Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Jun 03, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: 1E10

Today is going to be a good day and here's why... the creative minds behind the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are coming to BookCon! Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel will take everything theatre-goers love about the smash hit musical and make it accessible to readers everywhere. Favorite characters get more backstory, and scenes that were left on the cutting room floor will be available for the first time. Join Crystal Bell, Entertainment Editor at MTV News, as she leads a discussion around the book that will be the YA sensation of the year.

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. 


  • Steven Levenson


      Steven Levenson is the Tony Award–winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom...

  • Benj Pasek


      Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar®, and Golden Globe–winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen (Tony...

  • Justin Paul


      Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar®, and Golden Globe–winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen (Tony...

  • Val Emmich


    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...

  • Crystal Bell


    Crystal Bell is the Entertainment Editor at MTV News. She has a passion for superheroes, coming-of-age stories, and musicals, which makes her...


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