Title: Everything You Want Me to Be
Author: Mindy Mejia
Pub. Date: 1/3/2076
Genre: Psychological Suspense
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?
My Review: 5/5
When Hattie is found murdered, the whole town becomes involved. From the beginning we also are living in the small town, trying to solve the crime along with Del (the lead sheriff on the case).
I love murder mysteries, especially when the setting is a small town and twists are on every page. This one kept me guessing until the very end…a VERY good thing! When the book ended, I was stunned.
This book deals with so much more than the actual murder though. The author takes us back in time to learn just who Hattie is. And, honestly, we don’t really find out who she is until the very end. She is an an actress who takes on different rolls, on stage and off. She can literally become someone different to everyone she meets. Is this a good thing…or bad?
This book really got me to thinking about the high school years, and even younger. There is so much pressure put on those age groups, would it be easier to just mold yourself to be someone different in every circumstance?
While parts of the book are creepy (with the English teacher), it is thought provoking and wonderfully written. It didn’t give me the “ewwww” feeling I though I would have, but more of an insight into the complicated composure of a girl.
I loved this book. Not only is the story complex, told by different point of views (my favorite), it is gripping and one I could not put down.
***Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.