Review: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Received copy from publisher for review.
Published: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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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 absolutely love this book, it's a new all time favorite! Going into the book I was worried that Fiona was going to be more of a 'pity me' type story and Fi was going to be this fairy tale version, but it totally was NOT that at all. Both versions of the main character's story are inspiring, brave, honest and raw.

I immediately fell in love with Fiona's humor and personality. Fi took a bit to grow on me, but I think that was a super important part of the story. Throughout the book you can so clearly see both versions of the character grow.

I adored the sibling relationship between Ryan and Fi/Fiona's. It was interesting to see the changes and similarities in their relationship between the two versions of Fi/Fiona. Even though there were differences, you could still see how much they loved and cared for each other.

The book really focuses on the lives of Fi and Fiona, but there's also some cute boys thrown into the mix. I think there was the perfect amount of love interests without taking away from the importance of the main characters' stories.

Amazing Quote:
"I live with my parents, play for a terrible lacrosse team, take classes I don't care about. I'm just barely treading water here!" 
"So grab a vest, Fi."

Everything That Makes You talked about the big 'what if' of life and how it can change in an instant. Moriah McStay transported me into Fi/Fiona's world with her beautiful writing and amazing storytelling. The story is relatable, memorable and just all out incredible. Everything That Makes You is an innovative coming of age story that demands to be read. I highly recommend!

**I received this book for review from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I like that Fiona's story was not a pity me story because it could easily fall into that territory and Im glad there are cute boys in the mix, that cannot go missing, lol.

    This is a great review. Im so glad you enjoyed this book :)

    1. Hey Jennifer!
      I totally agree, cute boys in the mix is always a good plus! :)
      Thank you!