I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Published by Poppy on October 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
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 really had a good time reading this book. My daughters choir is going to see the play next year so I jumped at the chance to read this one. This story is so powerful, sad and full of hope wrapped into one. I think that this is the perfect story for kids to read, to see that they are not alone if even they feel like they are.
After reading this book I can’t wait till we can go and see the play.