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.
Book Title: Made You Up
Author: Francesca Zappia
Published Date: May 19th 2015
Thank you Harper Collins Aus for sending me a copy of Made You Up to review.
Made You Up is a thrilling YA novel that will leave you questioning the reality around you
I absolutely loved reading this book! The storyline was so addictive and compelling, it really got me thinking throughout the whole book – is this real or not real? Although at times, I myself was annoyed and nervous not knowing what was real or a hallucination, it kept me on my feet until the very last page. The issues the author writes about are ones I have not read about before so it was really interesting to get an insight into that world.
“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”
The story focuses on Alex who deals with schizophrenia while trying to live a normal life. She lives with the constant fear of not knowing what is real or not real and for this reason takes photographs of everything around her to prove what is real and what are hallucinations that will fade away. When she starts a new school and sees a familiar face she is shocked to find that what she thought was a hallucination years ago was actually real. The book definitely kept you busy trying to figure out was what real or illusion and threw some unexpected surprises at you.
Alex’s character was very mature and strong willed. She had come to terms with her schizophrenia and accepted that she would always see things differently to others, but still tried her best to live life like a normal teenager and make the most of her situation. Miles on the other hand annoyed the hell out of me. He was rude and thought he was smarter than everyone else. But put the two together and we really saw the best of both of them. I really loved seeing a different side to Miles from the one he showed everyone else and I definitely liked him more once I saw deeper into his personality. I didn’t really like Alex’s parents, although you could see how much they loved and cared about her, they seemed to always be plotting behind her back to send her away to a mental health facility. I also loved everyone in the Recreational Athletics Support Club and how supportive they were to Alex when they found out about her schizophrenia.
The plot twist towards the end really surprised me and yet didn’t. I knew that one of the people Alex interacted with had to be an illusion but I never expected it to be the one it was. Although parts of the book brought tears to my eyes, there were so many witty, funny and heartfelt moments as well. Reading the ending of the book gave me shivers not knowing if Alex made the whole entire story up or not but I was profoundly happy the way it turned out.
Overall, Made You Up was a stunning YA novel and I think the author did a brilliant job writing about the tough issues. I would definitely recommend taking the time to read it!
“He had to be real. Out of everything, he had to be real.”
“In a weird way, it felt like he belonged here. He belonged in the land of phoenixes and witches, the place where things were too fantastic to be real.”
“Everyone’s interesting if you stare at them long enough.”
“Intelligence is not measured by how much you know, but by how much you have the capacity to learn.”
“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.”
About the Author
YA writer represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency. MADE YOU UP is out now, ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS out 5/30/17. I like writing, reading, drawing, horror movies, playing way too much Pokemon, and scaring my friends.