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No one knows who she really is…

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
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Published January 3rd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
This will be a tricky review; I refuse to become spoilery and so I will refrain from saying certain things I would like, but just know this book is well worth your time, money, and energy in reading it. This is one of those books that stays with you well after the final page is turned; I’ve been thinking about this book for days now and am finally composed enough to review it. I’m still not sure why this book hit me the way that it did, as I’m not in any sense relatable to Hattie’s stage of ...more
karen
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
from the publisher:

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
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Deanna
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Mom warned me that I had a lot to learn about the world. I wished she would've mentioned how much the learning was going to hurt.

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.
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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
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Navidad Thélamour
There’s a lot to be said for being a teenager today. Of course, every era has its modern innovations and social expectations to contend with, but it’s rare that we get to see this from the inside looking out, through the eyes of a teenager living in the center of it all. What do they see and how do they feel about it? Does that societal pressure produce a diamond, as the saying goes, or does it crush us under the weight of its expectations?

Everything You Want Me to Be aimed to be that mirror
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Larry H
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

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
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
"My little girl is dead. I held her in my hands yesterday, held her sweet bald head and watched her cry for the first time. I taught her how to drive a tractor on my lap with her little pigtails bouncing in my face. I watched her play queen – – a queen with all the power and wickedness you could imagine. She owned the stage. She lit up. And I hugged her and told her what a good job she did and I let her go. I just let her walk out of that school and die. And I'll be damned if I'm going to sit ...more
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*3.5 stars*

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
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Christine
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow, wow. This book was much more than I expected. Everything You Want Me to Be is an exceptional debut novel by Mindy Mejia. It’s hard for me to categorize it into a single genre. It has bits of suspense, psychological thriller, police procedural, YA, and family drama, all wrapped up in a big ball of rapid page-turning unputdownability.

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
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Melissa
3.5 stars

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
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Debbie
Wait a minute wait a minute. I’d usually be all judgmental and negative about the situation the characters find themselves in (before the murder), but oh no, the writer, with her knack for creating sympathetic characters, tricked me into accepting—hell, into liking—what’s going on here. When a book challenges my morality, I know it’s a good one. But it’s the superb mystery that is the star here, not morality, so get over it I tell myself.

I’m sort of brutal when it comes to reviewing mysteries. I
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Diane S ☔
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had pretty much given up on this kind of book, they all started blending together, deciding to stick to my police procedurals and straight out mysteries. The plot of this one sounded like more of the same, high school girl from a small farming town found dead, but..... so many of my trusted friends were giving this four or more stars so I decided to give it a shot. Started reading and the name of the town, Pine Valley jumped out at me, All my Children, soap opera of many years, thought to ...more
Luffy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the character named Hattie was so sturdy that she would never die. In a way she is alive through the investigation that is conducted after she died. I kind of expected the multiple POV that gives us glimpses in the fictional world of Hattie. It has become - for the better or the worse - a staple treatment.

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
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Dita
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick, easy read. It lacked flourishes and finesse and it also lacked likable characters, although the characterizations were excellent. Unlike most readers, I was not blown away by the ending.

Many books in this genre take the reader on a far bumpier, more thrilling, and ultimately more satisfying ride...
Karen
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I would give a 4.5 rating to this book. I just loved it, it was very hard to put this book down for any length of time. This was is another wonderful debut novel, with a few characters that really stood out as great people.
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
Iris P
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy a well-written psychological thriller
Everything You Want Me to Be


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!
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Carol
3.5 Stars. Beware the consequences of pursuing your darkest desires........

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

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Linda
I received a copy of Everything You Want Me to Be through Goodreads Giveaways. My thanks to Atria Books and to Mindy Mejia for the opportunity.

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
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Meredith
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

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
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Taryn
Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffmann has big dreams of leaving her rural Minnesota town for New York City and becoming a professional actress. Hours after her well-received performance as Lady Macbeth in a high school play, she goes missing. The next day her body is found in an abandoned barn. It turns out that her acting was not just reserved for the stage; the investigation reveals how much of a performance Hattie had been putting on for everyone around her.

I’ve always gravitated to the
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Julie
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia is a 2017 Atria/ Emily Bestler Books publication.

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
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
A teenage girl’s murder splits apart a rural Minnesota community, uncovering not only her secrets, but also those of the town.

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
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♡ Kim ♡
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I now understand the term book crack! This book was utterly addicting. I am so glad that it came recommended to me and that I had a chance to read it. I honestly could not stop reading, and when I had to take breaks I found myself talking about it and trying to predict the outcome. By far, this has been one of my favorite reads of the summer and possibly one of my favorite reads of 2016! Yes, it was that good! Highly addictive!
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THREE STARS

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
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Petra
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, really, really good!
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
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
WOW! This book is BRILLIANT!

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
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Jan
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hattie, a small town girl who is soon to graduate high school, has big dreams of acting and moving to New York. She loves to act-in fact her whole life can be described as one long play, with her changing into multiple characters, depending on whom she is interacting with.

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
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Aestas Book Blog
WOW!! What an awesome book! This was a big genre switch for me — a murder mystery rather than a romance — and it was seriously SO WELL WRITTEN!!!! I was sooooo sure who the killer really was but the ending actually surprised me. The story is told from three perspectives and the way they come together is fascinating, insightful, and mysterious. What I loved most about this book was that it wasn't "thrilling" or "scary", but it was INTERESTING. Engaging. It pulled me into the story and made me ...more
Idarah
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
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"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 to
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abby
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
"You turn into someone else, a crowd of someone elses, and it makes me wonder if there's any such thing as Hattie Hoffman."

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
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My name is Mindy Mejia and I’m a writer. I write because, ever since I was six years old, my favorite game has been pretend. My life doesn't have symmetry, theme, symbolism, or meditated beauty and I gravitate toward these things like a houseplant to the sun. I love the perfect words; I love how “fierce” and “confounded” and “swagger” look on the page and how my chest expands when I read them. I ...more
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