[695]: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

A quiet suspense full of twists and turns that you’ll have trouble putting down.

Everything You Want Me To Be
by Mindy Mejia

The novel opened with Hattie attempting to buy a one-way ticket to New York. Stymied by the airline ticket agent due to her age, she fled and decided to drive as far as she could only to find herself to the place where her body will eventually be found.

Told from three alternating points of view, the novel tells the story of a girl who played various acting roles depending on the audience. Hattie never stopped acting. Before or behind the curtain, she assumed different roles for different people. She was the perfect actress, playing the part of the perfect daughter, friend, and student. But beneath the surface was a dissatisfaction that comes from living in a small town. She’s got big dreams that she knew would never come to fruition if she stayed in her hometown. When she started corresponding with someone online, she found a kindred spirit. Someone whom she considered as the only one that truly knew her. From a clandestine affair between two unlikely people to the eventual investigation of Hattie’s murder, Everything You Want Me To Be was a fantastic mystery that’s quiet and engaging in a way that I prefer my mystery reads ought to be.

Though far from dull, the author sets an easy pace by which she told Hattie’s story. The suspense comes from the slow reveal of the pieces of the puzzle that come together in a surprising visage. In here, we see Hattie as someone who has crafted the art of acting. She was very adept in duping people into believing her genuineness with great efficacy. But that does not make her a suspect character. It’s done without any malice but more so because Hattie was a people-pleaser through and through. The malice that lurks within was in the way she manipulated the people around her. She was a master in a way that actors tend to be so your initial impression would be that she’s a well-adjusted, normal teenager.

I looked at Tommy until the horny teenager faded away and he became my instrument. I looked at his fingers and saw a hand that was mine to wield, that I could drive to murder the king himself. I looked at his confused expression and saw the madness that we would soon share. I became cold, too cold to feel. By the time he cleared his throat to say his first line, I could tase my own death.”

But inside, she’s a mess of ennui and discontent. So when she met a person who had given her a taste of something different and exciting, she clung to him like a buoy drifting into the open sea.

The investigation itself is methodically neat. On the whole, there are only two major suspects so there’s a 50/50 chance that you’ll be right. Still, it’s fun to follow the red herrings. Lately, I’ve been drawn to stories with an easy pace. I like the mystery of the characters and the crime that needed to be solved. Sometimes, mysteries don’t need to be action at every turn of the page. It’s these that make for a perfect book to read in winter afternoons.

  • Sounds like it was a good read Joy.

  • This book do sound pretty exciting πŸ˜€ I’m curious about it. Thank you for sharing your thougths about it Joy. <3 So glad you enjoyed it a lot πŸ˜€

  • I am so bad at figuring out mysteries so the fact that this one gives me a 50/50 chance at success just might get me to read it but probably on audio πŸ™‚

  • Jazmen

    I’m not sure about this. I am all for twists and turns. I mean, I know we don’t always need them. BUT I NEED THEM. I am a little concerned when I’m dealing with a mystery and it’s not constantly moving that I may get bored. I’ll have to think about this.

  • Okay girl you have sold me on this. I received this out of the blew, and I honestly didn’t know if I was going to read it or not because I thought it was YA. Not that YA is trash or anything, I just cannot get with the thrillers in this genre. When I read the synopsis, I did like the sound of the main character, how she was never what she pretended to be. I definitely have to give this a try now!

  • Yeah, I thought this was put together really well.

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    Sounds like a good read.. thanks for sharing! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  • This sounds like a fantastic mystery! I’m completely intrigued.

  • This sounds really good, Joy! I’m going to check if there’s an audio version. Wonderful review! πŸ™‚

  • Sounds like a interesting read. Children that are in difficult situations become really great actors because it is life or death for them. If they get the part wrong, they won’t live through it. I might have to give this one a try, if I can pull myself away from my paranormal books. LOL

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Jasprit

    This does sound like a great read, I especially like the mystery aspect of it. But I don’t know if I will be put off with Hattie’s character. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this overall though!

  • Oooh very intriguing! And I like that while there’s a few turns, there are not too many suspects to confuse you. Definitely want to add this to my TBR!

  • Oh wow! This sounds incredible Joy. I love quiet mysteries of manipulation and I can’t tell if Hattie is just an opportunist or she’s sinister. Now I’m going to need a copy. Absolutely brilliant review Joy, loved it! <3

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Fantastic review! I have seen this book around and I have been curious about it. I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list after reading your review. For some reason, I love to read mysteries in the winter as well. This seems right up my alley. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • I’ve never heard of thisbok before, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEE the fact that this book was told in such a satisfying way so that it didn’t give too much of the mystery all at once and still kept you on your feet, guessing. You know how you have some of those books that “claim” to be suspeinnsful and full of mystery but we know who the bad guy is from page three. o_O

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t heard of this one but I do love a good thriller every once in awhile. I’ll have to add this to the TBR for when the mood strikes for a mystery! Wonderful review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • yes it’s always interesting to have a good mystery and an interesting investigation, I really like that as well!

  • With my chances I’d get it wrong

  • I’ve seen this around a lot. Sounds like it was a good read. So I assume that you know from the beginning that she is dead? Am I right? Interesting premise:)

  • I am really glad that you enjoyed this one. I thought it was a great read and the way the mystery was laid out really added to the story. Great review!

  • It does sound like a really good winter read!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! It sounds really interesting. Despite there only being two suspects, it’s good you could still appreciate the mystery.


  • RO

    I like a story told from various points of view to get different perspectives. Nice quote and awesome review!πŸ˜€Hugs…

  • Great review, Joy! I agree with your statement of mysteries not always needing to be action packed. I enjoy stories that are more easy paced sometimes. That can be fun, too.

  • Oh this sounds good. I think I don’t mind too much if my guesses are correct, but I do love it when I’m wrong. I really do love that quote. Really like the writing. πŸ™‚ Brilly review!

  • I need to read this. I keep hearing it’s worth it. And to see you enjoyed it too. Great review!

  • kindlemom1

    I couldn’t agree more, it doesn’t have to be non-stop action, just entertaining and keep you on your toes a bit and turning the pages more than anything else. Great review Joy, have a wonderful weekend!

  • I love books with alternate realities so this one sounded interesting! Hattie sounds like a fascinating, manipulative narrator. I might need to check this one out, thanks for sharing Joy!

  • This sounds like a really slow and steady read. As if the author is sure of what they are doing, and knows just the right way in which to slowly reveal things to the reader. I do like the sound of it πŸ˜€

  • This sounds like a perfect read for me..Sometimes I read mysteries that definitely have too much action.. I like a slow paced, keep you guessing type a bit more πŸ™‚

  • I couldn’t agree more. Mysteries don’t need to be set at a crazy pace. It is nice to stroll steadily through a story sometimes. The Girl Before is like that. Nice review.