Oct 31, 2015

Last Year's Mistake.

last year's mistake.

gina ciocca.

Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Publication Date:June 9,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

Before :

Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...

After :

Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.


To be honest, cover is what caught my attention for LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE and had me curious about the book. It is such colorful, romantic yet suspenseful cover that you can’t help but wonder about it. Just look at it, how can you not? Once I read the summary of the book I had a feeling it would be a novel that I would love. I was right. I couldn’t get enough of this novel, and even ended up reading late last night, just so I could finish it. I wanted to see how it all would end. LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE Is type of story that will suck you in from start and will have your attention till the end of the book. I could actually felt that I was part of their life’s, of their story. LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE was filled with so many feelings, that you found yourself feeling the character’s emotions, especially Kelsey’s. This novel will have your emotions everywhere, so be ready.

This was that book that was hard for me to pick, who I preferred with Kelsey. Ryan or David. I tried to dislike Ryan because of the choices that he made, but it was hard to when I saw how much he loved her. I could see by the way he treated her, and his reaction towards the end, when the two of them broke up. I actually felt sorry for him, despite what he did to David. Besides Kelsey didn’t make such great choices herself. Even though I liked Ryan, I did see more of connection between Kelsey and David, but then two of them had a history. From moment that David moved back, Kelsey pretty much avoided Ryan or at least that feeling I got, way that she acted with him. It’s no wonder that he got jealous. I loved how t the relationship was told from before and after alternatives, it showed how their friendship developed, how they changed. It felt realistic that they didn’t get together till end of the book, it felt more realistic. In way I hoped that her and Ryan should break up, especially when she was hang up on another guy, it wasn’t fair to Ryan. The ending had me smiling.

LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE was an astonishing debut novel. GINA CIOCCA is an author that is going come a long way. I got feeling she is going be an author that I am going to love. Her debut novel just came out recently and I am already eager to see what story she comes up with next. A beautiful young adult contemporary novel, about first love, second chances and learning when to let go. You will fall in love with every single character, even the ones you know that you shouldn’t. Now this is an author who knows how to tell a story and how to keep the reader’s attention. It is still a book that I am thinking about. I also loved the family, friendship aspect in the book. Debut that deserves more than five stars.

Extraordinary love story about second chance, at love.

Oct 28, 2015

Wither( Chemical Garden,#1)



Chemical Garden,#1

Lauren destefano.

Publisher  Simon & Schuster Books
Publication Date: March 22,2011
Genre:YA Dystopian Romance
Format|Pages: Hardcover|358

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?


I have been hearing a lot about the series since it came out. There has been quite few good reviews that I had come across for this series. I had finally came across WITHER when I was at library so decided to check out, see what a lot people craving about. Once I read the book I could see why a lot of people were talking about the book, the series. I am not even sure how to begin to explain what effect WITHER had on me, but I couldn’t get in enough of the story. I found myself falling in love with characters and it gave me feeling that each of the characters were real, even though it was a fictional story. WITHER was that type of book that you find yourself connecting with the characters, especially Rhine. By mid of the book, you will be rooting for Rhine and you will be wondering what is going happen with her next. What adventures and challenges she will have to face, and not just her. You will be wondering about it long after you finish the novel.

I have read a lot of Dystopian novels through years that I started reading those. WITHER was unlike any others that I have read before, not a book that you will be expecting. That was one of things that I loved about it, that it was unlike the other dystopian novels that I have read before. How often do read about someone who has 3 wife’s and when a person knows when they are going to die? When I first read the summary, I knew that it would be interesting but it ended up much better than that. The book was described through Rhine’s eyes and I saw, heard and felt almost everything that she did. It was beautifully written. I loved the descriptions and the emotions were so well written, I felt every single one of them. This book was an emotional roller coaster ride, but in a good way.

