Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

January 23, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy MejiaEverything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Published by Little, Brown and Company on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
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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 thoughts

This synopsis allows the reader to understand that the main woman in this story, Hattie Hoffman, is going to die and allows the reader to understand that this is a mystery and it is going to end with Hattie’s death, one way or another.

The synopsis is also very correct about the twists and turns. I thought around 40% that I was sure I knew what was going to happen, as there are many clues that point in many directions, but I was wrong! I love it when I wind up being wrong!

This is my first book of 2017 so it really started it with a bang. I do not normally enjoy reading mysteries but this has something else to it. A puzzle type of feeling that the author sets up and allows you to see only what Hattie has seen at that moment in time.

Mindy Mejia also writes in different points of view and jumps time lines so although this is about the last year, the reader also knows that the investigators are thinking as they find evidence, or lack of evidence!

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprising, I did not highlight anything in this. I read it so quickly that I do not think I took the time to stop and see what really stuck out. The entire book stuck out! Like I said above, there are so many clues to how Hattie was murdered but the exciting part was trying to put those puzzle pieces together and figure it out before the detectives do.

In short: I definitely recommend this to everyone that enjoys detective stories, a bit YA but with a gruesome, dark side. She’s late teen but the themes make this more of an adult read.

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

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 write because I believe in the reality of my fantasies, the truth in my fabrications. I’ve always had stories sneaking around my head, thrillers like THE DRAGON KEEPER and EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, and sometimes I inhabit those stories more than my own life. (Best not to mention that last part to my husband, kids, or boss.)

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