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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. anxiety disorder nhs And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. anxiety attack causes diarrhea Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself. (Goodreads)

If I didn’t have feelings before reading this book, then I certainly do now which in other words means I absolutely loved this book. I have mentioned Dear Evan Hansen quite a few times on this blog but if for some reason you don’t know – I LOVE Dear Evan Hansen, so naturally going into this book I was scared. Scared because I was so worried that I wouldn’t like it, that it was too different to the actual musical, that it would be boring or the characters would be dry. But I couldn’t have loved it more.

One thing I didn’t realise going into this was that it would have two perspectives, Evan’s and Connor’s. As soon as I realised that Connor’s perspective was going to be present throughout the story, I was, again, worried. anoxia villosa I thought I wouldn’t like it that much and again, that it’s be boring, but it was so beneficial to the story. It gave us an insight into what was going on for Connor and what had happened in his life as well as an insight to the Murphy’s when Evan wasn’t necessarily around. Connor in the musical just comes across angry and that’s all we really get of the true Connor, but the book gives so much more depth to Connor and I think that’s so important.

While Connor perspective was present, most of the time it was told from Evan’s perspective which I don’t have much to comment on since this was the perspective I was expecting the book to be told from. What I loved about this book in terms of Evan’s character was how many little things were woven into him, just little things here and there. anxiety disorder test free Like at the beginning, he talks about his name which sounds irrelevant but I feel it added that little bit more of an insight into Evan’s life and his relationship with his parents.

I don’t think in this book there was a character I hated, which was a huge relief. I felt all characters were developed well, some more so than others, for example Jared, Evan and Connor were all developed well, an if anything I felt Zoe was the least developed.

I really liked how Evan’s dad had a bigger presence in the book, not so physically, but emotionally and mentally. His dad is mentioned a fair bit in the first chapter and he wasn’t dropped throughout the book. Evan did keep on mentioning him whereas in the musical, we only really get mentions of his dad here and there but in the book, it feels like his dad is also developed.

Which brings me on to say how much I loved reading about Heidi’s struggle as a working and studying single mother, who you could see was trying and felt guilty when something would crop up and she had to cancel on the plans she made with Evan. What I liked about this portrayal is while Heidi was sort of absent from Evan life a bit, she really did emphasize how much she cared which I know the absent parents is a huge and hated trope within YA but I don’t feel like it’s like that in this book. Like I said, you really get a sense that Heidi loves her Son and wants the best for him, but also the struggles she has as she has to work and study.

As for plot, I felt everything moved at a good pace. We didn’t dwell on one area for too long before moving on to the next but it didn’t feel rushed either. My only plot point which I did feel happened is relationship which happened within this book. neurofeedback anxiety testimonials It felt as though one second and one second she was hesitant about Evan and the next she was kissing him and they were a couple but at the same time, it didn’t feel like insta-love.

There was a brief mention of self-harm in this book and what I really liked about this was it was mentioned briefly, like I said, and then we moved on. It wasn’t dwelled on, and for some reason, I really liked this element and how there wasn’t too much focus on it. It was just there. Which I’m not sure, maybe some people might not like and other will.