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Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen | Val Emmich
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emilyrose_x
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I'm back! I've not been on Litsy in ages (trying to spend less time on my phone and more time reading!)

I'm now on to book 93 of this year and it has been on my tbr for the last couple of months. I am absolutely obsessed with the musical's soundtrack at the moment and have had it playing on repeat since I discovered it :)

So far the book is definitely living up to my expectations 🤞

Suet624 Nice to see you again. 3w
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UnabridgedPod
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My husband and I will be seeing the musical Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center this Friday, and I am so excited! I was torn whether or not to read this novel, which is based on the play (usually, that's whole "based on the movie/screenplay" thing doesn't work out for me), but I was pleasantly surprised by this YA novel.⠀

Evan Hansen is a lonely teenager who, as part of his therapy, writes optimistic letters to himself each day. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod On the first day of school, his letter to himself--which begins "Dear Evan Hansen"--falls into the hands of another teenager with disastrous results. Soon, Evan has implicated himself in a series of lies, trapped by his feelings of obligation and guilt. ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod I don't want to reveal much more, but the novel (for me) grew stronger as it developed. Some initial plot moments strained credulity, but watching Evan's desperate attempts to find the right path was moving and thought provoking. Much better than expected. 3mo
TrishB I‘m going to see it in November and my daughter has this book. I may have to read before seeing. 3mo
UnabridgedPod @TrishB Yeah, I‘ll have to weigh in after we see it on whether I‘m glad I read it first. ❤️ 3mo
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Eggs
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But I'm only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only human
And I crash and I break down🎶

To be human is to break, sometimes irreparably. #human
#ayupaugust
@Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Great choice! 💙 3mo
Cinfhen Song, book and musical ❤️🙌🏻🎶 3mo
Rachel_nyc I loved this show so much. Will be sure to read the book when I feel like I need a good cry! 3mo
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DivineDiana
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I knew that there was a lot of love for the Broadway Show, but other than that, I did not know anything about the story. It is a moving story about a high school student who has trouble fitting in... until, a tragedy and a mistake change his life. I thought it was so interesting that it was the play that generated the book. Would be a good addition to a school curriculum. Much to discuss.

TrishB Going to see the play in November 👍🏻 3mo
DivineDiana @TrishB Wonderful! 👏🏻 3mo
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MatchlessMarie
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The cool thing about audiobooks is you don't really have to worry about a stopwatch. Still loved this one the second time. Who's still reading? #readathon

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MatchlessMarie
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Ok I'm getting a late start to this #readathon but I'm had a great time in Houston and having my chance to see Be More Chill. Support local theater!!

On my drive back I'll be audio driving. I've read this in print but have been looking forward to the audio version

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DivineDiana
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Saw this flyer posted during my #audiowalk tonight. Rain in the forecast. Love this idea! ❤️

ErinGoBragh1011 Is this Radnor, Pa? 4mo
DivineDiana @ErinGoBragh1011 Just seeing this. Yes, it is! 🙂 3mo
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My_busy_bookshelf
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Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️📚😊 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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kate_reads
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My Waterstones edition came in today ❤️ #bookmail #YouWillBeFound

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DivineDiana
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Morning #audiowalk before the heat was unbearable. I love the addition of art pieces in the garden. 💗

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NovelNancy
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Evan Hansen is a nobody in his own mind (aren't we all?). Through a series of mistakes, he gets “discovered“ due to a letter that lands in the wrong hands at the wrong time. However, Evan rolls with it, albeit it with much angst, & events transpire. Of course, it gets out of control and he has to keep building lie upon lie to try not make a bad situation worse. As expected, the truth must come out and Evan has to figure out how to go on living.

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DivineDiana
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Finally resumed walking. The heat has just left me unmotivated! Thought the explanation of the “No Mow” sign was very interesting! #audiowalk

MicheleinPhilly I LOATHE THIS WEATHER. 😤 4mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly Ah, a kindred spirit! 🙂 (edited) 4mo
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DivineDiana
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New audio read!

