Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
BY Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
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.
A Sneak Peek…
THE NEW YORK TIMES EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
DEAR EVAN HANSEN IS GOING TO BE A NOVEL AND IM SO EXCITED AND IT COMES OUT RIGHT BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY WHICH IS PERFECT BECAUSE I ALWAYS GET A BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND THAT MEANS I CAN BUY ITTTTT I AM SO EXCITED AHHHHHH THIS MADE MY DAY 😍😭🙌🏻💙 #DEHNovel— annie °o° ➳ (@_lemonlump_) March 21, 2018
Hi I just found out that Dear Evan Hansen is going to be adapted into a YA novel and I’m fighting the urge to cry happy tears at my desk.— Gia Farruggia (@giaface) April 9, 2018
From the NOVL Book Squad...
"I found myself being able to connect more with the characters in this book more than I ever could from the musical. It dealt with so many issues that many of us experience in our lives."
—Kathleen, Read Forever More
"I devoured this book quite fast. It was such a warm hearted light read with really big topics and a heart breaking story. The story, the plot, the characters were all so amazing and I loved every part of it. By the ending I found myself crying so hard and couldn't stop."
—Elizabeth, Throne of Shattered Books
"While it may have been a fast story to get through, it was not easy. There are very, very tough topics covered: suicide, bullying, lying, and more. Those are never easy to read but they cannot be easy to write about either."
—Sara, A Gingerly Review
"The book touches on the topic of social media and its impact, and also how people's attention span on subjects can change so quickly and how that seems wrong like when the subject of a person's death is dismissed for the next, newest thing, which rang so true for events in real life."
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About the Authors
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.” Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.
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 worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Upcoming projects include the limited series Fosse/Verdon (FX) and the film 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, and Trolls, as well as the upcoming live-action musicals Snow White and Aladdin and original animated musical Foster.