Everything That Makes You

Everything That Makes You

by Moriah McStay


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Ever wonder "What if?"

Now available in paperback, Everything That Makes You is an epic romance about one girl—and the two possible lives she might have lived if an accident hadn’t changed everything. Intense and beautifully written, this is a realistic contemporary novel with a twist, perfect for fans of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Fiona Doyle's face was horribly scarred as a child. She writes about her frustrations and dreams in notebooks, penning song lyrics—but she'd never be brave enough to sing those songs in public or to Trent, the boy she’s always loved. Fi Doyle never had an accident. She's the best lacrosse player in the state and can't be distracted by her bff, Trent, who wants to be more than that. Then one day, her luck on the field goes south, and everything’s not so easy anymore.

Alternating chapters between Fiona and Fi tell two separate stories about the same girl and feature many of the same characters. It’s fun to see how the characters change between the two stories, and how Fiona and Fi are alike and different.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062295484
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Moriah McStay attended Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Two graduate degrees and seven jobs later, she’s finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. Now she lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters. She’s happy with all the choices and chances that brought her there.

Everything That Makes You is her first novel for teens, and she’s probably at home right now working on another one.

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Everything That Makes You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TheBooksBuzz More than 1 year ago
For more reviews go to: www.thebooksbuzz.com Debut novels this year have been making their comeback with each book that comes out. Moriah's novel made me seem a bit apprehensive in the beginning only because the synopsis was such a mystery to me that I, myself, had no idea how someone would pull off a story like this. Everything That Makes You is a compelling psychological contemporary piece that pulls off its final act on the last page of the book, which means you'd have to read till the end! This book discovers the theory of what if. What if something happened tomorrow that completely shatters your dreams? What if someone close to you passes? What if the love of your life was with someone else? This book asked many questions, but not all were answered. If there is anything mundane about this book, someone please tell me because I find it to be the most complex and unique read I've ever encountered, which isn't a bad thing. The book follows one narrator, but in two different timelines. Her name is Fiona "Fi" Doyle and the book shows two sides of the story: one that happened and one that never happened. Confused yet? Well Fiona's really story falls upon her having a scar on her face from an accident that happened twelve years ago. The other parts of the book discover the story in which the scar never happened and she went on with her life instead. The chapters of the book alternate in the stories but they're all really about Fiona and what would happen if this didn't happen? I thought it was pretty clever for this debut author. She twisted an ordinary tale about a girl who perhaps could have gotten more out of life if she had never been through the accident. It's extraordinarily rare for authors to discover this part of their characters and the big question of what if. This book was very realistic in bringing that subject to life, and it's very commendable. The characters were an enigma all on their own. It's up to us, as the readers, to piece the puzzle together and uncover their secrets. Fiona was one of the strongest characters in the book. She is the main focus of the two alternate stories but she's also the conflict. I was not disappointed in the character department. Fiona learns more and more about herself all throughout the book and it was kind of like a huge intervention where the author said, "Hey Fiona, it's time we help you out to discover your inner self." Character interventions are great. Just great. And I love when the authors take the time to craft their characters. Supporting characters in the book were very much enjoyable to have around and lifting the main protags when they felt down. There are tons of swoony guys in the book, so I was not disappointed there. In some ways, I was disappointed with the overall romance of this book. Surely this was a contemporary piece but I truly expected more romance. Don't get me wrong, there was romance, but just not the kind I was hoping for. I guess you say that romance was the "trouble maker" in the book. The whole story revolves around romance as a main storyteller but it also crashes and burns that way. It's better to say that Fiona was never ready for a real relationship on her journey to finding herself. She had flings here and there but none of the relationships were ever permanent until the end. My final verdict: Pick up Everything That Makes You. The greatest of stories make you think long before they are over and that is exactly what this b
Best-of-YA More than 1 year ago
