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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 community. It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

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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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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 girlfriend, a good student…

But, when she is found brutally stabbed to death, the shocking facts about her secret life come bubbling to the surface and will shock the town and devastate lives for a long time to come.

Peter, who is Hattie’s high school English teacher, gives us his perspective, as he explains how he came to live in Pine Valley with his wife, Mary.

Mary’s mother is gravely ill, but she refuses to sell the farm, leaving Mary no choice but to stay and take care of her and the farm. Peter, however, feels like an outsider as Mary’s focus on her mother’s health becomes morosely obsessive, leaving little room for Peter.

Del is the head of Pine Valley law enforcement and walks us through the investigation into Hattie’s murder. His story is raw, and conflicting as he must maintain professionalism while delivering bad news to one of his best friends and grieve the loss of a girl he watched grow up.

But, the most haunting voice is Hattie’s, who tells us her story posthumously. She’s a chameleon in many ways, a teenager with a bright future, a little too advanced for her small-town classmates and friends, who needs more a challenge. She has big dreams and hopes and nothing is going to get in her way of what she wants...

For me, this story was deeply absorbing and hard to put down. The focus is firmly on the characterizations, but that doesn’t compromise the mystery and suspense elements. There is an understated quality to the story, as it moves toward what appears to be an inevitable outcome. I was so consumed by the characters’ emotions and actions, I never saw the twists coming. But, once they start, they just keep coming, with one shock wave after another.

This is the first book I’ve read by Mindy Mejia and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. I loved her writing style and her ability to pull me so deeply into the story, building suspense at just the right pace. I love it when a book is unpredictable and challenges me, really making me work for it, and just when I think I have it all worked out, pulls the rug out from under me.

Good stuff! I recommend it to all mystery, suspense and thriller fans!

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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 50s, but its 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, Ive 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 timing on my part.

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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 doesnt feel she fits in and has been acting her entire life. Shes 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 first night she plays Lady Macbeth in her school production. Mirroring Shakespeares tragedy, was Hatties desire her undoing in the end?
In addition to Hatties first-person perspective, we hear from Del Goodman, the towns sheriff, who is also a good friend of Hatties Dad and has known Hattie all her life, and from Peter Lund, the high school English teacher, who recently left Minneapolis at his wifes request to move in with his mother-in-law whose health was rapidly deteriorating.
The 3 different first-person perspectives and the time switches between spring 2008 and summer/fall 2007 worked very well here and didnt create any confusion. I enjoyed following each of these tormented characters perspectives and found them pretty balanced, in the way that each character had positive as well as negative traits, which helped to make them realistic and I could relate to some aspects of all their lives. The writing sucked me in right from the start and the way the plot unfolded was exceptional. The last 40% were unputdownable and I chose to ignore life around me until I got to the end. It was extremely easy to engage with these characters and to become emotionally involved in everything that was happening in this small town. A few unexpected twists, the fantastic character-driven plot, accomplished writing, and the questions it raised in my mind about relationships and life, in general, made this into a story that will stay with me for a while.
A definite recommendation for adding this to 2017s TBR! (To be published January 3rd.)
I received an ARC via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and completely unbiased.

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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 hearts to the probability that he may never return. They focus on Hattie; make her the centre of their lives. Then she is murdered............and the true Hattie slowly emerges.

Told from three points of view— the local sheriff, Hattie herself, and her new English teacher —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.

This is a story that twists and turns. It is entirely plausible, realistic. It is breath-taking, stunning and haunting.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus for providing a digital ARC of The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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