Friday, August 7, 2015

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up
Author: Fracesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
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I don’t know how to say this without sounding weird, but I like books about characters with mental illness. I like how the stories are told and not knowing if what the character says is real or not real. I really like unreliable narrators and Alex, from Made You Up, was completely unreliable.

Made You Up follows Alex, a high school senior and schizophrenic. She is starting at a new school and trying to hide her schizophrenia from her classmates. She wants to be viewed as normal even though she takes pictures of everything around her to help determine if the things she is seeing are real or not real. For example, Armed Guards on the school roof, not real. Screaming drill sergeant teacher, real.

It wasn’t Alex’s inability to tell real or not real apart that made me like her though. It was how she handled it. She wasn’t mad but was instead realistic about her situation and how her mental state affected those around her. You could tell she really did care about her family and friends.

The only thing I wasn’t really keen on was the Romance. Alex’s relationships with Miles had me questioning whether he was real or not. Not knowing if Miles was a figment of Alex’s imagination made it kind of hard to root for their relationship.

Overall, I really enjoyed Made You Up it kept me guessing and I was surprised by how the mystery in this story unfolded. I was thoroughly impressed with Zappia’s Debut and I can’t wait to read her next novel!

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