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Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
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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?
This book had me on my toes. I loved the various points of view. Each one gives us a look into the past and present.
I was never sure which way the story was going to go. I thought I had things figured out only to be wrong. I’d try again and be wrong. I loved that this book kept me guessing.
Mejia did a fantastic job of showing us the life of the three main characters. You feel for each of them, even when what they are doing is questionable. The ages of Hattie, Del and Peter are different and she did a fascinating job of putting the reader into each of their shoes.
I don’t want to say too much because it would be spoilery, but this book is definitely one you’ll want to pick up. The characterizations, plot and mystery will have you flipping the pages as fast as you can.