Dear Evan Hansen (Hardcover)

The Novel

By Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Poppy, 9780316420235, 368pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

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Description

From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking, bestselling novel inspired by the hit Broadway show 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.


About the Author

Val Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has had recurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty as well as a memorable guest role as Liz Lemon's coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on 30 Rock. His debut novel, The Reminders, was a B&N Discover selection that Library Journal called "quirky, touching and addictive."

Steven Levenson is the Tony Award-winning playwright of Dear Evan Hansen. Other plays include Days of Rage, If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, and The Language of Trees. In television, he was a writer and producer on Showtime's Masters of Sex and co-creator of the limited series Fosse/Verdon (FX). Upcoming film projects include the adaptation of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...boom!

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen and A Christmas Story, The Musical. Their film projects include: The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Trolls, and Aladdin as well as the upcoming live action musical Snow White and original animated musical Foster.


Praise For Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Even in book form, Evan Hansen's story sings. Required reading, especially for anyone who's ever needed to be found.—Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat


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Today is going to be an amazing day, and here's why: because you're holding this book. The exact opposite of meh, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a powerful exploration of grief and depression and the many ways we're present (or not) for those around us without always knowing it.—David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite, Mosquitoland, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is a terrific reinvention of an already brilliant piece of art. It's real and it's definitely going to speak to readers of all ages.—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and A Spark of Light

Yep, the hit musical will make you cry just as much in book form.—Entertainment Weekly

[A] particularly authentic first-person narration about family dynamics, the importance of kindness, and the horrors of not fitting in at high school.... A must-read.—Publishers Weekly


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An unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes.— p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} School Library Journal

Compelling and deeply emotional.—Shelf Awareness


Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

1. From the first chapter, Evan presents his struggle with “the true me” (p. 8). But that struggle isn’t unique to Evan. How does each character struggle with being true to himself or herself?


2. Were you angry with Evan for not telling the truth about the letter? Why does he keep lying? Are there benefits to perpetuating the lie?


3. The writing in this novel is from the first-person perspective, both from Evan’s point of view and from Connor’s. How does this narrative technique impact the story?


4. Social media is an integral part of our daily lives, but it plays an especially major role in this story. In what ways does it positively impact the characters? How does it have a negative effect?


5. How is Zoe’s grief over Connor’s death and her mourning process different than the rest of her family’s? How does she process her mixed emotions and complicated relationship with her brother?


6. “What I do know for sure is that these people all seem to have a desperate desire to connect with someone. They feel inspired to share their incredibly personal stories” (p. 262). Why do people respond to The Connor Project when they don’t know any of the people involved? Can you think of a real-life example of something similar?


7. Were you surprised at the Murphys’ reaction to Evan telling the truth? Would you expect them to react differently?


8. Heidi tells Evan, “No parent knows what their kid is really up to…we’re all just doing the best we can” (p. 374). Why does Heidi tell Evan this? How does this statement extend beyond parenthood?


9. What kind of resolution is reached at the end? Why is it important that everything isn’t neatly resolved in a “happily ever after”?


10. If you’ve seen a performance of the DEAR EVAN HANSEN musical, how does this novel expand on the story from the show? How does the music affect the story?


11. Today is going to be an amazing day. Why?