Book Review for EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mindy Mejia

Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: Compelling. Dark. Absorbing.

EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE weaves together a tale of love, lies, betrayal, deception, and angst through completely evocative prose. The honesty and grit of the story propel the dark and twisted nature of this tale forward as the reader unravels the mystery in front of them.


There is nothing about this book I didn't like. Correction. I didn't like when it was finished because that meant that it was over. If I could, I would give it 6 stars instead of 5. From beginning to end, this story completely grabbed a hold of me. This book will leave you clamoring for more by this author. I cannot wait to read what is next.

Audio Book Note: I had the opportunity to revisit this book in audio version after reading it a few months before. The narration was engrossing and moved really well. Also, having the separate narrators enhanced the story even more rather than confusing it.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

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?

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About the Author: Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (January 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501123424
ISBN-13: 978-1501123429

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