Wednesday, May 8

Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen
Val Emmich

Published By: Poppy
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Date Read: April 7, 2019
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368

From Goodreads:
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 just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

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.

"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?"

There are no words to explain my utter excitement when I heard that there was going to be a novel of Dear Evan Hansen. I am such a huge lover of musicals and I really love the story of this one. I am completely obsessed with the soundtrack and so of course I had to read this book. It was everything I could have imagined and more, I loved every single second of this... and yes, I was singing all of the songs in my head in the appropriate places while reading.

Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a teenage boy with extreme social anxiety. He doesn't really socialise with anyone or have any friends. He has been told to write letters to himself by his therapist that start "Dear Evan Hansen." But when Connor, a classmate, steals his letter to himself and then commits suicide, everyone assumes it's a suicide note wrote to Evan. Suddenly he is caught up in a make-believe friendship and he can't seem to get out. But if it's helping the family of Connor then it can't be wrong... right?

I seriously associate with this story so much. As someone who suffers from anxiety myself it was so easy to sympathise and understand the actions of Evan. I was completely caught up in this story and even though you can see it spinning out of control and you know at some point it's going to catch up and fall apart you can't help but really feel for Evan. He didn't want any of it, he just wanted to help and he lost control of everything. I loved Evan. He is such a sweet character and I really just wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug and tell him everything would be okay.

Dear Evan Hansen is such a powerful story about how anyone can get caught up in lies and how even with the best intentions, your actions can effect people in ways you could never imagine. I loved this book so much... almost as much as the soundtrack of the show. It was superbly written and I loved every single second of it. It made me want to see the musical even more than I already did.

Although I am not a contemporary lover, this book was just phenomenal and I loved it. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it's such an important story that everyone should experience. Even if you don't like contemporaries... this one is a must-read!

"Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a good day and here's why: because today, today at least you're you... and that's enough."


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