ARC Review: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

21795576Title: Everything That Makes You

Author: Moriah McStay

Publication date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 352

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, HarperCollins)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store


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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Because of its intriguing concept and attention-catching storyline, Everything That Makes You is a contemporary YA debut that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. I was very excited to read it with the thought that it’s going to be great.

Unfortunately, the book is a let-down, for me at least. Story and characters take a huge part of my overall evaluation of books. Sad to say, in Everything That Makes You, both components did not make an impression. I did not connect with the characters. The story seemed dry and monotonous. I felt like I was on a road trip with no scenic views along the way. There were neither exciting detours nor unexpected bumps on the road as well. It’s one straight and boring ride. The plot lacks tension, the thrill to keep me reading. It appeared as if there wasn’t a rising action. Moreover, the alternate realities confused me. Although I only had nine chapters left, I stopped reading. I truly feel bad that it came to that point. But I seriously lost the interest to finish the book. For a debut novel that shows a lot of potential, it’s disappointing that it turned out this way. I think Everything That Makes You could have been better if there is only one version of the story.

I don’t mean to offend anyone with my review. Mind you, this is just my honest personal opinion. To those who have Everything That Makes You on their TBR pile, please give it a chance. Don’t let my review discourage you from reading the book. Everything That Makes You might not have worked for me. But it could for you.




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