MicheleinPhilly Did you get Hamilton tickets yesterday? 4mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly What!!! Oh no! I was completely unaware! Did you? 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I did! But they were NOT cheap. 😬 4mo
DivineDiana Good for you! Yes,the price for theater and concert tickets are astounding! Making memories- priceless! 🙂 4mo
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Jacki_Reads
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I‘m SO sad I missed the broadway show when it was in town, because this is an AMAZING story. A journey of self-discovery, all while combatting with depression, anxiety, and loneliness. I couldn‘t recommend this more. 💙 “Today is going to be an amazing day. Because you‘re you, and that‘s enough.” 💙

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Kshakal
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One of my friends just got home from NYC and brought me a gift!!! I love this show so much!!!

Oryx So excited to see this in November (in London) 5mo
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KatsGypsySoul
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This book. I'm not even sure what to say. In today's day and age this one should be required reading. So many windows into mental health. Glad I picked it up on a whim and chose to finish it during my #deweysreadathon . #imnotcryingyourecrying #notmyphoto

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KatsGypsySoul
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A lovely, spring day with my new deck furniture - just in time for #readathon ! Looking forward to finishing up this tear jerker and picking my next read! Here's hoping for some more sunny breaks ☀️🌞🌱🌳

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KarenUK
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Just went to see Dear Evan Hansen.... Soooo good!
“I‘m not crying, your crying!” 😭

TrishB Going in November when it arrives over here! 7mo
Tex2Flo Really want to see this one. Sounds amazing from all accounts 7mo
KarenUK @TrishB Really hope you enjoy it... it was fantastic 👍💕 7mo
TrishB My daughter is mad on it! It‘s a bday pressie for her. 7mo
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Kaylamburson
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After listening to this audiobook, I really want to see the show. The narrators were fantastic, and I wish they snuck in more songs from the show. I actually had no idea what the show was about before I read this, but it's a powerful story that I couldn't turn off. Plenty of funny moments, but a lot of emotion, too.

TrishB Going to see in November when it comes to London. 8mo
mklong Bring all the tissues when you go! I was totally unprepared! 8mo
Kaylamburson That's what I keep hearing! I'm listening to the soundtrack now, which I usually never do before a show, but I feel like the book already prepared me for what to expect! @mklong. I hope you enjoy it, @TrishB ! 8mo
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ElizaMarie
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So I downloaded this and heard it today while doing my errands and just maintaining the home :) anyway it was super good! I really enjoyed the audio book with the way he was able to convey the emotions but maintaining the respect this book deserves

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edennugget
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Strawberries, scone, coffee ☕️

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kricheal
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I only read this because my youngest has been dying for me to watch the musical with him. I'm hoping some singing makes me like this more but after reading this I have no idea why they thought "Hey let's add some song and dance to this depressing train wreck!" #jazzhands I'm pretty sure that's how their musical concept meeting went. #23 #2019

megnews I have tickets to see this in June. Part of a subscription series. I wasn‘t too thrilled about storyline but I‘ve heard some good things. 8mo
kricheal @megnews I've heard great things too, but after reading it I'm not sure why. If you see it before I do, let me know! 8mo
ravenlee I think the play came first, and this is a novelization. Which might make the concept more weird rather than less. 8mo
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readinginthedark I mean, song and dance do make depressing things more bearable...like Rent. So maybe it works? 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
kricheal @ravenlee That makes much more sense! 8mo
kricheal @readinginthedark After I posted this I immediately thought well Rent is successful so.... 8mo
readinginthedark 😆 Great minds! 8mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

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BookHoarder32
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#bookhaul #dearevanhansen #BNbookhaul

I just found out the touring company of Dear Evan Hansen is coming to the Twin Cities (MN) in late May/early June.