For more reviews go to: http://best-of-ya.blogspot.com/ Fiona/Fi are the exact same person living completely different lives because of a decision made when she was just five years old on that fateful trip to the zoo; whether to get a bag of popcorn or visit the panda exhibit. One lead to a tragic accident that, twelve years later, she is still trying to come to terms with. The other left her with little more than a stuffed panda and some great memories. But despite being on separate paths, their two lives are connected and intersect in odd and amazing ways. Sometimes when making decisions I wonder what could have happened if I had taken the other option; choosing one class over another, leaving earlier to not miss the bus, etc. Sometimes even just one second of delay can end up saving someones life… I thought this was a great concept and an interesting book to read. I’m a believer in fate and this definitely has a lot of it interwoven in the plot. Despite the two girls being in alternate universes, there are some similarities and coincidences that prove that even though their two lives could not be more different, they are still meant to end up where they do and to meet the important people in their lives that influence them. McStay does a great job of connecting all the characters and their stories in both versions of Fiona’s life. A lot of relationships stay constant between both, but others are completely different from one version to the other, yet they work very naturally and are easy to believe and follow along with. Initially you think that Fi’s life—the version where she is not badly burned and scarred—is the perfect one, but she isn’t happy either and suffers quite a bit as well. She becomes lost after losing both of the things she loves the most and spends a whole year trying to get out of this funk and get her life back on track. Fiona—who has had to deal with angry scars covering the entire right side of her face basically her entire life—is actually the one I found more inspiring. She is very self-conscious, as I image anyone would be in her situation, and unfortunately she lets this stop her from doing what she truly loves. Eventually she realizes that everything happens for a reason and what you do with your situation is what ultimately defines who you are, so why worry about something you have no control over?
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS This book was on of my most anticipated releases off the year, so I had high expectations. This book wasn't as groundbreaking as I expected, but I still loved it! Ever since an accident at the zoo when she was a child, Fiona has had a large scar running across her face. Her scar prevents her from being brave (and trying out for any contact sports). She's too scared to face her crush and too scared for anyone to hear her songs. When an opportunity arises for her to surgically change her face, will she take it? Then there's Fi. Fi is what Fiona might've been. Fi doesn't have a scar and is a star lacrosse player.She lives for lacrosse and she wishes her only problem was that her best friend might be interested in her. It's no secret that I love parallel universes. This book isn't as sci-fi as my favorite parallel universe reads, but this book has my favorite factor: What if? This question is what I find so fascinating about parallel worlds. There are so many crossroads throughout our lives and I find it so interesting to wonder how different our lives could be in each one! This book explores this concept in such an amazing way! One thing I always wonder, especially, if how different I would be if my life went a different direction at one point. It's entirely possible that I could be an entirely different person! That's the case with Fiona and Fi. They're the same girl, but they are completely different. They each have different talents, interests, personalities, and lives. Fiona is a songwriter, Fi loves lacrosse. Fiona is shy, Fi is more outspoken. It's just amazing how different someone could be if lives were led a different direction! I loved seeing the differences between the two universes, but I also loved seeing how they connected. Fiona/Fi's stories were different, obviously, and their two lives were different, but the surroundings had similarities. One main factor that I loved was how both of them had the same people in their lives somehow. Fiona's best friend was just an annoying class partner to Fi, but there were others who were always there and I liked that. It gives the idea that the same people revolve in all of your lives. I know I'm raving about this book, so now here comes the part that I wasn't a fan of. This book follows Fiona//Fi for 3 years (last two years of highschool and first year of college. While I liked seeing how their lives went, it was told in a way that we were following their lives. I don't want to say it was uneventful, because there were big moments, but it wasn't enormously exciting. Still liked it, but it's what prevented me from giving this book a 5/5. IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was an amazing book! I love how the question of "What if?" was addressed and I found the two stories fascinating! This book was a bit slow-going due to the format, but it's still a great read! I strongly recommend it and I look forward to any books Moriah McStay writes in the future!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Told in alternating viewpoints we meet Fiona and Fi. Fiona gets into an accident at a young age and her face is scared. Never used to the stranger’s remarks and stares, she wears her hair down to partially cover the incident. Her mother, oh her mother is something else. She is all about beauty and nothing else matters, her comments to her daughter make me want to scream for how can a mother be so shallow. In her teens, Fiona has the opportunity to undergo a medical procedure to help repair the damage and she’s hesitate, for she has lived with this condition for most of her life. It takes some time and some serious talking but she finally agrees to have the procedure. Fi, on the other hand leads a normal life until while playing in a lacrosse game, she bangs up her leg. Poor Fi, her life is ruined and she has just lost her season. It’s this big pity party and I feel bad for her but her drama consumes everything. It’s as though nothing else can revolve, as though she is nothing without lacrosse. Comparing the lives of Fiona and Fi, you see how drama can affect people, how it turns people around. I got confused reading this novel, it seemed jumpy to me and I found myself rereading passages to get myself back on track, perhaps the execution could have been better for me.
