Everything You Want Me to Be (Mindy Mejia)


No one knows who she really is…

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

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 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?

Fan-freaking-tastic read! I say that with the most seriousness that I have in my body. It may not be a lot, but I 100% mean it this time. Also, can we talk about the fact that this is a debut author author? That just completely blows me away. The writing, the story, the characters, and the structure of the book. Just wonderful. Very satisfying.

“You say you’re just acting, but you’re fracturing yourself into a thousand pieces, and every time I see another piece, you’re gone again. You turn into someone else, a crowd of someone elses, and it makes me wonder if there’s any such thing as Hattie Hoffman.”

What Mindy did in this book was mask every ounce of truth until the very last minute. To me, that makes it such an incredible journey from the get go. Full of guessing and ideas that I couldn’t wait to see if I was right or wrong. It was misleading and suspenseful and to me, that’s exactly what I was hoping would come from reading this book. When a book lives up to my expectations: I’m happy.

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Character wise, Hattie’s character was my favorite. She was so manipulative, unreliable, and a chameleon. She was a “just a teenager” but so smart and wise beyond her years. She knew what she was doing, when she was doing it, and why she was doing it. She was the most dynamic and well thought out character I have read this year. And one of the most unreliable. That tricky, tricky girl.

I could NOT put this book down, so why the four stars? One of the POV’s we constantly receive just wasn’t doing it for me. He was boring. I wanted to skim those chapters. And the truth is, I probably could have.

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I loved the pace and build of the story. No lulls and not a single gap. Every page I turned was something new and exciting. Plus, it contained a personal favorite (of mine) aspect of story line of mine. Everything You Want Me to Be is a win from me. I highly recommend it to any type of reader and I look forward to what Mindy puts out in the future, I’m definitely a fan.



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