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Review: Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 09/10/18
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: 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 first heard about this book at YALC when the Penguin stall sang one of the songs from the musical and held a raffle for ARCs, and both my boyfriend and I really wanted to read it.

I really enjoyed reading this book. For some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be as serious as it was. I think the song they sang at YALC made me think it was going to be more lighthearted.

After reading this book, I really want to go and see the musical. I love musicals, I think they’re so much fun. I would also like to see how faithful the adaption is.

I found I could relate to Evan in some small ways. Not to the same extent, but I did feel some of the stuff he felt when I was in school.

If this book sounds like something that would interest you, I would definitely recommend it.

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