Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
4 out of 5 stars.
Goodreads Description: 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 was sent an ARC copy of Dear Evan Hansen from The Novl in exchange for an honest review. It was released earlier this month, so it is currently out now.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Dear Evan Hansen, because I never seen the musical or really heard much about it until I seen the book floating around the blogosphere and bookstagram. I am really glad I picked it up, because I actually enjoyed it a lot. It would be interesting to see the musical now that I have read it in book form.
Dear Evan Hansen is a really relatable story and deals with a lot of heavy things that a lot of people are experiencing every day; anxiety, depression, suicide. After Connor Murphy’s death, Evan gets mixed up in a lie that he never meant to tell. As events unfold, it’s harder and harder for him to get out of it or come clean. I really liked that the characters themselves were really relatable as well. It was easy for me to connect with Evan in particular, because I struggle with social anxiety myself. I really liked the characters in this book and I felt like they really made the story. I also liked that there are parts in the book where you get Connor’s point of view as well. His story was just as important as what was happening to Evan.
I loved the writing style and the communication between characters. While this book deals with some pretty important and heavy things, there were still happy moments and laugh out loud moments. Some of the interaction with Evan and Jared in particular were pretty laugh out loud. There were also times where I felt so much anxiety for Evan. The feels are real with this book. I think a lot of people will relate to it and the characters. I can see why so many people love the musical so much.
Even though I haven’t seen the musical or listened to the soundtrack, I am happy that I was still able to experience the Dear Evan Hansen story in novel form. Overall, I really loved the book and the characters. I found myself sucked right into the story from the beginning. There were a few times where it did slow down for me, but it didn’t take away from the story or my enjoyment of it. I highly recommend reading this book whether you seen the musical or not. It’s out now, so you should definitely go check it out!
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Great review, I’ve added to my TBR!
Thanks! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.
Lovely review, Ashley! I’ve heard a lot about this book and it sounds really, really great, I’m so happy you enjoyed it so much 🙂 ❤
Thank you, Marie! 🙂 ❤
I’ve been seeing this one around, but was actually a little turned off by the fact that it is based on a musical somehow. I don’t know if that’s because I like when the book is written first? I am changing my mind after reading your review, though. It sounds really, really good!
Yeah, I’m not really that big into musicals. I mean, I probably would be if I actually watched more of them but I’ve only seen a few in my lifetime so far. I wasn’t sure how this would be because of the whole musical thing, but for me it actually worked. It probably did because I never seen the musical, so I didn’t know what to expect. A lot of people that seen the musical said that the book was great, so who knows? Haha. The book was really good though.
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This is also one of those books for me that I’ve see around the blogosphere, but had absolutely no knowledge about it. Now that I know it’s based on a musical, it makes me feel like I’m living under a rock because I have never heard of it! Glad to see the characters were relatable and that worked well in novel format.
I never heard of the musical either until I kept seeing this book floating around. What I’ve been seeing is that the novel version goes more in depth of the characters and stuff. I’m glad that it worked in novel format too. I had no idea what to expect.
Wonderful review! I definitely like the sound of this one.
Thank you! 🙂
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