Made You Up by Francesca ZappiaMade You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

byFrancesca Zappia

Hardcover | May 19, 2015

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Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story of Alex, a high school senior—and the ultimate unreliable narrator—unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. 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 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. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

Francesca Zappia lives in central Indiana and majors in computer science at the University of Indianapolis. She spends most of her time writing, drawing her characters, and reading.Made You Upis her debut novel.
Title:Made You UpFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006229010X

ISBN - 13:9780062290106


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best contemporary authors out there Absolutely stunning. The way in which Zappia is able to write such dynamic characters with mental health issues, who are so full of life is incredible. Between this and Eliza and Her Monsters, Zappia has become my favourite contemporary YA author.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from that humour though this book was so wonderfully sassy and sarcastic but it also hits you in the feels. I loved the characters and the plotline
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Sassy Reading the synopsis of the book, I thought it would be a deep dark book on mental health exactly like Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, and I went inside prepared for a fairly intense book. Made You Up was a really fun read, one that made me really believe in the romance like very few books do. It was about friendship and trying to function normally while also living with a debilitating mental disease. Let’s break it down: Writing: Francesca had an easy to read writing style. In fact, it was so easy to read, I finished the entire 400 page book in one day and I wanted more. It made the entrance into the world and especially Alex’s mind very east. Idea: I LOVED THE IDEA. I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. A story about the confines of reality told from the schizophrenic’s point of view? And the girl suffering from schizophrenia is also trying to be a normal high schooler, get into college and fall in love? I NEEDED IT. I was going to import a copy for myself before Harper announced that they would be releasing it and I was over the moon. Plot: I LOVED this book. I loved Alex, I loved Miles and I loved everything about this story. It was fun, it was about to know it all high school teenagers whose conversations were filled with sass and dark humour and there was nothing not to love about it. I’ve never read a book told from a schizophrenic’s point of view, and I wasn’t sure what I expected really. The only schizophrenic’s I’ve seen are the few on Grey’s Anatomy, who have rather advanced cases but I assume that what Alex has was not so acutely onset. I honestly don’t know enough about the disease to make judgements, but I felt like it was treated a little lightly. Alex was trying a lot to be normal (which I respect and understand) but I felt like I learnt nothing more about the disease, in a book whose tagline was about said disease. I did love the chemistry between Miles and Alex, the club and even the high school conspiracy that also played around the book. It was a FUN book. Characters: Like I already said, I LOVED the dark humour and sass between Miles and Alex. I liked all the club misfits and Tucker. I really wish that Alex’s parents were more responsible about her condition. I wish her mother didn’t say she would throw her in an asylum. They were well developed, but again, I don’t feel like the people who were supposed to treat her disease with maturity didn’t and it annoyed me a little. Conclusion: A fun, light hearted, sass-filled book that will make you appreciate the reality you live in while making you crave the romance that it creates. 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well-written contemporary Ahh I'm actually so satisfied with the ending. :D Miles really grew on me and I have a soft spot for him. Alex & