EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU is a lovely, original debut by Moriah McStay.
What a lovely, original debut by Moriah McStay. We often wonder what would happen if we took a different path. Would our lives be substantially different or better, perhaps? In this case Fiona wonders about an accident that happened to her when she was a child. The accident scarred her face. People have treated her differently her entire life because of that one moment in time. She wonders how her life could've ended up.
Turn the page and we hear from Fi, who is living the exact same life, without the scarred face. This is a story about one girl who lived two different lives. In alternating points of view, we see how their lives seem very different. But they both end up with struggles to overcome. Each girl must take her own path to become her best self.
I enjoyed the journeys of both Fiona and Fi. I loved the premise, and the author pulls it off really well. The stories are different, with the same characters, but their relationships have shifted. The differences cause different aspects of each character emerge. I can imagine the author enjoyed getting this chance to tell two plot lines with the same characters. I can imagine it involved lots of post-its on a giant white board to keep it all straight! Somehow, Fi and Fiona end up as distinctly different voices, which is a credit to the author.
I loved this story. It's about relationships, human connections. It's also about inner strength and overcoming obstacles to grow and be your best self. I'll be thinking about it for a while. I'm looking forward to reading more from Moriah McStay!
Enjoy this lovely story you won't soon forget.
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