Everything That Makes You
By: Moriah McStay
Available March 2015
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
We never know what our lives would be like if something else had happened. If something tragic hadn’t happened, or what if it did. In this book we get to see two potential outcomes of a trip to the zoo. In one version an accident happens and Fiona is scarred. In the other version Fi is outgoing and making things happen for herself.
We always think of how our lives could be different, but what I loved about this book is that the author didn’t only show the big changes in Fiona/Fi’s life, she also showed changes in the other characters. Not just that she was friends in one life and not in the other, but that there were things about these other characters that were different. The people around you affect you and change you, so the changes in Fiona/Fi rippled to make changes in her brother and the friends she had in each life. So often you see books with two lives where the characters are basically the same person just with or without the friendship of the main character. In this they were different people, had different plans and different lives. I loved that and I believe it may be my favorite thing about this book.
I also loved getting to know Fiona and Fi. I connected with Fiona better than I did with Fi, Fiona was more internal and didn’t want to show herself as much. Fi was a jock, outgoing and determined. The two were so different from each other. Some people are meant to be in our lives no matter what happens and some people are meant to change our lives. For Fiona and Fi their lives are changed by the same family in different ways. I liked the symmetry of having these people make an impact and having the ones connected to them react differently to Fiona/Fi based on how they met and who she was before. It was so interesting.
I really liked this book and it was hard not to go into detail about the things that happened, comparing what I liked versus what I really liked. If seeing two halves of what could have been appeals to you then you’ll like reading Fiona/Fi’s life. I enjoyed reading Fiona/Fi’s life and the way her life impacted those around her.