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?
Everything You Want Me to Be
Pub Date: 1/3/17
Emily Bestler Books (Atria)
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Mindy Mejia's Everything You Want Me to Be is everything I love about mystery and more. The agonizing suspense and unique storytelling form a mystery unlike any that I have yet read.
Hattie Hoffman had dreams of moving to New York and living the big life. The discovery of her body after the opening night of her high school play causes quite the stir in her small town, Pine Valley. The sheriff, a family friend of the Hoffmans, makes it a personal mission to find her killer and piece together what brought her to the end of her life. The story is told in alternating viewpoints of Hattie, Del Goodman the sheriff, and Hattie's English teacher Peter Lund. As the story unfolds connections are explored and motives seemingly written in black and white. Mindy Mejia cleverly holds the whole truth close until the last of Hattie's life is examined.
Hattie forged connections with those around her by becoming what she thought they wanted her to be. I honestly thought she was a nut job because of the way she pretended with everyone, but she only took to extremes what plenty of us do everyday. Who hasn't pretended to have fun with a friend that really bored the snot out of them? She was a young girl learning to find herself in a sea of characters she'd created. Hattie wasn't the only character rich with human emotion or flaws. Del, Peter and other supporting characters fill this story with colorful personalities that provide depth to the novel.
Everything You Want Me to Be is a fantastic read. Mindy Mejia's brilliant story is engaging, thought provoking and perfect for a weekend read!
*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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