I loved the relationship that Rhine developed with her sister wife’s, especially Jenna, something that I never saw happening. I don’t think that I would been able to do what she did. When Jenna got sick so suddenly, just like Rhine I had feeling that something wasn’t right. It was too early. My heart broke since I became fond of Jenna like Rhine had. The two of them did become like sisters. I don’t think she made it as far as she did, if not for Jenna’s support. As for Linden & Gabriel, I am not sure who I liked more, I felt that they both had a connection with Rhine, even though Rhine didn’t want admit that there might be something, between her and Linden. The way that he was with Rhine, I have feeling that he does love her. He’s going be heartbroken once he finds out what she had done. However I do wonder what is going happen with Gabriel and Rhine, now that they can finally be together, now that they escaped. How far would they make it? What a beautiful, breathtaking debut novel. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of them next

Oct 23, 2015

Dream Things True.

dream things true.

marie marquardt.

PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin.
Publication Date:September 1,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission.

What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.


A touching, beautifully written love story.

When I first picked up the novel I didn’t know what to expect from it. The first time that I had come across the novel what had captured my attention first were the cover and the title. The cover of DREAM THINGS TRUE is filled with so many colors especially the title itself, and way that couple are standing and holding each other as if they don’t want to let go. As a reader you can’t help but wonder what is happening there, if there is a reason that they holding onto each other so tightly. You can’t help but be curious what is happening and what is going to happen. Title, I was curious about it from moment that I picked up the book, I wondered if there is a reason for the title, the meaning behind it. DREAM THINGS TRUE is unlike any title I came across before, it’s unique. Once I started reading the novel, the title of the book made sense. It fit perfectly. With what happened and what Evan, Alma and her family went through in the novel. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking.

If what Alma and Evan had not true love, then I don’t know what is. From moment that two of them met when he jumped into the car, I could tell that there was something there, even though Alma wouldn’t admit it at first. Their love, their relationship was unlike a typical teenage relationship that you read about. It was tough considering that she was an illegal immigrant and her dad was pretty strict, Alma didn’t have it easy. There few times that I found myself wondering that if her father would even let them date, but then he came to liking to Evan. I could tell how much the two of them loved each other; just way they were with each other, especially Evan. He considered all options including asking her to marry him, if it meant that she could stay in country with him. He went all way with Mexico at the end. How could that not be love? The two of them went through so much in this book. To me it did feel like a Romeo and Juliet, with a twist. I do hope that both of them find their happily ever after.

What I loved about this novel was fact that it dealt with Illegal immigrants, the process and what happens if caught. It’s a tough subject that will fill you with lot emotions, especially when it starts happening to Alma’s family. Just as you start to fall in love with them , they get discovered and in process of getting deported it. That’s when the emotions got the best for me. From that moment on I was on edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next. I loved how much Evan tried to help; he even attempted to bail out her father and brother out of jail. A story about love, family and sacrifices. An emotional roller coaster that you won’t be able to get out of your mind. A 2015 must read debut.

Oct 19, 2015

Between Us & The Moon.

Between Us & The Moon

rebecca maizel..

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date:June 30,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume’s Forever for a new generation.

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict. 


You watch the world, I’m not even sure you live in it,

What a touching story, a story that you can’t help but fall in love with. I felt sorry for Sarah, I felt in love with her story. Of course I wished that she hasn’t lied to Andrew but at the same time I could see why she did it. Sarah wanted to be noticed. What had caught my attention from start had been the cover and the title. The couple on the cover looked cozy and happy and I couldn’t help but wonder what’s their story. Once I read the summary of the novel, by then I was already hooked and I didn’t even start the book. BETWEEN US AND THE MOON is defiantly one of those books that will fill you with emotions from start till end of the book. Every page, every chapter had me craving me for more. I wanted to see what would happen with Sarah and with Sarah and Andrew and of course I couldn’t help but wonder if she tell him the truth, and what would happen when she finally did.

You can see that there is connection between Sarah & Andrew, from moment that two of them met. Just by the way that two of them communicated with one another. I just wished that Sarah haven’t lied to him and maybe the outcome could be different. I can see why she did it, because for a chance she wanted be someone different, be noticed and be out of her sister Scarlett’s shadow. Maybe outcome could been different if she told him before they slept together. I felt like Sarah didn’t even think about what might happen to him if someone found out. I wished she figured out that part before. She let him believe all those lies too. Sarah was one of those characters that I loved and hated at same time, mostly based on the decisions. Two of them had a special connection, a real love, and she threw it all away because of her lies, that he eventually found out about.

