JDub’s Review of Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

I really wanted to like this book.  A ripped from the headlines mystery.  Relatable enough characters.  Good theme and messages.  Set in Minnesota which ironically is where Lulu and I will be spending a few days later this month.  I hear tell Minnesota is the Broadway of the mid-west and we already have tickets to two shows. Woot!

Back to the book.  I will not spoil anything for you.  No play by-play.  Other than to generically say the set up is quick alternating chapters told from the point of view of 3 main characters.  Del = small town sheriff, Hattie = teenager, high school student and actress and Peter = English teacher.  Other bit players float in and out.

Here are a few key quotes that resonated with me:

“Silence ends an argument quicker than words”

“Every book changes you in some way, whether it’s your perspective on the world or how you define yourself in relation to the world”

“The Internet’s not full of made up people, Mom.  They’re real too.” well the jury is still out on that one <J-Dub>


Ultimately the story was just okay in my opinion.  I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.  I still recommend the read after this is no longer in the express collection. Onto Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

As always, more to come.

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