"Everything You Want Me to Be", by Mindy Mejia, is a classic WhoDunIt? novel. The beginning starts off with Hattie who is a misunderstood teen, but aren't they all? She is a lovable yet realistic character who readers will identify with. The back and forth time swap was confusing at times and I became sad when the main character was found dead right away. Going back in time enabled her to tell her story and what a tale it was.
I had a character in mind who I thought was involved in the murder and that character had nothing to do with it. Interesting, since I can usually predict the outcome of most books. This is one of those, "What would I have done?" journeys. There were several times, toward the end, where I thought, this is it, this is how it ends. Imagine my surprise to find another chapter and another and even another.
Every twist is resolved, and some are quite surprising. I loved the country/city comparisons throughout the book. Del, the local sheriff, turned out to be a character I would love to know more about. Peter was also interesting and shocked me along the way. If you enjoy reading twists and turns, with a bit of mystery thrown in, this is the book for you.
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?