Author: Francesca Zappia
Release Date: 19th May 2015
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.
This book is all kinds of beautiful!
Alex and Miles (and every other character to be quite honest) felt so authentic and genuine and the romance is definitely one of the better ones I’ve read – subtle and strong without feeling forced.
Although having Alex as an unreliable narrator made this a stressful read at times, I also came to appreciate all of her quirks that helped her cope with her illness such as parameter checks and the magic8 ball. The inclusion of her hallucinations and uncertainty reinforces the fact she doesn’t trust herself or anything else either.
On a side note, it’s almost impossible to believe this is a debut novel, the writing is absolutely fantastic! I would recommend this to everyone!