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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Good Story with One Terrible Narrator
I would! I enjoyed it. I think comparisons to Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn are a bit of a stretch. It's a good book, but it's not "the next Gone Girl" or whatever.
I would definitely recommend this to someone else from Minnesota. I think being Minnesotan makes for increased enjoyment of this book.
It's not that kind of thriller. You know Hattie dies, and the book is about unraveling how and whodunnit. So no, I was not on the edge of my seat, but I was interested enough to keep at it despite how much I disliked 1 of the 3 narrators.
Caitlin Thorburn: sweet, clear, charming. She sounds like a young girl and does a good job when she does Portia's voice, too. However, she mispronounced "pho," "Guthrie," and several other words. Man, if you're narrating a book about Minnesota, look up how to pronounce "Guthrie." It's not hard.
Jeff Harding: gruff, deliberate, middling. His cadence seems a little forced at times, but it works for the character, so it didn't bother me.
John Moraitis: wrong, warbly, arrhythmic. I do not understand why this narrator was cast to play a young Minneapolis man named Peter Lund. Moraitis sounds like he has a speech impediment around his Rs and Ls, and his cadence is really off-putting. It sounds like he doesn't know what he's reading until he gets to the word, and then he has to carefully move his mouth around the words. I'm not sure how else to describe it. I dislike it so much that I almost returned the book after listening to him for 2 minutes. The story was enough to keep me invested and I just gritted my teeth to get through it.
No? Who on earth would sit and listen to a book for nearly 12 hours in one sitting?
I wish I'd read it, not listened to it. I think the narration is making me enjoy this book far less than I would have had I actually read it.
Too bad about lackluster narration