I’m not sure what to think of her family; honestly the only person that I actually liked was Gran. Others seemed like they were pressuring her, it’s no wonder that she wanted something different. She needed an escape. Sometimes I couldn’t help but wonder if Scarlett even cared about her, at times it seemed that all she cared about, was herself. But when she came to her defense and when she was there for her when she needed someone, I knew she loved her, she just didn’t show it often. There were so many emotions that went through me while reading the novel. However, I wasn’t sure about the ending, it didn’t feel complete to me but that was only one thing that I disliked about BETWEEN US AND THE MOON .


Oct 18, 2015

Pretending To Dance.

pretending to dance.

diane chamberlain.

Publisher  St Martin's Press.
Publication Date:October 6,2015
Genre:Contemporary Thriller.

Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can't have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly's past and her family--the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison's Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head.

The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father's death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants? 



As you already guessed I am a big fan of DIANE CHAMBERLAIN . I have read few of her books and so far there hasn’t been a single one that I didn’t enjoy. To me it feels like every book that I read seems to get better. PRETENDING TO DANCE hooks you from the first page till the last one. DIANE CHAMBERLAIN did it again! Came up with a break taking story about love, family and friendship. There wasn’t a single page that I didn’t love about this book; I couldn’t get enough of it. A book that I had to force to put down and once I did, I was thinking about it and wondering what happened to the characters after. I loved that this novel had so many aspects of family and friendship, that’s my favorite type of books to read. You will find yourself invested in the character’s life’s and before you know you will fall in love with the characters. I am still thinking about it.

As always I loved the writing style, however unlike her other books this one was different. PRETENDING TO DANCE went back and forth between San Diego, her present life and Morrison Ridge, her past life. From start of the book, I couldn’t help but be curious what was the reason that Molly lied about her family to Aidan and of course plot thickened when she said that her mother killed her father. How can you not wonder what she meant by that? I was filled with suspense from moment that I have read that sentence. PRETENDING TO DANCE was filled with a lot of suspense, there were multiple times that you will find yourself wondering what’s going to happen next. It will have you turning the pages till the end. What you will find out is not what you expect it to be. Be Warned, you will need tissues by the end of the book.

I loved the relationship that Molly and her father had, despite his disability. I can’t even imagine having someone close to you, be disabled in that way. MS is a tough subject to write about and DIANE CHAMBERLAIN did amazing job writing about the challenges of disease, not just physically but emotionally. I was as surprised as Molly was when she found out truth why her mother did what she did. To me he seemed happy and he didn’t look like he was in pain. I do believe that he made it as long as he did because of Molly. She made him happy. I was heartbroken for her when he died. I loved fact that Aidan didn’t judge her based on her past, instead he supported her and encouraged her to go see her mother. That’s her true love that her father had been talking about all those years ago. I am glad that Molly finally found her happy ending.

One of best. A novel that deserves more than 5 stars. I can’t wait to see what Chamberlain will come up with next.

Oct 12, 2015




david estes.

Publisher  David Estes.
Publication Date: December 1,2014
Genre:YA Dystopian | Thriller.
Format|Pages: E Book|418
 Source: Author sent copy, for review

*I received an E copy of the book from author, in exchange of honest review*

Someone must die before another can be born...

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.


Another trilling addition by DAVID ESTES . I met David back in 2012 and since then there haven’t been a single book of his that I didn’t like. Since then I had become good friends with an author, but this in no way affect my review. SLIP wasn’t what I had expected and unlike any books that I have read. Through the years I have read quite few dystopian novels but none were anything like this one was. It was original and I thought that concept of the story was amazing. Getting permission before child is born? Killing ones that are born illegally, how can that not make an interesting story? I couldn’t get enough of story, I felt invested in each of character’s life’s and needed to find out what is going happen to them next. How could I not? To me, those characters became like my friends.

I loved Estes’s writing style in this book, it fit the story well. It was interesting to follow each of character’s life from start when both of them were little kids. Of course I loved the name Benson and out of all characters, besides his mother Janice, I felt like he changed the most. I saw him changed from an unconfident child which is not what I saw in Benson as teenager. I never saw as thief while I watched him grow up but I think that one of things that helped him gain some confidence. I loved the connection that he and Lucy had, I knew there was something there, even before he kissed her and she freaked out. I do think that he should tell his first soon, because if he doesn’t soon, it’s going to blow up in his face I feel like.

