Everything You Want Me to Be

Everything You Want Me to Be

A Novel

Book - 2017
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High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When shéђةs 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 Hattiéђةs acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of vieẃђؤDel, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumblinǵђؤEverything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattiéђةs last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.
Publisher: New York, NY : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, 2017
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781501123429
1501123424
Branch Call Number: FICTION MEJIA 2017
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm

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laneyg85
Aug 31, 2017

This book had me hooked from the first page and I could not put it down! It was so well written, so many wonderful details of a small country town that I could easily imagine in my head, and the characters were coming right off the pages they were so real. It also had some great twists and turns and a few things that I did not see coming. Overall, it was a fantastic read that i will be recommending to others.

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Newmommy09
Aug 16, 2017

I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The characters were engaging and interesting. About 3/4 of the way in the book, though, I was ready to be done with the story. I will keep on the lookout for Ms. Mejia's next book.

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cmfrakes
Aug 15, 2017

Just...no on this book. Didn't like the character development, it wasn't difficult to figure out the ending, didn't care for the writing style. It was boring, I skimmed to the end just to see if I had accurately guessed the murderer (and hey, I was right!). Pass on this one, there are way better reads.

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bawaugaman
Aug 02, 2017

It's only just okay. If you're looking for the next Gone Girl, this isn't it. Somewhat predictable and the moralizing of "city folk" gets quite grating by the end. Good enough read for a few hours, but easily forgotten.

ehbooklover Jul 13, 2017

3.5 stars. This story is told from through the use of three different, well developed characters. While they are definitely not very likeable, they are interesting and the method of narration is very effective and kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a great twist at the end too!

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wilqser
May 28, 2017

Mystery about a teenager found murdered in a rural town and a sheriff determined to find the killer. Not much of a detective story here, but the story keeps your attention; although I found it too predictable. Also, being a city guy, I found it preachy with the country stuff. Could have passed on this one.

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s390325
Apr 06, 2017

Great read, very engaging- I stayed up quite late to finish it! I took it off the new books display because I thought the title and cover were intriguing. I did not think that it would be about a high school age girl. However, I enjoyed the back and forth narratives from different people and at different times to tell the story. I have to admit I was confused at first by the jumping back and forth in time, but ultimately thought it was an excellent way of building suspense because you want to know not just who did it, but why. Peter Lund is a sympathetic character at first, and then becomes less and less so. After I finished it, I found myself thinking... most of the characters are lying about something, but who is lying the most, and who is the most culpable of the liars? (Spoiler alert) Peter's wife lies by not telling her husband that she intends to return permanently to rural life, Peter lies by letting his wife think he is completely okay with living in a rural area (and a lot else, specifically the affair), and Hattie is apparently lying to almost everyone about everything- or at least acting so many parts with the people closest to her that she has a chart to keep it all straight! I don't think lying or acting a part are acceptable behavior, but I feel sorry for Hattie because she learned this behavior at such a young age and is only just beginning to realize there might be another way to relate to other people. It's unfortunate that the first person she relates to completely as herself is someone that can never be who she wants him to be and leads to tragedy.

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pharra19
Mar 25, 2017

Why is there not more hype about this book? I absolutely loved it!!
I almost didn't pick it up because the cover turned me off, and the description of the plot line sounded old and trite. But am I glad I did!
The characters are so real, they leap off the page. The story jumps back and forth between the past year, leading up to a teenage girl's murder, and the present police investigation after her body is found. The author has us guessing right up until the end, what happened to her.
I loved how the past and the present had an almost entirely different set of characters, and how I came to care about all of them.
My criteria for a good book is does it make me want to run out and read something else this author has written? Ms. Mejia has written a coupe of other books, but sadly, my library doesn't carry them.
For the first time in years, I may have to actually buy a book!

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wyenotgo
Mar 19, 2017

I realize that my rating of this book is entirely at odds with almost every other review I've read but I regret to say that I found it objectionable on several grounds. First of all, I'm no prude; I try to accept people as they are and I don't recall having said this about a book before but this one offends me on moral grounds. The victim/heroine is a spoiled, selfish, shallow girl who falls victim to her own willful behavior. Peter, despite being a superb teacher in the classroom (would to God I had ever been fortunate to have encountered one half as good in my high school days!) is a spineless wimp who allows his wife and his mother-in-law to destroy his life; the steps he takes in an attempt to assuage his damaged ego are beyond contempt. With two such leading characters, the novelist was facing an uphill battle from the start in seeking to hold my attention. Finally, the central premise of the story, a girl who dies a violent death in connection with her online indiscretions is tiresomely mundane and depressing. As for Mejia's writing, it's workmanlike but lacks any particular merits that would lift if above the run-of-the-mill trashy stuff that seems to sell well in airport shops and drug stores.

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aliciamarie
Mar 09, 2017

This book starts with the murder of Hattie Hoffman. She is a high school senior in a very small town where everyone knows everyone. This murder shakes the town, as no one believes anyone a part of the community could have done such a thing.

Switching characters and time periods we are introduced to characters in this small town and start to get a glimpse into the real life of Hattie. Who is she exactly? depending on who she is talking to, she transforms into exactly who that person expects her to be. Does anyone actually know the real girl inside?

We also get flashbacks from Hattie's points of view. How she acted, what she said, and what she thought about her life leading up to the murder. What secrets she kept, and who she shared them with, if she shared them at all.

It was a very unique and interesting way to tell the story. I really enjoyed the multiple points of view. To be honest, this mystery kept me guessing right up to the end! It was very engaging and kept me intrigued. Usually, a reader thinks they have figured it "who done it" mid-story. I thought I had too, but I was wrong!

"Everything You Want Me to Be:A Novel" is a fast paced, thriller that I recommend. It is available on Amazon now.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read and give my honest review.

Happy Reading!

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