Monday, May 18, 2015

Everything That Makes You | 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.

Generally I think that the concept of having two separate story-lines is genius, however in actuality I have yet to find one that has been executed really well. This one was no different. The concept and plot of the story was genius, but the execution was mediocre. While there were two different story-lines with the same characters, because there were some major differences in the childhood of the main character, it was essentially as though there were two different stories with completely different characters. 

My main problem with this book was the ending. It just kind of...ended. There was no climax. I finished the book and thought "What was the point?" I expected both sides to end at the same place to show that no matter what happens we will end up where we need to, but both ended in completely different spots, which was confusing. 

One of the things I really liked in this book was the parallels between both sides of the story. Seeing the different characters at different points in their lives interact was interesting to watch. It was also interesting to see the different relationships between different characters. 

Overall I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it. The concept was really really interesting but I feel like the execution, particularly the ending could have been done better. Have you guys read this book? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!