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Dear Evan Hansen

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  17,819 ratings  ·  2,827 reviews
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit 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 bel/>Dear
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Poppy
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Olivia :) Because one of the characters is probably bisexual and a side character is gay
Joshua Honestly, I think the book is amazing even if you have never listened to any of the musical numbers in it. If anything, the musical numbers will be…moreHonestly, I think the book is amazing even if you have never listened to any of the musical numbers in it. If anything, the musical numbers will be much more meaningful if you listen to them after reading the book.(less)

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Emma Giordano
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of this novel. I started out absolutely loving it, but it was very lacking in the end. I’ve never seen or listened to the soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen but still managed to find enjoyment in the story. I just wish it had made a larger impact for me.

TW: anxiety, depression, suicide, talk of drug use

I did enjoy Evan as a character. I felt his struggle with anxiety was extremely well written – it felt very honest and real. I liked his voice as a narra
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ 20%
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I’m sure the musical is lovely and I definitely want to see it but unfortunately the book just isn’t interesting me.
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Charlotte May
"No one deserves to be forgotten, no one deserves to fade away. No one should come and go and have no one know he was ever even here. No one should flicker out or have any doubt that it matters that they are here. No one deserves to disappear."

Well this was every bit as lush as I hoped it would be 💖😭

I've listened to a few of the songs from the theatre soundtrack and have been desperate to watch the show for ages (unfortunately it's not being shown in the UK yet) so when I saw Dear
chan ☆
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary, 2018
i'm gonna be real with you: this really was not for me

i think books like these all depend on what kinds of characters and people you relate to. i have suffered with anxiety before, so i thought that i would "get" evan... but i so did not.

i'm not sure what i expected from this book but i really didn't expect a severely lonely, awkward, anxious kid with no hobbies essentially lying to a grieving family. i mean i should have known from the synopsis but i figured there would be so
This was my first time reading a novel based on a play. And you know what? Even though I had no idea what to expect and had mildly bad experiences with novelizations in the past, this was quite the positive experience.

It becomes obvious after the first couple of chapters that this story was modified to fit the novel format because of the way certain scenes unfold or the text itself, but that only adds to the specialness of the book.

The idea is unique: a dead teenager is found with w
leslie hamod
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually written as a YA, it has become a bestselling Broadway play!

"Today is going to be an amazing day and here is why..."
Why do we feel alone in the world? What causes someone to do something out of character for the same of belonging?
We have:
A letter never meant to be seen
A boy's chance to be accepted
A family's grief
A lie
Never Even Hanson has told a whopper! And as we know "oh what a tangled web we weave.. When first we practice to deceive"!
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

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I am obsessed with the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack, I mean OBSESSED. It’s been on constant repeat on my Spotify for months and I have tickets to see it on Broadway in May (YAY), so when I saw there was a book, I jumped in to read it. It was really fun to listen to the sound track as the book was playing, I just knew when each song would fit after bein
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Boy, this is a tough one. If you’re not familiar, Dear Evan Hansen is actually a story originally presented as . . . . .

And it is good. SO. GOOD. Like give them all the Tony Awards good. And the touring company is coming here soon and I’m sooooooo hoping tickets will be available so me and my fellow songlover kid can attend. But my reaction to the book?????

Here’s the pickle I’m in. This was so m
Today is going to be a good day and here's why: IT'S COMING OUT A FEW DAYS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY. IT'S EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED.

I don’t know how to rate this book yet, and my review is coming. I’m so thankful Penguin decided to send me an ARC of it as it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Let’s just say I sobbed a lot. Still am.

Finally decided to give it 3.5 stars!
This was an okay read. I'm very familiar with the musical adaptation of the book which I enjoy to an extent and this was very similar. There were times where I was interested and I thought the book was sending a good message and other moments where it just seemed a bit stupid. I didn't get bored reading it though which is good and the writing although not amazing, didn't bother me at all. I listened to the audiobook version and I really liked the addition of a song playing from the musical whene ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Oh gosh, this one grabbed me right away. Evan Hansen deals with anxiety and doesn’t have friends. His therapist has his write letters to himself as a way to work on communication. When a bully at school steals the letter, Evan panics for days…. (view spoiler) From this point on, Evan is trapped in a cycle of wanting to make thin ...more
Vicky Who Reads
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read

Seriously. Cue all the squealing.

More serious non-fangirl-scream info here.

Maria Espadinha
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Boy Named MEH

M, from Mark
E, from Evan
H, from Hansen

Besides being a way of expressing a lack of interest and/or enthusiasm, MEH also happens to be the name of a boy!