I'd sell a kidney to go, but they're doing a lottery to buy tickets... 😔

TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 I got tickets for London in November. 8mo
wanderinglynn Fingers crossed for you! 🤞🏻 8mo
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maleahrae
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I'm so glad I found a community that understands why I needed to buy 4 new books in the past two weeks even though I have a stack I haven't read as well as a couple library books I haven't finished yet! Thanks, Litsy! 😁

Itchyfeetreader This is a good stack - only one I have not read is Dr Evan Hanson 8mo
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HBecker20
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

“Burning is the right way to paint it. You feel yourself getting so hot, day after day. Hotter and hotter. It gets to be too much. Even for stars. At some point they fizzle out or explode. Cease to be. But if you‘re looking up at the sky, you don‘t see it that way. You think those stars are still there. Some aren‘t. Some are already gone. Long Gomez‘s i guess, now so am I.”

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HBecker20
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

I think this book would be great for students who feel like an outcast, or don‘t think they have many/any friends. Evan is a character that all kids could potentially relate to as everyone feels like an outcast sometimes. While some students may seem ‘popular‘ or have more friends, doesn‘t mean that they can‘t be sad on the inside. I think this book would help children see other people in a different perspective.

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HBecker20
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Evan Hansen is a high school senior. He is assigned by his therapist to write letters to himself about why each day will be good, which becomes a catalyst for the plot of the story. He also has never had any friends, and has a crush on a girl who doesn‘t know that Evan exists.

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CotziasReads
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Barnes and Noble Book Haul. 50% off books and a free tote.
😁😁 #bookhaul

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TrishB
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Yay 🎉🎉 just got my daughter tickets for the show when it opens in the West End in November!
I might have to read this beforehand 😁

JaclynW I would love to see this! 8mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff 👍🏻 8mo
Pricel101 My daughter @samjmitchell is going to see it in Toronto in April! Sounds so fun! 8mo
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TrishB @JaclynW @Cathythoughts @Pricel101 me and the kids are going to have a weekend in London 👍🏻 8mo
Purrfectpages I‘m jealous! 8mo
Aimeesue My daughter won a ticket to see this on Broadway in a couple months. Kinda thinking of waylaying her and taking her place on bus. If only I knew how to fake college IDs! 😂 8mo
JaclynW @TrishB Have fun! 8mo
TrishB @Purrfectpages it should be good 👍🏻 8mo
TrishB @Aimeesue lol 👍🏻 8mo
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caraalwaysreading
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I have been DYING to get my hands on this book for so long! When my library finally got it returned, I had to snatch it up. I read it in one sitting and didn't sleep until well into the early hours of the morning. It was so worth it, because this book RIPPED MY HEART TO PIECES!!! If you get the chance, please please please pick this up. You won't regret it.

Starred Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

#dearevanhansen #ya #librarybooks #sadbooks

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Books.Coffee.Happiness
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Started this book tonight...hope it's good, I've heard good things😊 #currentlyreading #readingtime #DearEvanHansen

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Got up to 60F (15c) yesterday, ventured up to Niagara Falls for #litsywalkers #4miles #treadmillbreak Reading tagged book because I am going to see the musical in May! #currentlyreading

Cinfhen Stunning!!!! And Dear, Evan Hansen is soooooooo good ❤️🎵 9mo
Howseldomtheydo @Cinfhen Thanks! I don‘t normally read YA but I‘m enjoying it. 9mo
Kaye Great walk and beautiful view. 9mo
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DivineDiana Now, that‘s an amazing walk! 9mo
Bookwormjillk Beautiful! 9mo
CouronneDhiver Enjoy! 9mo
Cinfhen I saw the musical in NY last summer - totally worth it!!!!! And I read the book first totally NOT worth it 😂😂 9mo
BarbaraBB What a gorgeous walk - and view 😍 9mo
RachelO Wow! 9mo
DarcysMom Wow! What a breathtaking walk. 9mo
Wife 🌹Lovely Pic! 9mo
staci.reads Saw the musical last weekend with my daughters...still wrecked! 😭 9mo
Howseldomtheydo @staci.reads Note to self...don‘t forget tissues 😢 9mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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1. Tagged it!
2. Ravenclaw
3. Probably something on the History channel? I don't remember, probably because I wasn't paying attention. Lol if it was something I chose to watch, it was Parks & Rec!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Love Parks and Rec! Thanks for joining in 💙🖤💙 10mo
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JoyBlue
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I haven't seen/am unlikely to see the stage production, so I'm unable to compare. I thought this was servicible YA, though possibly longer than it needed to be if the story wasn't going to be developed more/better. Tough topic.

