Sunday, January 17, 2016

Every Thing That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Today I'm doing a book review on Moriah McStay's debut novel, Everything That Makes You. This is also one of the books I will be giving away this month. This is a Young Adult novel. Published by Harper Collins Publishers a Katherine Tegen Books.
It was a terrible accident that left one side of her face horribly scarred. Fiona looks perfectly normal from one side of her face, but the other side she hides the best she can with her long, blond hair.
Being scarred, Fiona hides from other people and dreams of the life she could have had if the accident never happened. One day she and her parents have the opportunity to explore a skin transplant. The only problem is that someone will have to die to make her whole. Fiona doesn't know how she would feel wearing a dead persons skin. She can hardly wrap her mind around this medical miracle. She would be able to do more than dream about Trent, the boy she has had a crush on since the fourth grade.
Fiona turns to writing music and lyrics, but they are too personal to share with anyone. It would be like baring her soul to a complete stranger. Her best friend Lucy, encourages her to go for it. She gets a scholarship for music and meets another Memphian and they become more than friends. Jackson's brother, Marcus, died at a young age due to a bad heart. He wanted to live more than anything and donated his organs when he died. When Jackson finds out Fiona had a skin transplant about the time his brother died, he can no longer stand to look at her.

Fi has Trent in her life as her best friend. She is a superb Lacrosse player, but gets hurt in a game at a crucial time. She has to fight her way back to the team. Trent is by her side coaching and training her. While she is still hobbling around on crutches she falls in love with Marcus, a boy that is terminal. When he dies, her passion dies too. She loses interest in Lacrosse. Marcus made her promise that she would try out for the Lacrosse team At Northwestern. She agrees, but then backs out at the last minute. Marcus's brother, Jackson, resents the time Fi has with Marcus. After Marcus dies, Jackson and Fi console each other.
In the meantime, Trent wants to be more than friends.
This is a great read. Life is hard, but it is what makes us and Moriah did a very good job weaving these two stories together.

I'll be interviewing Moriah, so if you have a question for her please comment here. Also don't forget to enter the rafflecoptor for her book or the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrators Market Book.


Joyce Lansky said...

I heard Moriah speak about her book at a book store, and it sounded like a wonderful read. I wish her the best!

Patricia Cruzan said...

The book by Moriah sounds like a must read.

Nomie O said...

It sounds like a great book.