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Published by Atria Books on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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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?
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Angy’s Review: 5 Stars
This book blew my mind in so many ways. The next chat review you are about to read was written before I finished the book and I assure you, I would not change a word of it. The writing, the plotting, the ending was flawless. I kept guessing who was the murdered and I was very surprised in the end. I hope everyone get this book and read it, it is really amazing. Now, enjoy our chat review.
Chat Review with Savannah and Angy
A few years ago I met Savannah within the bloggers community and we became instant friends. She’s not a blogger anymore but we are still friends and we keep talking about books and blogging and life in general. We are no so far away from each other, she lives in my neighbor country, Venezuela, and we plan to meet each other one day. Anyway, a few days ago I told her: OMG I know a book you’d like to read, and you can guess what she said about it, because here we are, chatting about it.
So, here I present you all, my dear friend, Savannah:
A: Hello *waves*
S: Hola. Greetings from Venezuela
A: So what’s up?
S: Starting this 2017 with an interesting, mind fuck read, Mindy Mejia is playing with my mind since chapter one.
A: I’m so happy to read this book, it felt refreshing to me *romance reader alert over here hahaha* but I agree with you, it was a mind fuck since chapter one.
S. I agree with you. She fulfilled the promise of the summary. This is a book “full of twists and turns” when I think I know something, she changes the game… don’t you think?
A: Yes, especially when it came to the suspect of the murder? I was like: It was this one, oh no, it was that one, and who was in the end? *chuckles* But yes, it was a great book full of twists and suspense.
S: Not only about the suspect, even with main character’s personalities. Hattie is the most intriguing character I’ve read ever (I think) and we’re talking about a teenager. She has so many layers and personalities inside her. It’s kind of scary thing.
A: I gotta admit I felt so related to her in so many aspects. Especially about acting out to make people happy. But I was never so calculating and diabolical as she was. WOW, that girl had me fooled half of the book.
S: Yes. She is a mastermind with that. (I almost drop a spoiler here) But the readers will be surprised to find how calculating and manipulative she is. But she didn’t fool to me. I always suspect of that kind of people.
A: *sigh* I know… But seriously, she was brilliant. I liked her, kind of *chuckles*
S: Of course. As character she’s impressive because is pretty hard tagging her as heroine or villain… you know?
A: Truer words ever. The constructions of the characters in this book was flawless indeed. For example Peter and the Sheriff Del. WOW, just as amazing as Hattie. Peter was one of my suspects… wait, is this a spoiler? Hahahah maybe it is, let’s just say he is a suspect 100% of the time but I refused to think he is guilty.
S: I’ll be honest: At the moment we’re doing this chat review I haven’t finished the book because I know would be so difficult for me talking about it and don’t drop a spoiler. Also I don’t want to finish because I’m enjoying it so much.
A: Well, my dear, I’m guilty too, because I haven’t finished either, and I’m dying to know the truth.
S: I am almost there, and again Ms. Mejia is playing with my mind. Because she showed two of my suspects but they’re not guilty, seemingly *wink*
A: Oh. My. God. I need to know, we better go back reading but let people know why everybody should read this book, even if they are not into thrillers 🙂
S: IMO if you want to start this year with something fresh, interesting, and compelling this book would be perfect for you. Sometimes I forget this is a YA book and it reminds me Gone Girl. Hattie is so Amy.
A: I agree with you, I loved the suspense in it, the incredible and believable story that has layers and layers, like you said, and to be honest, it makes me want to read more thrillers, because if they are as good as this book, I’ve been missing a lot in the literary world *wink*
S: Siiiii. Finally, new genres for Angy.
A: Before we go back reading, I think I’ll give my rating, even before finishing it. 5 stars for the murder, 5 stars for the investigator and 5 more stars for the murderer. *chichles* Kidding I know you hate this kind of ratings, but seriously, I’m blown away with this book. I’ll give 5 stars for it. How about you?
S: Mmmm… I am not in the mood of rating with stars anymore *wink* but I unquestionably recommend this book to everyone who wants to give a try to YA genre with a bit of suspense.
A: I can live with that *chuckles* Thanks my dear for reading this book with me, it was so fun, and stressing, but fun nonetheless. I am looking forward to buddy reading more books with you.
S: Awesome. Thank you so much for the invite. This was so fun, but we need to wrap up this and return our kindles for discover what the hell happened with Hattie and if our suspicions were right. Chao 😉
A: Adios, amiga. Que leas chevere. Hey, before you go, we need to listen the audiobook of this book. *evil laughter*
S: WHAT????? There is an audiobook of this book??? Why in the hell you didn’t say it before?
A: YES!!! Check the sample. It has three narrators and it sounds amazing. Can’t freaking wait to dive again into this awesome story.
S: Mmmmm. Now, I have a problem, because I am not sure if I want to pause the read and wait for the audiobook… Decisions, decisions!
A: *evil laugh* Finish it and repeat it with the audiobook.
S: I haven’t done that with suspense books ever. Maybe in a couple of months. But enjoy the audio, the sample sounds great and they’re new narrators for us. I’ll be waiting for your audiobook review.
A: I’ll be listening to it and reviewing it, hopefully soon. Ok, my dear, we better go. Happy reading *HUGS*
S: Happy reading. And Happy New Year for all of your readers. Hope this 2017 brings us a lot of amazing books as Everything You Want Me To Be.
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