Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

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March 15, 2015 by ceresbooksworld

Everything that makes you by 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.



This book talks about Fiona who had had an accident at 6 years old and since then has a scar on the face. The story is hers with the scar and the one of Fiona if she hasn’t got the accident.

This story is original, the style if fluid, quick and intense, it makes me cry a lot and I like that.

Fiona is a young girl who doesn’t love herself, she has a brother who loves her, a best friend Lucy who is a very great girl and her mother is a little oppressive. On the other way, the other Fiona, Fi is confident, her brother loves her too but they haven’t got the same relation. Her best friend is not the same either.

The alternation of chapters between Fiona (now) and Fi (before) is very important but sometimes a little disturbing.

Ryan is nice and he’s a good brother for both Fiona. Lucy is just amazing, she’s a great friend for Fiona, Trent is… well he’s Trent and Jackson is so fun, I like him a lot.

The events are predictable, I wasn’t surprised but I like the purpose of this book. Fiona’s life is different but is her life would have been better if she hadn’t have an accident ? You’ll see the answer in the book. But one thing is sure : Life is not easy, never and it’s the same thing for a lot of people. There is just different level of hardness.

Moriah McStay writing style is agreeable and the feelings which she manages to retranscribe are real and they make you cry, or at least they make ME cry.

I really enjoy this book and its message and I hope it will be translate in French one day.




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