Review: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

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Title: Everything That Makes You
Author: Moriah McStay
Release Date/Publisher: March 17th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: April 10th 2015
Pages: 352-Hardcover-Library

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

What I Thought:

I was really interested in the idea behind this book when I saw the description so I knew I had to give it a try.

So in this book we see Fiona and Fi (pronounced F-e-e which took me forever to realize until they say so) and each chapter goes back and forth between them. One incident truly separated them, Fiona getting scars on her face, and we get to see a what if it never happened with Fi’s story. Fi also has her hardships and nothing was as easy for her. It almost seemed like over time she lost more and Fiona gained. I felt a lot of emotions for both sides of this girl because of everything going on. And it actually starts during high school and goes into college as well, which I wasn’t expecting but really liked.

The main problem I had with this was telling the chapters apart. They do have the characters name at the beginning, but once in a while I found myself getting the two stories mixed up. There’s a lot of characters that are in both and sometimes I would get confused trying to remember which relationship they had with which side of the girl I was currently reading. It happened more closer to the end of the book, but that’s not saying the writing is bad. It really almost felt like I was reading two different small books about the same girl under different circumstances.

This was a good book and will definitely tug at your heartstrings. The last two chapters had my crying. It makes you think and wonder if you had to choose between the two, which would you pick. Both Fiona and Fi go through a lot, but you’ll have to pick up this book to see how both stories end.

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4 comments on “Review: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

  1. It seems to me that this two pathways thing is becoming pretty popular now. I’m yet to read a book that uses it as a plot device, but I’m sort of curious. It can’t be a bad thing if I’m seeing it more and more!

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