DonnaGambale More than 1 year ago
Beyond my default interest in the what-if scenario of the book, what really makes this rec-worthy is how Doyle weaves in the same general cast of characters in both Fiona's and Fi's life, but the characters have considerably different roles in each version. Though Fi/Fiona are the same person at their core, it's amazing how their outlook and choices vary. For my full recommendation, check it out on This Is What You Should Be Reading! thisiswhatyoushouldbereading [dot] com/recommendations/2015/3/23/everything-that-makes-you-by-moriah-mcstay
The_Hardcover_Lover More than 1 year ago
In accordance to FTC guidelines, I must state that I read a galley copy of this book for review consideration. Everything That Makes You, Moriah McStay's debut, is a young adult novel about one girl with two very different stories to tell. One story is the tale of Fiona Doyle and her late teenage years and how they were affected by an accident she had when she was just five years old. The other story belongs to Fi Doyle, and it's the story of what could have been if the accident never happened. It's a very intriguing concept, and one I've never encountered in a book before, but McStay does not execute the concept very well. In fact, I'd say it was poorly done, and the way that she organizes the stories leads to frustrating emotions and a lack of empathy for the characters in the book. For much of the book, I found myself completely frustrated. Yes, both stories are interesting, but they don't complement each other well, and I was so conflicted when it came to my feelings on the characters but we'll get to that later. I found myself confused, especially when things from one life would blend with the other life, and it was so exasperating. Sometimes, the overlaps were done beautifully, but in the end, my thirst for something unique wasn't quenched. I guess I just wanted something that was more emotional and thought-provoking, but instead, I felt unsatisfied by the end of the novel. I'm not a person to tell someone not to read a book, but if you're a reader who despises love triangles, steer clear of this one. Fiona and Fi both find themselves involved in love triangles, and sometimes... love squares/rhombuses/quadrilaterals. I'm not one to diss on love triangles or dislike a book because of them because I've read a few books with them and loved them, but this might be the book that makes me think twice about them. I just don't understand how one girl can have feelings for three different guys at the same time. Now Let's Get to the Characters Fiona/Fi Fiona is a singer/songwriter, and her alternate persona is an amazing athlete. They are about as different as people can get. I found that I wasn't really able to connect with Fiona or Fi, and while that doesn't necessarily ruin a book for me, there was just something about the way that both Fiona and Fi were characterized that angered me and made me dislike this book. Both Fiona and Fi treat people terribly, and sometimes for no reason at all. Both have had something happen to them to frustrate them, but it quickly became annoying. Ryan Ryan is Fiona/Fi's older brother. In Fiona's world, he's a skilled soccer star, but in Fi's world, he's an average lacrosse player. In the beginning of Fiona's story is a very caring older brother, and I found that I really liked him. Things get tough for him by the end of Fiona's story, but he redeems himself and the sweetness returns. In Fi's story, he's not as important, and he's just not a character that readers will remember. Trent Trent is another character who prominently appears in parts of both stories. He's your typical jock in Fiona's story, and he's extremely arrogant. He kind of disappears after high school, and fades off into the distance. In Fi's story, he's the much sweeter best friend, and I was rooting for him the whole time. I liked how McStay ended things for his characters in Fi's story. It was fulfilling. Marcus I don't want to post any spoilers, but I will tell you that Marcus is a vital part of Fi's story. She meets him at a coffeehouse, and he becomes a main character. While he's not mentioned a lot in Fi's story, he's still important, and I loved his role in it. It was highly predicable, but I found that my heart was warmed the most by it. Jackson Jackson is the twin brother of Marcus. I felt like he was the glue of the novel because he plays important roles in both Fiona and Fi's lives but those roles of importance come at very different times and in very different situations. If anything, the Jackson in Fiona's world was my favorite, but Fi's Jackson wasn't so bad by the end of the novel Lucy Lucy is Fiona's best friend, but I had a love/hate relationship with her. I just felt like she wasn't in the book as much as a best friend should be. She just kind of pops in and out in certain parts. She's sometimes really mean to Fiona, and it bothered me, but I can understand her frustration with her best friend. She doesn't play a big role in Fi's world. David David is another character who is really only significant in Fiona's world, only to be mistreated by Fiona. To be honest, he didn't seem as important as he should have been, and it was just another failed attempt at characterization by McStay. At the end of the day, Everything That Makes You had its enjoyable moments and many events in the plot kept me reading, but it could have been a lot better and a lot less confusing. I wouldn't say that I hated the book, but the frustration I felt definitely got to me and made it not as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I wanted to read Everything that Makes You because of course I have wondered what if, along with most everyone, and in general I like books that explore this sort of topic.      