Everything You Want Me to Be
by Mindy Mejia
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?
3.5 of 5 Stars
I’m a bit confused as to how to review this title for because it was such a classic murder mystery. I enjoyed it and liked getting to see a story from a number of perspectives as each chapter is narrated by an alternating character. The changing viewpoint really helped what could have been a somewhat boring plot move along in a much more interesting way. I liked most of the characters in certain ways and missed having a villain though I appreciated getting a full sense of each persons back story. I stayed interested in the story all the way through with very few slow parts. I wouldn’t say it had me on the edge of my seat, and I was able to anticipate to some degree all of the twists in the story. I enjoyed speculating at all the ways it could have gone but was honestly slightly underwhelmed with the actual outcome.
The story has a very nice wrap up at the end which was nice. It left me with a few questions that I think would be wonderful for a book club. Overall, I think anyone who enjoys suspense, thrillers, and especially murder mysteries will enjoy this book. I do caution anyone who might be sensitive to the romantic relationship between Peter and Hattie, with her as a teenager and high school student. I’m usually put off by these types of plots but didn’t find that I minded this one as much as some others. That said, I do wish this had been included in the synopsis to some degree. I can’t help but think that it would only add to a wonderful book club discussion however.
A big thank you to Atria Books for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.