Review: Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

January 6, 2017


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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**** 4½ Star Review ****


This is the most unconventional whodunit story-telling I have ever read. It's so unique and spell-binding, I couldn't put this book down. I honestly didn't want it to end!

I freaking love Hattie. With all of her flaws and manipulation, she is one of those characters I can't help but to love. In truth, I should despise her. I should say she got what she deserved. But the truth is, I can't. 


This story is told from three different point of views. You get Hattie's side, Peter's side and Del's side. Who are these Peter and Del characters? They are people who are very important to this story. Without their side of the story, there really wouldn't be a story. Plus, I don't think we would want Hattie to tell you all of her story. It wouldn't necessarily be correct.


The twists and turns in this book had my mind on overdrive. Just when I thought I had it figured out, another wrench was thrown in and threw me into a tailspin. This happened over and over. Then I knew FOR SURE I was on the right track, until I wasn't. I was correct on a few things, just not in the ways I had assumed.


Hands down, this is a book I recommend for all of you psychological thriller junkies like me. You will devour this book. You might get to the end and be a little conflicted on how you feel, but after a long period of mulling over everything, I bet you would agree with my assessment of this book!

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