Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

The Novel

Book - 2018
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Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.
Evan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it. He has a chance encounter with Connor Murphy--just before Connor commits suicide. Evan's life suddenly gets turned around, and suddenly he isn't invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams--Connor's sister, Zoe, who believes Evan was Connor's only friend. As Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar, Evan is filled with confidence... until things start unraveling. -- Adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316420235
0316420239
9780316529471
0316529478
Branch Call Number: EMM Y
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

Dear Evan Hansen, written as a collaboration between Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul was heavily based on the Broadway musical of the same name. It is about an adolescent boy named Evan Hansen who suffers from social anxiety, and how hard it is for him to make friends at school because of his disorder. He writes letters to himself as a way to deal with his struggles of talking to other people. One day, Evan’s letter had been found in the pockets of an intimidating student who had recently committed suicide, which gives him an opportunity to fabricate a friendship between the two in order to gain a sense of validity from his peers. One thing I absolutely loved about the book is the character arc of the protagonist Evan Hansen. It was fascinating seeing how psychologically damaging the lies were to Evan’s already declining mental health, it made me sympathize with him immensely, yet at the same time, disappointed since he could’ve approached the situation in a different manner despite suffering from social anxiety. However, as someone who’s watched the musical before, I’d definitely prefer to see the musical since the character’s emotions are more evident and more powerfully expressed.

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SavannahP08
May 30, 2020

I loved DEH it was too great and was everything I expected it to be! I think they should add `Through the Window.'

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lucyem_0
Oct 20, 2019

So happy that there's a book! My love of reading and musicals is fulfilled! Great book, it explains a lot of stuff in the musical, plus you don't have to like musicals to read it.

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indigo_wolf_482
Oct 13, 2019

i loved this book. i thinks that it sends a great message. i really liked Conner's POV.

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blue_cat_10884
Aug 10, 2019

I LOVED Dear Evan Hansen! It is an amazing book and musical! I originally listened to the music then I read the book and everything fit together perfectly. You feel so many different emotions within the book. I was crying tears of sadness in one chapter and tears joy in the next. Definitely a must read for ages 13 and up.

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violet_deer_295
Aug 08, 2019

I cannot express how much I love Dear Evan Hansen! One of my favorite musicals, and one of my favorite books. It will make you laugh at times and cry at others! A must read!

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Ava_Martin
Jul 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and it would be a great read for kids 12 and up. It was a little confusing at times for me and I think that but I think that Evan definitely changed throughout the book. Would recommend.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2019

This book is about a guy named Evan who one day went from unnoticed to noticed all because of a letter. Evan then decides to keep the lie that he never meant to tell about his secret best friend, Connor Murphy. As each day passes Evan finds himself pulled deeper into a lie that is filled with anger, confusion and regret. Now, Evan has a purpose to continue this lie because he thinks that as long as he is being useful to those around him, how much harm can he do? This is a story about how one lie can turn into something much bigger and out of control than one might think and sometimes when that time comes the truth can be hard to say. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating. @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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amelia622
Jan 04, 2019

Very enjoyable book that covers topics that weren't mentioned in the musical. Also tells the story from Connor's point of view.

I didn't think the book would be very good but my expectations were surpassed.

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. 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.

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

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Aug 10, 2019

blue_cat_10884 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 08, 2019

violet_deer_295 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 12

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