Happy Friday, book nerds!
I’m super behind on my #ContemporaryAThon goals based off the potential DNF-line I encountered in book 3 yesterday. I’m still grossed out over it, but I’m glad to know I wasn’t alone in that. I’m hoping to shake it off and really focus in on my TBR this weekend, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see how I do!
As for today’s post, it’s time to check out this week’s:
What’s it about? First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
HOW IT WORKS?
PICK A BOOK OFF YOUR SHELF (IT COULD BE A CURRENT READ OR ON YOUR TBR) AND OPEN TO THE FIRST PAGE.
COPY THE FIRST FEW LINES, BUT DON’T PROVIDE ANY OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK JUST YET — LET’S SEE IF IT HOOKS THE READER IN!
FINALLY…REVEAL THE BOOK!
READ ON TO DISCOVER THIS FRIDAY’S SOURCE:
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
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.
First and foremost, I’m blessed to have this physical ARC because of Lilly and I couldn’t be more thankful! Dear Evan Hansen is a musical I’ve been creeping on for years — long before it ever hit Broadway. My interest was high because I knew the talented team behind the upcoming project. I met its creators before their La La Land and Greatest Showman buzz at a local theater event a few years back, and even interacted with the show’s Tony-winning lead during his stint with Book of Mormon. And when that album dropped…y’all…it was the ONLY thing that made me finally turn off Hamilton. My hubby considered writing a thank you note! 😂 And while I’m thankful to have the beautiful soundtrack, I’m also dying to get a better understanding of this incredibly twisted tale. Because despite countless replays, there’s only so many details that can be gleaned from lyrics alone. Insert the gifted ARC. Now I’ll finally be able to unravel the backstory and discover the scenes that occur between the catchy tracks. Now I’ll be able to understand (maybe) the motivations behind Hansen’s extremely questionable actions. Now I’ll get to experience DEH in a whole new format, which will tide me over until I can make my way back to NYC and #BeFound myself! I’m halfway through this emotional novel and will have my full review up before it drops on October 9th.
Has anyone else read this musical-inspired story? Have any of you lucky ducks been able to catch the show on Broadway? Obsessed over the soundtrack? Even if you said no to all 3 above, do you plan on adding it to your TBRs based off the opening line or synopsis? Let me know below! Have a wonderful weekend, loves!
And, as always: Happy Reading!