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Dear Evan Hansen

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  33,195 ratings  ·  4,599 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 j
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Penguin
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ☆
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
Cristina Monica
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
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
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
... 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)
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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 much more than a novelization. It
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
So here is what I know about “Dear Evan Hansen”:

- There exists a musical named “Dear Evan Hansen”
- Apparently this has an LGBTQ+ element? (Is there really one?)
- There are so many references to this musical in YA contemporary literature that it’s not even normal anymore. *lol*

Erm yeah, that’s it! I got curious about this one because everyone raves about the musical, including YA book characters. XD So here I go!
Let’s find out what the fuss is all about!

P.S: I’ll listen to the soundtrack while
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!
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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.
Maria Espadinha
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Maria Espadinha
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
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Jennifer Girard
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!
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
kaysmagiclibrary 💫
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?
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
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
Emilie Bailey
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried. I cried a lot.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Adele Shea
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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