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

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve been looking forward to checking out Everything You Want Me to Be and was so excited when it came out this week.  It definitely met all my expectations and more!

Hattie is a high school senior who has spent her life playing many different roles.  She is able to pick up on the expectations of others and portrays herself differently around each person.  When she is brutally stabbed to death, her many different sides start to come to light and those closest to her begin to realize they may have never known the real Hattie.

The story is told from the points of view of Hattie, the detective searching for her killer and her high school English teacher.  Another book blogger commented on how eerie it was  reading Hattie’s side of the story, while knowing she would eventually be killed, and I couldn’t agree more.  All of the characters are extremely relatable and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for each of them – despite the roles a couple of them played in their own demise.

Although Hattie is manipulative, she is still a young girl, caught up in her emotions and unaware of the full ramifications of her actions.  Despite her ability to essentially trick those around her, I didn’t see her as a bad person.  She desperately wants to be accepted and doesn’t seem to know who she is yet.  I enjoyed reading her parts of the story the most and learning the reasoning behind her decisions.

After reading a couple longer police procedurals recently, it was refreshing to read something a little more suspenseful.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers!

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