Dear Evan Hansen: THE NOVEL (Paperback)
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 griefover 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.
Steven Levenson is the Tony Award-winning playwright of Dear Evan Hansen. Other plays include If I Forget, Core Values, and The Language of Trees. In television and film, he co-created and executive produced the F/X series Fosse/Verdon, and wrote the screenplay for tick, tick...BOOM!
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award-winning songwriters best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman.
"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
"It may be impossible not to find pieces of yourself reflected in Evan's loneliness and yearning to be accepted.... The book...captures the heartbreaking experience of searching for connection. Evan's character may have been born for the stage, but his earnestness and relatability sing through the book's pages."—New York Times Book Review
"Not since Salinger's Holden Caulfield has a teenager's cynical yet wise voice rang so true."—The Star-Ledger
"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
"Compelling and deeply emotional."—Shelf Awareness