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Dear Evan Hansen : the novel / Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
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9780316420235

9780316422383
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First edition.
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New York ; Boston : Poppy / Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

©2018
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358 pages ; 22 cm
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Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.

Evan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it. He has a chance encounter with Connor Murphy--just before Connor commits suicide. Evan's life suddenly gets turned around, and suddenly he isn't invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams--Connor's sister, Zoe, who believes Evan was Connor's only friend. As Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar, Evan is filled with confidence ... until things start unraveling. -- Adapted from jacket.
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** INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** USA TODAY BESTSELLER WSJ BESTSELLER INDIE BOUND BESTSELLER
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking 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.


Author Notes

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 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 .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Plenty of books have been adapted into theater, but this novel inverts the formula, drawing on a Tony Award-winning musical for its empathetic story. Evan Hansen is a lonely, anxiety-ridden teenager whose therapist suggests he write an affirmative note to himself every day. When one of Evan's letters falls into the hands of a classmate who later commits suicide, the boy's parents mistakenly believe that Evan was his best friend. Evan struggles with correcting the misperception, which succors the dead boy's parents and brings Evan popularity when a speech he gives, about how every life matters, goes viral. Alongside the show's creators, actor and writer Emmich (The Reminders) is well suited to the task of taking Evan's tortured conscience from stage to page, offering a particularly authentic first-person narration about family dynamics, the importance of kindness, and the horrors of not fitting in at high school. The timely plotline, about how one innocent lie can spin out of control with the help of the internet, makes this a must-read for teens and those who care about them. Ages 14-up. Agent: Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.