I really enjoyed this book and it would be a great read for kids 12 and up. It was a little confusing at times for me and I think that but I think that Evan definitely changed throughout the book. Would recommend.
This book is about a guy named Evan who one day went from unnoticed to noticed all because of a letter. Evan then decides to keep the lie that he never meant to tell about his secret best friend, Connor Murphy. As each day passes Evan finds himself pulled deeper into a lie that is filled with anger, confusion and regret. Now, Evan has a purpose to continue this lie because he thinks that as long as he is being useful to those around him, how much harm can he do? This is a story about how one lie can turn into something much bigger and out of control than one might think and sometimes when that time comes the truth can be hard to say. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating. @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Very enjoyable book that covers topics that weren't mentioned in the musical. Also tells the story from Connor's point of view.
I didn't think the book would be very good but my expectations were surpassed.
A Must-Read Young Adult pick. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. 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.
(This review is spoiler free and mostly compares the book to the muscial)
Dear Evan Hansen's novel was sooo different from the musical, but in a good way. Overall, i relaly enjoyed the book and though I knew the story, I couldn't put it down. There was so much new content and Evan's narration really captured me. The book doesn't do any damage to the stage version, but actually makes it better.
When comparing the two, the book expands more on Connor and who he was. There is even mention of Connor having a friend and how they used to interact, showing us that he wasn't the scary and rebellious teen everyone saw him as. It really helped convey how all the characters are misunderstood at some point, just like how we are in real life. Sadly the novel didn't do the same for the main character. In both the musical and the book, the Evan Hansen was still underdeveloped. Evan's personality showed in the way he narrated the story and through his jokes and thinking, but not enough. It still seemed like his anxiety overpowered who he really is. I am guessing that maybe it's written like that on purpose, to describe how hard it is for him? I'm not sure, but I wish we had more insight on Evan.
Besides Evan's character, the novel gave more insight on his motivations and thought process, whereas in the musical, it's hard for the actor to portray it. For example, the origin of his lie at the Murphys' house. What was really cool was seeing Evan's interpretation of the cast and the Connor Project. There is so much emotion that he be seen on stage, but directly described with words.
One last thing that I loved about the novel was how inclusive and close the dialogue was to the show's script. Most movie/novel adaptations don't do that, ruining the original. The Dear Evan Hansen novel actually expanded the original story, not damaging what was previously written. Lyrics from "Only Us" and "To Break in a Glove" were in it and it didn't feel awkward or odd. The rhyme was taken away and the words given a new context, helping the story.
This book is great, but also different from the original musical. I have no doubt that lovers of Pasek and Paul's original creation will love this too. If you haven't checked out the musical, then I think you'd love it as well. It's a story for all of us, one that tells a tale of belonging.
I loved the idea of incorporating Connor's perspective to the story, but to me, it felt rushed and undeveloped. Additionally, I felt [new character that I will leave anonymous]'s relationship with Connor and Evan could have been much more and interestingly developed. In general, a great idea, but it could have been executed slightly better.
Fans of the musical will find a more fully fleshed out version of the story here. Sad and moving.
There is no doubt that the message of "Dear Evan Hansen" has value as it reminds today's teenagers that they matter. This was an pretty good read, but it was a bit tortuous to watch the needle move to the point of overheating. From the first it was obvious that Evan was on a collision course with the truth. It took so long to get there. I also found the bits with the voice of Connor to be a bit disjointed and disorganized. Usually I find the book to be better than the show, but in this case the show came first and the book seems to be playing second fiddle.
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