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inahreads
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Loved this book so much and how it delved deeper into the story. I got more of Connor as I read this.

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Madds
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Finally done with this emotional journey. While it wasn‘t a difficult read (in terms of writing style) I ended up blowing though half the book in one sitting! I found myself struggling a lot with these types of issues in 2018, so it almost seems fitting for “Dear Evan Hansen” to be my first book of 2019. (Here‘s to a better year!)

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Ravenclawsbookshelf
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I have thought of today's prompt for a few hours. This novel just screams who lives, who dies, who tells your story. @Cinfhen @vivastory #MusicalNewYear

vivastory I haven't read this, but it sounds interesting 10mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf @vivastory it is an extension and expansion of the plot in the musical. 10mo
Cinfhen Funny how the mind works...good choice. 10mo
MatchlessMarie OMG how did I miss this challenge 😍 10mo
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ashesofabookdragon
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New Book Review is up! (LINK IN BIO)👀
#DearEvanHansen #ValEmmich
This book was quite the read for me. I loved the plot but the characters were rough for me to like. I hope we get more books dealing with mental health in 2019.
Thank you to #NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book to read and review! 💜
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#book #bookreview #bookworm #read #reading #reader #bookblogger #youngadult #arc

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Madds
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Do I know the entire musical by heart? Of course. Am I still going to read the entire book? Definitely. Am I fully emotionally/mentally prepared? No. Absolutely not.

BookHoarder32 Ooo love the bracelet 8mo
Madds @BookHoarder32 Thank you 😊 8mo
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GondorGirl
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I'm not quite finished with this one yet, but I'll admit to feeling disappointed. I really enjoy the musical, so I thought the book would add some depth (which, to be fair, it does). But for a short book this feels like it's slogging along and I'm having a lot of second hand embarrassment. 😕

jazzigen95 I felt the same way! I was waiting for it to be published and it was a bit of a let down. It felt really juvenile to me. I liked the insight we got into Connor, though. 11mo
GondorGirl @jazzigen95 Connor was the best part of the book. And I agree completely that it felt really juvenile. Overall I'm glad I read it, but I don't think I'll revisit it any time soon. 11mo
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Ravenclawsbookshelf
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I have issues with this book, this is only because I don't like the fact that the main character lies for a good portion of the novel. I read this book being a fan of the musical, so if you know the musical you will love it. Also, I loved all the Conor Murphy content.

jazzigen95 I feel like they made it really simple in the way it was written, almost for middle school age kids more than anything. I really liked Connor and the new info revealed about him in it! 11mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf I feel they made the book for alll ages yrs. The fanbase of the musical is wide, do it makes sense that they would do the same sort of thing with the book. 11mo
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IheartYA
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It was pretty good. Not mind blowing. I thought the ending would be awesome and dramatic but it kind of fizzled out. The play is probably fantastic, and I can see why it would have a huge following.

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While I enjoyed the story, it was actually kind of hard to read. It really hit home for me as someone that has done destruction during episodes of mania, Evan Hansen‘s story was very relatable. Charlie, my doggo also approves.

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KirstieE
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Really enjoyed this one. I could relate to the MC with his battles with anxiety and fitting in. Overall, it was a heartbreaking story that I loved ❤️

4 🌟 #YA #Bookabuy

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KirstieE
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#currentlyreading and loving this more and more everyday 💙

Purrfectpages Great book! 11mo
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TieDyeDude
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A bit of a let-down. I feel like if I were describing the story and asked, "Guess what happens next" at the major plot points, you'd probably guess correctly 80% of the time. Still, a decent listen. I picked this up because the soundtrack doesn't really give you much of a sense of the story, so I'm interested in listening to the music again with this new perspective.

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This books touches on so many important topics like mental health, loneliness, anxiety and grief. This book made me feel many things; from frustration at Evan‘s choices to continue the lie to the despair I felt for Connor Murphy and his family. It definitely made me want to hug my friends and family a little tighter. 💙

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