxiety and low self-esteem, that’s hard to do. When Connor gets ahold of a letter that Evan wrote as part of his therapy, Evan worries what might happen to this message but what actually occurs is much bigger than he imaged. The two had talked, yet not enough to validate Evan’s remarks after Connor commits suicide. As Connor’s parents approach Evan with his letter, Evan can’t tell them the truth. With Evan’s letter in their possession, Connor and Evan look like best friends but that piece of paper is the only thing that ties them together. The lies start, they flow freely, Evan can’t seem to stop, even when he knows what he is doing is wrong. Evan begins to become a different person but beneath all the layers, he’s still the same person. If he stops now, I think he could become the person he created over time. Is this what he wants? What exactly does he want, now that he has finally become a part of something? He’s living the dream. It was an good read. I cringed to read what was going to happen yet I needed to know. I read that this book was based on a musical which I haven’t seen yet. I’m going to see if I can find this musical and see if it’s anything like this book.
Katherine Harris More than 1 year 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.
book_junkee More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Similar to the musical but different at the same time.