Dear Evan Hansen By Val Emmich, Justin Paul, Steven Levenson and Benj Pasek

“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 draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy 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. And Connor’s wealthy parents 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 family, he knows that what he’s doing may not 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.He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. But when everything is in danger of unravelling, 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.”

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

So I didn’t know about this book until I read What if it’s us as the broadway show was mentioned. Ever since I have been desperate to read it. I have to admit that even though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t as in love with as I had hoped I would be. I had very mixed feelings about Evan. I can relate to him because of his anxiety but his decisions are very questionable and he is just slightly frustrating in places. I think what pulled it up from a 3 star to 4 star is the relationship between Evan and Connor’s parents and the ending. I also listened to the soundtrack to the musical once I had read this which I really enjoyed.

Have you read Dear Evan Hansen? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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