Title: “Everything You Want Me to Be”
Author: Mindy Mejia
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publication Date: Jan. 3, 2017 (Atria Books)
My Rating: ★★★★★
Well, I missed the boat on reviewing “Everything You Want Me to Be” — I finished it more than a month ago, and at this point all the terribly deep, intellectual, impressive thoughts I had (so many) have dimmed. But I loved this book so much that I’ll still post a plea to read it. A month later and I continue to think of main character Hattie Hoffman and her story — what could have been — which says an awful lot about how good it was.
Brief synopsis: We start off learning that Hattie — 18, high school senior, actor — is dead. (No happy ending in this one.) Chapters rotate between three narrators: Hattie (pre-death); her English teacher Peter Lund; and Del, the likeable town sheriff. So, who killed Hattie, and why? We follow along over the course of a year, pulled into a memorizing reconstruction of the journey that led to Hattie’s death.
A few chapters in, and I had already “figured out” who killed her. I was wrong. I bet you will be, too.
This is the first book I read by Mindy Mejia, but I’ll read whatever she does next. And it sounds like a good one. Here’s how she described it in a recent Goodreads Q&A: