Dear Evan Hansen (Book Review)

Dear Evan Hansen

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:  

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.

Thoughts:

I have heard so much about Dear Evan Hansen. It seems that it’s been everywhere. I know that performances starts today in London. I have to admit that apart from Hugh Jackman singing a song from it on his world tour, I haven’t heard the music from the musical yet.

I went into reading Dear Evan Hansen without knowing much about it at all. I think this was the best way to read it for someone who may not see the show or know much about it. I can’t give you a comparison to the production because I haven’t seen it. However, as a book, I enjoyed reading it and thought it had incredibly well developed characters.

The basic premise of this book is that Evan Hansen (who has severe anxiety) seems to be invisible at school. After breaking his arm, his mother encourages him to get signatures on his cast- to get out there and to speak to his peers. Whilst going through this, Evan is attending therapy. He’s told to write letters to himself to become more positive. Evan’s letter is picked up by Connor Murphy so misinterprets it. Connor signs his name in big across Evan’s cast, truly making his mark. However, Evan never anticipated just how much of a mark Connor would make on his life.

Connor commits suicide and when Connor’s parents find the letter ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ they believe that Connor and Evan were good friends. Evan soon ends up tangled in lies as he tries to help the Murphy family with their grief.

There are points of this story that are so hard to read. I’m pleased this story exists though because we need to be talking about mental health. It shouldn’t be something that is hidden. I think this book would appeal to many readers- not just a YA or musical theatre audience. I think many people could and should take something away from this story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A brilliant read surrounding mental health!

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This Week In Books #156

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Little Darlings

I’m currently nearly halfway through this book which I’m very much enjoying. It’s quite dark! I like a dark read.

THEN

Vox

I recently finished Vox which I’ll be reviewing with Beth as part of our ‘Talking About’ feature.

NEXT

Dear Evan Hansen

I am excited to read this book! 🙂 I’ve heard great things about it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Ten Books I’d Love To Find Under My Christmas Tree Today

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those that celebrate! 🙂

Here are the books that I’d love Santa to bring to me today. Click on the book image for the Goodreads page.

Fat Girl on a Plane

I’ve recently heard of this book and it sounds like a lot of fun!

Tyler Johnson Was Here

This sounds like an intense read!

The Kiss Quotient

This book has a character with Asperger’s at the centre of it which I’m intrigued by.

Learning to Breathe

I’ve recently heard about this book and I think it sounds like it could be an excellent read.

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m intrigued to see how the story continues but I’m yet to get a copy for myself.

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing and I’m trying to make my way through her books!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This sounds incredible and it has some great reviews.

Dear Evan Hansen

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this!

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’d love to read it ASAP! 🙂

Roar

I’m not a massive fan of short stories, but this collection does intrigue me!

What do you hope to get for Christmas book-wise? If you don’t celebrate, what do you wish for? 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by at some point!