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 with lyrics about her frustrations, her dreams, and her crush on uber-jock Trent McKinnon. But if she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to sing her songs at open mic night. Yet 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 high school lacrosse player in the state, heading to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend, Trent McKinnon, who wants more ever since the kiss. But when an unlucky move on the field screws everything up, she loses the thing she’s best at. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if?

Everything That Makes You follows the same girl in two stories. Moving between them feels like a game, or a great song—exciting, unpredictable, and so compelling. Because luck may determine our paths, but maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

Reviews for Everything That Makes You:

In this thought-provoking first novel, McStay tackles questions of fate, coincidence and the impact of experience…Entertaining and intellectually stimulating.

Publisher’s Weekly

McStay entertainingly weaves similar characters and circumstances throughout their worlds…the debut explores the theme of choices and how those choices become the framework for the person who makes them.

School Library Journal

Talking about Everything That Makes You in a book club or at school? Epic Reads created a great discussion guide. You can download it here. ETMY discussion guide


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Also to be published by DTV (Germany), Pegasus (Turkey) and De Agostini (Italy).



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