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Dear Evan Hansen

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  57,049 ratings  ·  6,946 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
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 mu…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 narrator and enjo
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
I just love it when a book that's supposed to raise awareness about mental illness turns out to be a problematic dumpster fire 🙂

What was this.
What did I read.
I'm disgusted and angry and outraged.

Dear Evan Hansen is a novel based on the musical of the same name, which is pretty popular, I think. I hardly know anything about Broadway musicals, to be honest. It follows a boy named Evan Hansen, who is in high school when his classmate Connor commits suicide. Evan has been writing letters to himsel
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ 20%
Video review - https://youtu.be/w9617uq7Kk0?t=1235

I’m sure the musical is lovely and I definitely want to see it but unfortunately the book just isn’t interesting me.
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 Evan Hansen
chan ☆
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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Of course it sounded good. Fantasies always sound good, but they’re no help when reality comes and shoves you to the ground. When it trips your tongue and traps the right words in your head. When it leaves you to eat lunch by yourself.”

The more I think about this book (and musical) the more I feel conflicted about it. Is it an important book? Yes, when it comes to the representation of people with anxiety and yes when it comes to grieving. Those two reps were done really well in “Dear Evan Hans
Are you a fan of head shaking, cringing, and yelling at characters in books? Well, then let me introduce you to Evan Hansen.

He is the personification of:
- Open mouth, insert foot
- Out of the frying pan and into the fire
- Being your own worst enemy

I cannot say that Evan Hansen is a tragic “hero”, but he is tragic and can’t stop digging himself into the biggest hole ever. He is not a bad guy; he just makes very bad decisions (or no decision at all when he really should be). It is so painful that y
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 being so familiar with the songs.
“I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anyt
Elyse Walters
... for those who are still interested in reading this book....I’ll hold back on juicy details.
I’m late to the game ( this book), but I wasn’t late to feeling it’s impact!

“Dear Evan Hansen”, was inspired by the Tony Award Broadway musical.
Yep... not ‘every’ person around the globe - knows this!

I listened to the Audiobook narrated by the outstanding trio: Ben Levi Ross, Mike Faist, and Mallory Bechtel.

I was impressed by the ingenious, smart, and savvy writing from Val Emmich
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

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 much more than a novelization. It
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I guess that means we’re just products of whoever made us and we don’t have much control. The thing is, when people use that phrase, they ignore the most critical part: the falling. Within the logic of that saying, the apple falls every single time. Not falling isn’t an option. So, if the apple has to fall, the most important question in my mind is what happens to it upon hitting the ground? Does it touch down with barely a scratch? Or does it smash o ...more
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at over halfway through the book. I realized I was forcing myself to try and finish this. I love the songs from the musical and always will, but the book just wasn’t doing it for me and I found Evan’s motives regarding Connor to make me very uncomfortable.
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
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!
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 are you being faithful to yourself:
Would you tell the savior lie or unveil the damaging truth?
None? Better get your
Jun 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
(CW: Suicide, depression, anxiety, language)

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today was not a great day. Wanna know why? Because I wish you were a better book.


Alright, to start I should mention that I’ve never seen the Broadway musical of the same name. I know it’s highly popular, and maybe has won some awards? I don’t know. Part of me wanted to see it over the years, but I wasn’t inclined enough to look it up; I didn’t know much about it. That small piece of me has died somewhat after “reading” this
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?! Poor guy!
But... allow me to tell you how it happened:

The moment he was born, his mother wanted to cal him Evan. However, his dear father, looked at the newborn infant as an unmissable opportunity of ego expansion, and decided to name him Mark, and... I’m sure by now, all of you already guessed the name of the
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
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads, lgbt-rep
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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 two completely different things. it kinda
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 things right and not knowing the w ...more
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!
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tt-reads
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Jul 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
i must read this, if not for the fomo, then for three-summers-ago me.
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
Emilie Bailey
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried. I cried a lot.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I didn't love this one like I had hoped I would. To be fair, I am not the target audience for this book. I have never seen the musical or heard any of its songs so I was pretty clueless going in. I can't tell you how this book compares to the musical but this story does stand on its own. Maybe a younger audience will enjoy this one more than I did but I spent a large part of the book wanted to pull these kids to the side and give the
First: Connor Murphy deserved better.

Second: What is praise worthy about a book that uses suicide as vehicle to drive the story, but doesn't have a single meaningful conversation about mental illness or suicide? What is praise worthy about a main character who is a self-important jackass who capitalizes off the suicide of a stranger and inserts himself into a grieving family's life to feel better about himself and never faces a single consequence for it? What is praise worthy about the portrayal
andrea hartmann
This was brilliant. In multiple ways.

(It’s currently been half a year since I read this and I regret everything I said here. The book was bland and boring. I loved the musical for the music, the actors, and the character chemistry. Not this boring book.)

I hate to say it, but I think it was a mistake to base a book off of a musical. It takes away from the reader's experience of reading the book if many of them have read the musical first. I was picturing people half on a stage and half from my im
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love Dear Evan Hansen. I think everyone should get to experience it at some point. There’s something that is essentially human about its characters and story. No one character is wholly flawed, or flawless. Every person is essential to the narrative. And the message is clear. Whoever you are, whatever your misdeeds: You are not alone, and you are enough.

The musical, that is.

I could not get through Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. And I feel like, if you’re thinking about this being your introduc
julianna ➹
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
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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 Fey ...more

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