Friday, March 18, 2016

Review : Made You Up

Made You up by Francesca Zappia

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Contemporary, Romance
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Purchase Link: Amazon
Published May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow Books


Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.


At a very young age Alex was diagnosed with schizophrenia and has a battle with herself constantly by reassuring herself what is real and what isn't. She looks forward to a new year in a new school and will try everything the can not to get sent to a mental house.

This is one of those books that I can honestly say I loved and really enjoyed. I thought that it was interesting getting the perspective of a person with schizophrenia and constantly seeing that battle that faces when shes trying to figure out whats real. I loved that she followed her gut for most situations. I loved that she founds people who can understand and help her. I for the most part wasn't sure how to feel about her parents and younger sibling and and surprised toward the ending. I guess in the back of my mind I suspected something off but didn't really stick to it and was surprised my guess was correct. This is a character that'll keep you on your toes wondering if what shes seeing is real and I find that interesting getting to see a unreliable narrator feeling and being confused just as she was. Overall a great story, I'm not sure how I came across it but I'm sure glad I did and recommend you lovely readers to check it out.

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