Gosh! A boy named MEH?! How can that be?!

Well, when he was born, his mother wanted to cal him Evan. However, his dear father, saw in the newborn infant an unmissable opportunity of ego expansion, and decided to name him Mark, and... I’m sure by now, all of you already
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt-rep, 2018-reads
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unsurprisingly, the broadway show is overwhelmingly better.

in a very confusing turn of events, though, i’m listening to de Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack as i write this review. i can’t reconcile my intense love for the musical with the utter, totally staggering MESS that this book was. i really can’t believe this is supposed to be the ‘official’ novelization of the show, because they’re just
Maria Espadinha
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Treat for Life Thinkers

Are there any good lies?
Do you need to fight for social acceptance? Or would you rather invest in being yourself, and let other’s recognition come by itself, even if it seems to be the thorniest way?

Living a lie is opposite to being yourself. However, if you’re the owner of a kind nature, and know how much someone depends on a lie to move on, in which case would you being faithful to yourself:
Would you tell the savior lie or unveil the dama
Happiest of Pub Day's to DEH!

I'll fully admit that my rating for this book will be slightly skewed due to my love of the show and soundtrack, which I admit are better than this book. However, I still enjoyed getting a deeper insight and perspective into the characters that could only be provided via this medium.

And while there are parts of this book this book that I'm certain readers are going to have issues with I still think the overall message is inspiring, hopeful, and so necessary in today's
Jennifer Girard
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt in love with the musical a few months ago. It always been an emotional story for me ! I cried a lot while reading the novel. I laughed too of course cause Jared is hilarious (very bad but hilarious). I loved the part about Connor and the lyrics found in the book. I want to listen to the soundtrack once again and to see the musical!
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'm such a huge fan of the musical Dear Evan Hansen and I was so excited when I learned that they were coming out with a YA novelization of the story. The story sticks pretty close to the story line in the musical but is able to expand where the musical is limited. I think that readers will connect with Evan even more than they already do.

Overall, I really liked this novel. I think that most readers will be able to relate to Evan and/or Connor. We've all had some of those feelings, i
kayla ☕ (hiatus)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even when the dark comes crashing through, when you need someone to carry you, when you're broken on the ground, you will be found.

words can't express how much i loved this. RTC tomorrow because i have a whole page of notes about all the good and the bad things related to this book cause i know a lot of people had mixed opinions

When you're falling in a forest and there's nobody around. Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
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I cried. I cried a lot.
julianna ➹
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book... could have been better. I feel like the execution was actually good, but the plot was lacking and what could have been more hard-hitting just wasn't.

(i'm also very surprised that this is on the nyt bestselling list bc i haven't seen a lot of hype for this book? i guess there's more people anticipating this book in the musical fandom than the book fandom or smth)

Part of my apprentice training at the park was learning the ranger code of ethics. There's a part in the/>
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 the
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”- Walter Scott

This was a very intriguing story with a wide array of characters. I have wanted to read this since first hearing about it awhile back but the waitlist was pretty long so took a while to get my hands on a copy from the library. This could easily be a one day read, but unfortunately I was reading it during the holidays with a house full of people so took me days! Overall, I was really interested in seeing how
Adele Shea
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have seen this book numerous times and didn't really give it much thought. I am now so glad a did.
It brings to light the mixture of different people and emotions that are around when you are a teenager trying to make it through school.
When Evan hears of the suicide of fellow loner Connor, he discovers Connor had in his possession a letter Evan wrote to himself as a part of the project his therapist set him. Connor's family then believe he was never a loner and Evan was his best friend.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book , complicated main character. Worth the read .
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay, this could be hard to explain but here goes:

Dear Evan Hansen was just in town. My daughter’s friend explained the story to me, which I struggled to understand initially, but eventually I got it. After I connected the dots, I decided the story sounded unique and kind of brilliant, and I immediately regretted turning down the opportunity to see it.
I thought the musical was based on the book, and true to form, I put the book on hold and dove right in. As it turns out, the book is
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Probably more of a 3.5? In all honesty this is a great book, well-paced with a good message, but I just wasn’t all that invested in it. Maybe if I had read it sometime else, the outcome would’ve been different.
Shahirah Loqman
As usual, DEH brought me to tears. Review to come soon.


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Thank you Times Reads for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Dubbed a "Renaissance Man" by the New York Post, Val Emmich is a writer, a singer-songwriter, and an actor. His first novel, The Reminders, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection and his follow-up, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, based on the hit Broadway show, was a New York Times bestseller. He's had recurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty, as well as a memorable guest role as Tina ...more
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