Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Everything You Want Me to Be

Title Everything You Want Me to Be
Author Mindy Mejia
Release Date January 3, 2017

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

Who killed Hattie? Is Hattie as innocent as people think? Most importantly, who is Hattie Hoffman?

I totally get all the positive reviews that this book is getting. Everything You Want Me to Be is a compulsively readable book that keeps you engrossed until the very last page.

The three points of view and the time jumps work so perfectly for this book. It all helps the story unfold in way that keeps you wanting more. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. Perfect ending to a brilliant story.

One thing I'd like to add, I see many people liked Hattie. I'm not so sure I did. She's one of those unlikeable heroines for me. Definitely fascinating, but ultimately the cause of her own demise.


4 out of 5 stars

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