Based on the hit stage musical, Emmich's novelisation of the heartwarming coming-of-age tale finds anxious, awkward Evan embraced by the wealthy Murphy family - who mistakenly believe that he was their dead son's closest friend.
Read the book before you see the film, out September 2021!
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.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'Even in book form, Evan Hansen's story sings. Required reading, especially for anyone who's ever needed to be found' - Becky Albertalli, author of Love Simon
'Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is a terrific reinvention of an already brilliant piece of art' - Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper
'Yep, the hit musical will make you cry just as much in book form' - Entertainment Weekly
'A must-read for teens and those who care about them' - Publishers Weekly
'The writers of Dear Evan Hansen have given fans a rare gift' - Teen Vogue
Praise for Dear Evan Hansen:
'A gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart' - The New York Times
'One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history' - The Washington Post
'As eagerly awaited as Hamilton' - Baz Bamingboye, Mail on Sunday
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Wickedly funny and sometimes morally bereft but in a good way. I really enjoyed this though I've never seen the musical, nor did I really know anything about it. So the plot was a complete surprise for me. I... More
“Moved me to tears”
I received a reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book was wonderful. It's about the awfulness of high school and being alone in a crowd and paralyzed by 'what ifs'.
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“a lesson in self-acceptance - like the musical”
I was delighted to receive my review copy of Val Emmich’s novel ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. I loved the soundtrack to the musical, and I loved this book. The narrative flips between Evan Hansen and Connor, which was a bit of... More
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