Harrison was another amazing character, and so much different from his twin brother Benson. I knew that Benson must been his brother but them being twins never crossed my mind. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must felt like to find out that you had twin. I do wonder what’s going happen now that they know each other, how their relationship be like. Characters and the storyline wasn’t only what I loved about the book. Did you see the cover? Just the cover itself will want you pick up the book even if you don’t know what the book is about. You will be able to figure by cover alone that it’s going be an intense, adventure filled novel. I love fact that the boy on cover that I am guessing is Benson has two different eye colors. Eye capturing cover, title.

Do you love dystopian novels? SLIP is a novel that you should check out; it’s unlike others out there. Once you pick it up, be ready to spend hours reading it. That’s what I did. Be ready for a thrilling adventure.

Oct 11, 2015

The Night We Said Yes.

the night we said yes.

lauren gibaldi.

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date:June 16,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 


“It was my favorite part of the night - when the evening's events were still unknown and unpredictable. It was the sense of possibility that I loved, the idea that anything could happen next.”

That’s the feeling that I had through this entire novel. What an incredible story, an amazing journey. When I came across the book while I was surfing through Goodreads I had a good feeling about the book, that it would be an interesting story. I was right. I always loved books about friendships, love and adventures and THE NIGHT WE SAID YES had that and so much more. It wasn’t book just about friendship and love but a night of chances, choices, and second chances. It ended up being a night that none of them be able to forget. A story that makes you wish that you were party of story and could go along for ride with everyone else. THE NIGHT WE SAID YES was such beautiful, heartfelt story that you won’t be able to stay away. It portrays friendship, first love so well. Be ready to stay up because once you pick it up, you won’t put it down.

I loved the style that LAUREN GIBALDI wrote THE NIGHT WE SAID YES the Then & Now that took action in one night worked well, and as reader you can tell how the characters changed through story. I felt like the only characters that didn’t change as well were Ella & Matt. Of course I loved the story of Matt’s & Ella’s love the most which a huge chunk of novel was based on. A story about first love, first heartbreak and of course second chances. I know what Matt did hurt Ella especially once she found he lied the reason he left, but I could tell that after all this time he loved her. I knew that Ella did too as much as she tried to deny it. Matt & Ella are the couple that belongs together and I was rooting for them the whole way. I hoped that Ella would give him a second chance.

The friendship between Meg & Ella, how could you not fall in love with it? How can it not remind you of your own best friend? It reminded of mine and had me missing her since she lives far away from me. I loved despite everything, despite the choices that they made; they were always there for one another in end. Even if Ella didn’t always agree when Meg kept going back to Jake even after he hurt her, she supported it because she wanted her best friend happy. Actually all of them supported each other. I loved idea of saying Yes to everything because that way you could get experienced that you never had before or never had courage to. Like Ella singing live with the band. I went through so many different emotions while reading this book, so will you. A story that I still can’t get out of my mind.

LAUREN GIBALDI wrote an incredible debut book. I was amazed and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Oct 8, 2015

Saint Anything.

saint anything.

sarah dessen.

Publisher  Viking Juvenile
Publication Date:May5,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time. 


SARAH DESSEN DID IT AGAIN! It has been a while since I have read her novels, few years and after reading SAINT ANYTHING I remembered why I love this author. I had fallen in love with Dessen’s writing and stories when I read her for first time back in 2012. I feel like I fallen in love with her writing more after reading SAINT ANYTHING . I Loved all books of hers that I have read so far, but out of all that I have read SAINT ANYTHING was my favorite, though it focused on similar theme, it was unlike her other books and to me it felt inspirational. This novel wasn’t only about love but family, friendships and how one person’s decision can affect everything, how sometimes you find love and family in most unexpected ways. It feels that a message in SAINT ANYTHING can be something that a lot can relate to in some ways. You can’t help but get sucked and fall in love with the story.

