Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | REVIEW

17661416Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Genre: YA. Contemporary, Mental Illness
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Goodreads 

“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.

Rating: starstarstarstar

I started this book off with a bit of apprehension, finding it hard to relate and understand the problems our main character went through. But as I read, I was able to connect with her and her story. Alex is a character that you will either love, or hate, depending on whether you can, or not, relate to her illness. Even though she suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia, you learn to fall in love with her and her world, with all its colors, objects, people and noises that may or may not really be there.

“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted”. And this is the point where the book got me totally involved. I got addicted and compelled to read more and more, thus finishing it in one night.

Stars given:

  1. The plot twist. After 400 pages of trying to find out what’s true and what’s not, I ended up being blown away by the plot twist. Something I wish I never knew, but that undoubtedly makes the book worth 4 stars.
  2. The mystery. You NEVER know what’s real or what isn’t. As small or as big of a part of the book it may be, you’ll never be sure if it’s really there or just on her mind, and that gives the book the side of mystery and curiosity it needs.
  3. The main couple. I loved them because they were the outcasts. The unlikeables. The mental-crazy-paranoid girl and the smartass-asshole-annoying guy. Still, they are so relatable and so real. Real is the best way to define them.
  4. The family element. It was good to see a book so involved with the relationship between Alex and her parents. And to see it paint a family as anything but perfect, with all their faults and lies and problems, made it even better.

Stars taken:

5. Lack of contentI think the plotline was pretty flat, for most of the book. It lacked a bigger involvement of other characters and environment.


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