Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dear Evan Hansen” as Want to Read:
Dear Evan Hansen
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dear Evan Hansen

by
4.10  ·  Rating details ·  5,795 ratings  ·  1,039 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 belong. He jus
...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Poppy
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dear Evan Hansen, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kim Waltz Because one of the characters is probably bisexual and a side character is gay

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Emma Giordano
Review to come!
Bryne
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
A YA BOOK ADAPTATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS? KINKY!!!!
chandler ainsley ♕
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, ya-contemporary
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 some levity at the ve
...more
Lola
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 what appears
...more
Christy
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

 photo IMG_2616_zpszsocil7s.png

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 being so familiar with the songs.
“I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I sa
...more
Clara
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.

26/08/18
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.

26/11/18
Finally decided to give it 3.5 stars!
Charlotte May
Well this was every bit as lush as I hoped it would be 💖😭

Rtc
leslie hamod
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Today is going to be an amazing day and here's why"
It begins with a letter never meant for him to see. It is finally a boy's chance for acceptance. A chance to be accepted!
On the other hand, a family grieves over the loss of a son.
Evan tells a lie. A big lie. He says he was the boys best friend.
Suddenly, he is acceptable, accepted.
But with this acceptance, he is drawn into a range of emotions. His lies cause him confusion, and lead him into more lies. As so often is the case when we begin wit
...more
Vicky Who Reads
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
UMMMM WHAT DEAR EVAN HANSEN THE NOVEL YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP where's the dotted line y'all?

Seriously. Cue all the squealing.

More serious non-fangirl-scream info here.

Taylor
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 toda
...more
Phils Osophie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Es ist perfekt. Das Broadway Musical ist ja schon großartig, der soundtrack der absolute Wahnsinn... Aber diese Story als Roman zu erleben, ist ein Geniestreich. Emotional und herzergreifend wie kaum ein Zweites Buch, hat sich diese Geschichte direkt in mein Herz geschlichen. Ich finde keine Worte.
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!
❛kayla❜
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?
Danielle
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, issues, and d
...more
Stacee
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
...more
Suzanne
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 the web of
...more
Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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.
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads, lgbt-rep
. : ☾⋆ — 1 ★

READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!
https://bit.ly/2P6fnt8

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 two completely different things. it kinda
...more
Shahirah Loqman
As usual, DEH brought me to tears. Review to come soon.

--

Full review up on my blog: https://booklovesreviews.wordpress.co...

Thank you Times Reads for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
I’m not sure how I feel about this yet? RTC
Jessica
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between a three and a four. More to come.
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 handbook about bei
...more
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. The la
...more
Kevin Malone
Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Why did no one tell me this is a thing??!??
Cori Reed
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoyed this book, it felt a bit lacking. I'm a big fan of the musical, but I think that if I were not I probably would have got very little from this. A fan of Dear Evan Hansen? Read it. Not a fan? Maybe skip.
Amy Risner
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, arc

ARC provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

I'll be honest with you: I wasn't totally in love with the this book, and it wasn't because of the writing. The writing was phenomenal, the characters were well developed, and the overall story was fast paced and easy to read. I loved that it brought so many mental health topics to the table, but there were a few things that made me feel uncomfortable, which I will talk about here in a bit.

First I'll mention the trigger warnings: suicide, sel
...more
Lauren Parrott
Dear Evan Hansen,

Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today, no matter what else, you’re you. No hiding. No lying. Just you.


I feel like I should start off this review in mentioning that I’m currently listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. And, upon finishing the book a few days back, I wanted to play it every free second I got. This story is so important for today’s world, and I absolutely cannot wait for it to hit shelves this October. (A HUGE thank you to the woman t
...more
Sarah
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, young-adult
Prior to cracking open this book I had no knowledge about its subject matter. I, of course, knew it was a Broadway musical but it had somehow never occurred to me to wonder about the subject matter. I like Broadway musicals therefore I grabbed the advance copy off the shelf, end of story.
In a way, Dear Evan Hansen begins at the end of the story. I'm going to let the cat out of the bag here folks, Connor Murphy, a central character, dies. Not a spoiler as the reader obtains this knowledge in the
...more
Swetlana
This review was originally published on The Caffeinated Bookworm Life.

Pacing

For the most part, I really enjoyed the pacing of Dear Evan Hansen. The only major complaint I have is the way the ending was handled.

It felt like we spend about 90% of the book building up to the big reveal and for things to come crumbling down which happened for the last 10% of the book. That’s something I personally don’t enjoy at all. Something similar happened in A Gathering Of Shadows which affected my overall fee
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
214 followers
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
“I do stupid things when I'm nervous, which means I'm constantly doing stupid things.” 10 likes
“I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I said mattered, to anyone. I mean, let's face it: would anybody even notice if I disappeared tomorrow?” 9 likes
More quotes…