Everything You Want Me To Be - Mindy Mejia | ARC Review

Pages: 360
Format: ARC Paperback
Publication: Simon & Schuster Canada

How I got the copy: Publisher 
Rating: 5/5 


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?

Everything You Want Me To Be is such a thrilling read! The story is told in multiple perspectives and switches from past and present. I found the story very unique, it kept me guessing right up to the end, and I couldn't put the book down. There were times I thought I knew who had killed Hattie and how until another twist or reveal showed me I hadn't quite figured out what had exactly happened to her.

The reader follows Hattie, an aspiring actress, a year before her brutal death. The story starts painting the picture of her life and who she is but while reading the present it will start to alter the perspective of who Hattie is. There were times I'd wonder if I could trust what I was reading from her POV. Hattie is such a complex character, among many, that is fascinating to read.

This book will think you guessing to what is happening until the end until you realize there was more to the story! Once again, this is such a great book. I highly enjoyed it! I can't wait to read another story from Mindy Mejia.

I recommend this to anyone! To mystery readers and even to those wanting to venture into the genre.


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