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.


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