Kære Evan Hansen
Title: Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Val Emmich
Published in English: 2018
Dansk titel: Kære Evan Hansen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: YA & Contemporary
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
This reminded me so much about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I didn’t like that book either. The main characters in both works seemed very alike, same odd young boy trying to find himself. I’m getting a little tired of reading books about suicides and preventing them. It’s a huge issue! I know, but it seems like half the YA contemporary books out there is about that.
I didn’t expect to get this reading experience to be honest. I expected to be wowed or at least entertained. However, Evan is the least interesting main character I’ve ever met. He was such an awkward kid, with no hobbies, lying to a grieving family, doesn’t exactly bring out a lot of sympathy toward him. I expected some sort of development but in the end, it was just depressing all the way through.
There’s no memorable characters that stood out they were all very generic and seemed emotionless. The author should have spent more time on making the characters more believable. I didn’t believe for one second that the story was about a family in grief. Sorry but I feel like I wasted 8 hours of my life on bullshit and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone as the language and characters were odd and way to fake.