I loved everything about this book, the story, the characters, and the message. Of course my favorites were Sydney, Layla and Mac. It’s almost impossible not to love them; you know that there going be important part of story from moment they appear in the book. How can you not love them? They are type of people that you would love to have in your life or already do. Layla reminded me a lot of my best friend. I loved the friendship that her and Sydney formed and I knew that Layla would be a friend for years to come. What other friend would guard the door just because Sydney was freaked out by Ames attitude? Especially one that you just recently met. I loved that about Layla, she was always there without questions asked, that’s how my best friend and I are. I was glad that Sydney was able to find a friend like Layla; she needed a friend like that, especially after what happened with her brother. Layla is type of friend that everyone should have.

MAC: what can I say about him? There was so much that I loved about him, but he was unlike any guys that I read about. What I loved most about their relationship is fact that it took time to develop, to get to that time. It wasn’t rushed like most romance tend to be and that made it more believable. I loved that their relationship wasn’t only what was important to them but they also spent time with their friends as well. I just wished that they haven’t kept their relationship secret from Layla but I guess I can see why Sydney kept it from Layla. You could tell that there was connection between two of them, not right from start but you could tell that Mac was important to her, even if she wouldn’t admit it at first. I was rooting for both of them right from start.

Family & Friendship aspect was my favorite in novel because I believe that those are two most important things. It was heavily based of both. I wasn’t fond of her mother of how she treated her after Peyton went to jail, I understand that she was upset but she acted as if Sydney wasn’t important, all that mattered was Peyton. I don’t think that’s fair to Sydney. I loved how Chathmans accepted her for who she was and treated her like part of family after only knowing her for short period of time. They acted more like her family. If only everyone was like that. SAINT ANYTHING is breathtaking, intriguing novel that I’m still thinking about. Impossible to put down.

I recommend this to all of Dessen fans, and contemporary fiction fans. It deals with real issues and you will find yourself hooked till the end.

Oct 4, 2015

Made You Up.



Publisher  Greenwillow Books.
Publication Date:May19,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance|Psychology.

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. 

“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn't was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step.”

A feeling that I got while I was reading this novel. There were times where I wasn’t sure what was happening was real or Alex’s imagination due to her Illness. MADE YOU UP was a type of novel that will have you stop and thinking about what’s happening, and if what is happening is reality or not. MADE YOU UP had me going through so many emotions that I am not sure if I would be able to explain them all. I felt sad, angry, confused, surprised and so much more. I was drawn into Alex’s world, imaginary or not. A book that becomes reality fast. I felt the emotions, the confusion that Alex was feeling. I have read few books about mental Illness before but nothing like this one. This been one of best when it comes to Schizophrenia.

This subject was interesting, yet tough to read about since I got a friend with Schizophrenia. I knew some things about it but not a lot, but once I read this novel, I felt like I learned more about, and how it can affect a person especially when they can’t tell reality from imagination. FRANCESCA ZAPPIA has a real imagination and sucks you story right from the first book and the way she ends the book, one that has you wondering, which was real and which was hallucinations? Especially after the truth about her little sister comes out, one twist that even I didn’t see coming. Alex talked to her and her parents let her as if she actually was there. I couldn’t believe that they would hide something like that from her, it’s no wonder she was so confused afterwards. If you had no idea that you were talking to a sister that wasn’t there, how do you know that everything happened before real or not.

MILES Come on, how can you not be curious about him? I’ll be honest that I wasn’t his biggest fan when came across him, he was rude and the kind of guy I wouldn’t want be friends with. However, like Alex I did wonder if he was the blue eye friend that she was sure she made up those years ago. I was sure that he was someone that she had made up, during her first episode. It’s no wonder that she was confused once she realized that he had been real, but I couldn’t believe that Miles kept it from her for so long. I did see a connection between the two of them, even if they acted like they couldn’t stand each other at the start. If it wasn’t for Miles she wouldn’t made it as far as she had. He helped her. Miles made her feel like she belonged. Even though he frustrated me half of time, I couldn’t help but love him.

A stunning heart breaking debut by Francesca Zappia. You will cry, you will get angry and you will find yourself asking questions. A debut that is worth more than 5 stars. Francesca is an author that will go a long way, an author to look out for. A MUST READ.


Story For Dessert Published @ 2014 by Ipietoon