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Everything You Want Me to Be
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town co ...more
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....more
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 rip
High school senior Hattie Hoffman is good at being good. The good student, good child, good friend, good actress, etc. So when she's found brutally stabbed to death after her opening performance at her high school play, no one can believe it. The question on everyone's mind is...
Who killed Hattie Hoffman?
The story is told from three points of view—Sheriff Del Goodman, Hattie Hoffman, and the new English teacher, Peter Lund. ...more
This book was perfection..for me anyways.
It's one of those that you know you should look away from but it wraps it's twisted little story around your mind and you just can't look away.
Hattie Hoffman is in high school and has always been one of the top of the food chain girls. She gets the leads in the drama plays, she has the best friend that adores her, she has p ...more
Everything You Want Me to Be aimed to be that mirror fo ...more
Hattie Hoffman is a talented, intelligent, beautiful high school senior who wants more out of life than her small Minnesota hometown can offer. She dreams of becoming an actress, of moving to New York City just after graduation. She already has a plan, even if she doesn't know anyone or have much money. She has the talent and she has the drive, but no one around her, not her friends or her family, really understand why she wants to leave, nor do they want her to go.
As her ...more
This is a story told from 3 points of view and in two rather close time frames. We have Hattie, a very unique and quite brilliant high school senior; her A ...more
An interesting read surrounding the murder of a girl who completely lacks a self-identity. Hattie is excellent at playing the role of whomever she is “expected” to be, switching from one persona to the next as a chameleon changes colors. To say Hattie is misunderstood would be an understatement—she’s sort of a contradiction.
There isn't a single person Hattie won’t alter herself to please, yet she’s very self-aware and knows exactly where her choices will lead her.(Well, almost.) She ...more
There are two questions this story will demand you find an answer to - who is the real Hattie Hoffman and why would anyone want her dead? To her best friend, parents, boyfriend and fellow-classmates; Hattie is a great listener, a wholesome girl, a top-notch student and an aspiring actress. So how did she end up brutally stabbed in an abandoned old barn?
Hattie is the epitome of a master manipulator. As the reader, you’re made privy to the inside scoop, the true reality, the girl behind ...more
I’m sort of brutal when it comes to reviewing mysteries. I ...more
I decided in the end that Hattie 'worked' as a goody-two-shoes. We constantly hear about how nice she is, and how much is she sought for her company. It's a new thing for me to r ...more
This story about Hattie, a high school senior, and an obsession that turns to murder and the upheaval of lives in a small town.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria/Emily Bestler Books for the ARC
★★★★ 4 Stars!
"You say you're just acting, but you're fracturing yourself into a thousand pieces, and every time I see another piece, you're gone again. You turn into someone else, a crowd of someone elses, and it makes me wonder if there's any such thing as Hattie Hoffman".From Everything you Want Me To Be
I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!
Hattie was stabbed to death at the young age of eighteen. (no spoiler here) She was a very good actress.....had the lead role in Macbeth.....had the love of her parents, and was an excellent student. She had her whole life ahead of her, but she chose to live dangerously.....in a world of manipulation.....a world she thought she could control.....until the frightening end.
EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE is the story of Hattie...more
She waited a long time to respond before she wrote, "You're no worse than me. That's all that matters."
We long for others to validate, in some way, the very thing that we believe about ourselves. True or untrue. Fact or fiction. We paint upon the walls of our soul, ironically, the only hue that can be recognized solely by our own eyes.
Hattie Hoffman is fu ...more
Like so many teenagers living in small towns, 18-year-old Hattie Hoffman wanted out of Pine Valley. Specifically, she wanted to go to New York City, where she envisioned acting on Broadway. Instead, she ended up stabbed to death in a barn weeks before graduation after a rave performance as Lady Macbeth in the play. From the points of view of the town sheriff and the obvi ...more
Who is Hattie Hoffman? Perfect daughter. Perfect girlfriend. Perfect best friend. Perfect student. Perfect Actress. Master Manipulator .
When 18-year-old Hattie Hoffman is found murdered, the small community in Pine Bluff, Minnesota is in shock. Why would someone kill innocent Hattie?
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life hiding her true self. She doesn’t fit in small town Pine Bluff, Minnesota, and dreams of the day she can leave for New York. She recognizes she is different from th ...more
I’ve always gravitated to the tragedie...more
Very suspenseful, atmospheric, and absorbing.
This is a cleverly written novel of suspense featuring not one, not two, but three first person perspectives.
Hattie has grown up in Pine Valley, and is bursting to break free. She has played a variety of roles in her life, and can easily transform herself into the person people want her to be. She’s a good daughter to her parents, a good friend, a sweet girl ...more
In all fairness, this book is too YA for me. It is a beautifully written story with all the innocence of a small Midwestern town that seems like it is set in the 50's, but it's actually a contemporary story. Also, it was just making me too sad since the plot revolves around the murder of a high-school girl. As a true-crime fanatic, I've been more than a little obsessed with the Mollie Tibbetts' real-life abduction in the Midwest and reading this book at the same time was really bad ti ...more
This is one of those rare books that captivates, gets its hooks into you and refuses to let go. One of those books which causes you to snarl and growl like a rabid dog if anyone dares to try and interrupt your reading. Mindy Mejia is an outstanding author.
Hattie is a good girl. She has lots of friends, she is an excellent student, a model daughter, an accomplished amateur actress. Her brother Greg has been deployed to Afghanistan. Her parents have hardened their heart ...more
High school senior Henrietta "Hattie" Hoffman loves literature and the theatre and is desperate to leave her rural Minnesotan hometown behind to start an acting career in her dream place, New York City. At school, at home, in her community, Hattie doesn't feel she fits in and has been acting her entire life. She's very successful at playing the parts and being everything everybody else wants her to be, but she "would never become the role". Hattie is murdered on the ...more
This is the story of Hattie's last year on Earth, as she is found murdered in a barn on the opening night of her last high school play.
Told through 3 voices, (Hattie's, the small town detective, and Peter, the high school dram ...more
Who is the real Hattie Hoffman? She’s a High School Student. A Good Daughter. A Great Student. An Actress. A Paramour. The Quarterback’s Innocent Girlfriend. In short, she is whoever she thinks you need her to be, and in playing those roles, she has no idea who she really is. It’s playing all of these different roles, that lands her dead.
This suspenseful thriller is told from three perspectives, Hattie Hoffman, Del Goodman (th ...more
"Most people think acting is make-believe...They don't understand that acting is becoming someone else, changing your thoughts and needs until you don't remember your own anymore. You let the other person invade everything you are and then you turn yourself inside out, spilling their identity onto the stage like a kind of bloodletting. Sometimes I think acting is a disease, but I can't say for sure because I don't know what it's like to be healthy."–Hattie
This book was a steady, subtle joy t ...more
To her parents, Hattie is the perfect daughter, the spunky Minnesota farm girl who does well in school and never causes trouble. To her friends, Hattie is the perfect listener who is always there for them. To her boyfriend, she's the sweet and loving girl, too pure and hesitant to "go all the way." To Peter Lund, her high school English teacher, she is a predator, an over-se ...more
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