Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
An amazing writing about what ifs. What if that one thing hadn't taken place? what if I hadn't gone there? what if I had been more beautiful? what if I didn't have these scars? All those questions, all those what ifs which go through our mind every single day. Perhaps more for some people. People like Fiona Doyle.
"If we tried to analyze how every little thing changes us,” Fiona continued, “nobody would get anything done."
And that's exactly what the author showed us. An alternate life of Fiona 'Fi', in which she doesn't have scars, in which she's the star of the lacrosse team, in which Fiona's crush is Fi's best friend, in which she isn't friends with Lucy and David. But all the same, Fiona and Fi's worlds collide, one way or the other. And that's what I liked most about 'Everything that makes you.' That despite Fiona and Fi being the same person with contrasting personalities, they both go through same things, more or less. Like their relationship with their mother. Both Fiona and Fi get the closure.
“For all my worry about how hard it was going to be, you handled everything beautifully. So despite how much I hate that it happened, I cherish it a little too. That accident made you, you. And I wouldn’t have you any other way."
“But you’re also the fiercest person I know. The things you’re passionate about, you’ll bleed for.”
Both of these quotes show just how contrasting the personalities are. Yet deep, 'deep' down they're the same, in more than one way.
The King brothers would definitely be my favourite characters. In both Fi and Fiona's lives. I was quite saddened by the fact that Fiona never got to meet Marus. That part sucked a bit because I loved Marcus with Fi. Although I have an idea that Marcus and Fiona wouldn't be suitable as he was with Fi. Another personality difference. Despite this I would have loved to have a meet up of Fiona and Marcus.
So now when we're done with one brother, let's get to second one. In both the POV's, Jackson was shown as the loving and devoted brother, who sacrificed everything just for his brother.
“Just a bitter, alive guy without his freaking twin.”
How, just tell me how, could you not love the guy? And Fiona and Jackson? Loved it.
“We’ve all got baggage, Fiona.” “I’m the only one wearing it on my face.” He shrugged. “So what? Other people wear it in bruises. Or on their hearts, when they lose the people they love. Kids who grow up surrounded by hate have it all over their souls. And the rest of us? We shove it way down where it rots, poisoning us slowly. Which way’s better?”
While we're at couples, let's discuss Fi and Marcus's relationship too. Fi and Marcus had this beautiful relationship in which they both were, as they call it, 'whipped', or as we call it, deeply in love.
Like Fiona and Jackson, I liked Fi and Marcus too.
She shook her head, wiping away the tears. She had become nothing but a pathetic lump of wallowing sorrow. “Is this ever going to end?” She wasn’t expecting a response. And Jackson didn’t give one.
This just goes to show that how much Fi loved Marcus and vice versa.
Moving on, Ryan. Sweet, loyal and guilty. Just three words which describe him accurately.
“But I didn’t make you at all, Ona,” he said. “All this time, you’ve made me. I’m better because of you. And whatever pieces of yourself you want to share up there — that’ll make everyone here a little bit better, too.”
We always wonder where does the title fit in. And, let me tell you one thing, it fits oh-so-perfectly.
"Even though Marcus really believed some miracle would happen, he didn’t waste a second.” He gave a sad, lopsided smile. “So I learned this from my dying brother. Don’t waste it.” “Waste what?” she whispered. He looked at her a long time. “Everything that makes you.”
And the conclusion. A beautiful sentence which creates a stunning picture in reader's mind.
"And then they kissed under the hot, summer sky."