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Parents' Guide to

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful novel deals with suicide, anxiety, and loneliness.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+


its good,i like the musical better.
age 10+

Dear vean hansen

A great book, if your kid has the maturity for reading it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (45 ):

This poignant coming-of-age tale thoughtfully portrays heavy topics including suicide, grief, and mental health issues while powerfully reminding teens that they're never alone. Told mostly from Evan's point of view, with a few key passages taking Connor's perspective after his death, this heartbreaking and timely stage-to-page novelization shows how easily lies spiral out of control -- and how important authentic connections are.

Readers might find themselves frustrated by the lengths to which Evan will go to find acceptance and a sense of belonging: His growing lies end up really hurting some people. But Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel will ultimately help teens understand the importance of honest communication, empathy, kindness, and finding meaningful relationships.

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