EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE
by: Mindy Mejia
Published: January 3, 2017
Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Bereconstructs 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 Bechallenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
What a freaking thrill ride!
Everything You Want Me to Be starts off well enough. It has you guessing where this book is going to go. Never did I imagine what journey it would take me on.
I was instantly hooked. I yearned for Hattie’s parts, just as much as Del’s parts. This book is told in the form of three different points of view. Usually, I don’t go for more than two perspectives because it can be confusing. However, it was completely justified and only added to the story!
I enjoyed seeing how twisted Hattie’s game became. At first, I could totally relate to her. We all have different faces we put on for people. But Hattie takes it to a whole other level. Every move is calculated. Every different version of Hattie is exhausting. Every version is someone else who wants a different piece of Hattie. Sooner or later, those facades break and you start to see the real girl underneath.
This was a wonderful tale of whodunit. Just when you think you have it figured out, bam! You don’t. I was blown away by this brilliant work of Mejia’s. This will be one book you don’t want to miss for 2017!
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy.