Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Everything That Makes You - Moriah McStay

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.


I honestly felt like not much happened in this book. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m used to really fast-paced books! And the story about Fiona’s scars was done quite well up to a point. But then some things happened that I wasn’t really sure what to think of.


In the synopsis it mentions that Fiona can’t be defined by her scars anymore. But, really, it’s more about her gaining more self-confidence after the surgery that helps heal her scars. I do like the fact that it showed that since David, her first boyfriend came before her surgery, it didn’t mean he was “the one”. But at the same time, I felt it was really pushed. I didn’t see why Fiona wanted to date David in the first place.

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Honestly, if I had to choose stories, I would choose Fiona’s. Fi was kind of really rude and up to the point where she was plain insensitive to others’ feelings. And, since we kind of knew Trent’s role in the “real story” it was hard to read about him in Fi’s story.

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Although the concept was nice of trying to combine how things could’ve been different for the same person, and definitely the thing about that scars, I didn’t connect. I didn’t really feel the story. I liked the way both stories ended . . . but, oh well. Maybe this book is just not for me.

“If we tried to analyze how every little thing changes us, nobody would get anything done.”

Overall, Everything That Makes You is an interesting take on what-if questions and if different situations are honestly better for us. Though I thought this was executed well up to a certain point, I felt no connection to other characters except sympathizing with Fiona. I liked the story, there were points where I would say I enjoyed it quite a bit. But, I didn’t love it. I would recommend this to people who want to try it out, but it’s just a simple read. I don’t think this has really changed my perspective on anything.


Thanks for reading my review on this guys, and hope you have a great day! Until the next one!