I really connected with Fionna she's the one in this one that has the scar on her face. it is interesting to see the differences in her school work in her personality even in her relationships with other people. Her friendship with Trent is there in the Fi side of things where she doesn't have her car and her whole life is basically lacrosse. whereas on the thing on the side she just has a crush on Trent and they're finally just kind of talking for the first time. even her relationship with her family is different. they are way over protective with Fionna and that includes her brother I think that he has some feelings of guilt or whatever because of the accident that caused her scars on her face.     In the FI part of everything she is having more trouble with school work and really start to have more of an identity crisis that is lacrosse all that makes her special. she also feels a lot of pressure from her mom to be more girly to study more to basically she feels like her mom just wants her to be a completely different person.      The two even though at the heart they're the same person the contrast is just so pronounced in the first part of the book.     The other thing that distinguishes the two is that Fiona really loves music. She plays the guitar and writes lyrics to it and she has a burning desire to create but she also feels very insecure and never really wants to share what she's written. she says that revealing those truths bit opening herself to others opinions and criticisms would be like going inside out she might break apart completely and I really think that that sums up kind of her outlook on life I guess. little of the quote where she said there was an outside part of her music that she couldn't hide her songs filed a dozen notebooks... guitar string calluses covered her fingertips but the inside part? it was like her music was stitched through her system like tensions or blood cells ... all of it the rhymes, the chords... performed vital functions.      A little before halfway through I started to realize just how connected the two really were. the stories have a lot of the same characters in it's interesting just tell a few decisions can change the course of her life so much. the senior year begins for the two are beginning to Feel this little pit in the bottom of my stomach is kind of telling me that their stories were going to be even more intertwined than I originally thought they would be. While l expected the emotional impact from Fiona story I didn't really expect the emotional depth that was in there for Fi.    The story went on and everything got even more connected and intertwined and complicated and messy the more I loved it. I love seeing both the similarities and differences of Fiona and a fi because they have the same people in their life. but at the same time those people were different and she was different. the way that she looked at the world was different... it was shaped by her mom treating her differently plus her brother not feeling responsible for scars on her face or just even the boy that she had a crush on being her best friend.      Both versions of Fiona changed a lot in this one. They learned a lot about themselves and what they love as well as their identity. That its all of the people you love how you love them as well as I guess the face that you put on to the world. they both went through some hard things they were totally different hard things but it shaped him to be a really strong person and to love deeply and to feel grief deeply.     What I thought would be a simple what-if comparison of two parallel lives ended up something much deeper and much more emotional than I could have bargained for Bottom Line: Emotional, deep, and love how the two versions of Fiona's lives were so different yet so similar. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was entirely impressed by Moriah McStay and the crazy skills she must have to write this full dual narrative. The two stories of Fiona/Fi hinge on a question we have probably all asked more than once in our lives: “What if _____?” McStay explores this idea by creating two lives of the same person. In one, Fiona’s face is scarred from a childhood accident, and she wants desperately not to be defined by or pitied because of her scars. In the other life, Fi’s face is flawless and she seems to have everything going for her, but….I won’t spoil anything because I’m not that kind of reader. But here are a couple of things I loved about McStay’s novel. I love how certain people crossed paths with Fiona/Fi in both lives, suggesting there are certain things that are meant to happen, yet the element of free will isn’t ignored and most definitely alters the details. Also, I love the point that no matter what, every life has joys and tragedies. A flawless face doesn’t mean a perfect life. No matter which road Fiona/Fi is on, she (and we all) will face certain challenges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My firrst thought was are the girls the same person? But I read more and it sounds like Fiona' brother is also Fi's, I'm very confused and would like someone to explaon it. But other than that I loved the book it broke my heart. A 6Th grade