Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia - Book Review

Everything You Want Me to BeEverything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
January 3rd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

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?

Rereading that description I'm pretty sure I went in expecting a different story. "A small town's darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death."
Kind of makes it sound like the entire town had something to hide and Hattie knew all about it. Therefore making everyone a suspect in her death.
Now that would be an interesting story.

Everything You Want Me to Be is not that story. It is a very interesting story in it's own right though.
From the beginning I had two or three suspects (the third one you probably wouldn't expect) so the only real question was what caused them to finally snap and murder Hattie.

The real mystery was who was Hattie Hoffman; as the title suggests she's everything you'd want her to be, the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen, she's also one hell of an actress, a bit crazy and maybe just a lost little small town girl. She will make you feel many emotions for her, you'll hope for her and her big city dreams, you'll be annoyed by her naiveté (she really is just a young teen), and you'll fear and be sad for her end (she really is just a young teen).

There is no right or wrong in this story it just is. People doing what they feel is right in that moment. You might agree or you might disagree (personally I was the latter,) but you will get caught up in the lives of these characters. You will want to know how it ends.

Like waking up in the middle of the night, trying to convince yourself that you might as well keep reading seeing as how you're already awake. I can not admit that I liked or really cared about these characters (with the exception of the sheriff, he kind of is the key to the mystery) but I did care about their stories and their actions and where it would all lead.

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