Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Sponsored post: I received a digitalcopy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edeweiss.Everything That Makes You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Everything That Makes You(Source: I received a digitalcopy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edeweiss.)

There was nothing wrong with this story; I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

I found this book started quite oddly, because it wasn’t immediately obvious that the main character from the first chapter (Fiona) was the same character, just in an alternate universe in the second chapter! I got so confused, and didn’t get why in one chapter Fi was playing Hockey, and then in the next chapter wasn’t allowed to play hockey because of her scars! Talk about confusing! It’s not good when you need the blurb to explain what’s happening in the book!

Unfortunately I couldn’t connect with Fiona or Fi. I felt sorry for both of them at points, but I just couldn’t relate to them, I didn’t like them, and I didn't really care what happened to them, which unfortunately does not a good book make.

The storyline in this would probably appeal to some people, but I just couldn’t get into it, and because I didn’t really like the characters, I didn’t like the story. I found it quite dull, and I got bored. Again though, I think other people will like this, it just wasn’t something that I could enjoy though.

The ending was pretty puzzling to me, as both Fiona’s ended up happy! So what was the point of the story? Was the point that no matter what disabilities or adversities you have, everyone lives happily ever after in the end? Because to me that is a little too fairy-tale-esque for this story, and pretty unbelievable.
4.5 out of 10.

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