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

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Everything You Want Me to Be is about high school senior Hattie Hoffman, who is the good student, the good daughter, and good citizen–or so it seems. When she is found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy shakes the small town community. As the local sheriff begins to try to solve her murder, he begins to find that Hattie’s acting runs far beyond the stage, and she isn’t the person she portrays herself to be. It is told in three different point of views- Del, the local sheriff who is a family friend, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is falling apart.

This novel was so well crafted with layers to the story that struck so many emotions and thoughts about the situation as well as the characters. This is one of those murder stories that you read and along the way try to figure out who the suspect is, but by the end it isn’t at all what you expected. Usually I am not fond of alternate POVs, but each main character brought a new viewpoint that was important to the storytelling. Mindy Mejia skillfully wrote it in a way that the different POVs and time periods were compelling, and I really enjoyed the change when it came to new chapters. This was a novel that held me from the first page, and it is one that I have not stopped thinking about.

Synopsis

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.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

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I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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