Dear Evan Hansen

368p. Little, Brown/Poppy. Oct. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316420235. POP.
Gr 9 Up–A novelization of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Evan Hansen, deeply lonely, anxious, and invisible to his peers, finds himself accidentally associated with the suicide of a classmate. The web of lies and truths and growth that comes from the original mistake changes Evan's life and many lives around his. Emmich, in collaboration with the playwright and song-writing team of the original musical, has pulled off a very successful translation from stage to page, helped by the fact that the core themes are classic YA material—heartfelt, morally ambiguous without being morally impossible, and tuning into the small connections and discoveries between teens.
VERDICT An unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes, this novel will especially appeal to fans of the show but will also be easily accessible to new audiences.

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