Published 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?
The story starts with Hattie running away from home, to start a new life. The only problem is she didn’t think her plan out too well and encountered problems which lead to her deserting her plans. The next day we find out Hattie has been murdered and that is how I found out the story was a murder/mystery, not romance book which made me a bit sad but I also love crime solving books, so I was still excited.
Mind you, I didn’t read the blurb, I don’t read most blurbs until I am done with the book.
Hattie has always been good at acting how people in her life expect her to, she had everything down to a perfect T. No one really knew who the true Hattie was and I don’t even think she knew who she truly was aside from knowing she was a sensational actress. She was scary in the fact that she is so cunning and manipulatively without seeming to be, to her victims which set her out as a spectacular character.
The narrators are Hattie, Sheriff Goodman, and Peter Lund.
Yes, Hattie is dead, but we really need to know her story to understand the lead up to her death, because it has been ruled out that Hattie had been killed by someone close to her.
Sheriff Goodman was key in figuring out who had killed Hattie and why. For it was a personal case to him for he’s best of friends with the deceased father and had known her since she was little. He was good and true to himself and his job.
Peter Lund, I didn’t get his role in the story until later. His story is a bit predictable.
Out of the three point of views the story mainly follows, I found myself disliking Hattie the most.
The ending and finding out who did it, who killed Hattie didn’t come as a surprise or shock to me in the end and the ending felt kind of rushed, I don’t know.
I would like to say this book was alright, but it didn’t give me the certain thrill I get from reading crime-solving and mystery books. I couldn’t connect with characters and I had to force myself to go all the way with the book. Ms. Mejia did a good job with writing this book and I am very sure that a lot of people will find this book extremely wonderful and everything, but it was just an alright read for me.
I started this book last year, but other books came up, it started off good, but I hate reading with kindle which is where most of the books I get from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors and publishers get sent, it makes reading very slow for me. I love iBooks lol.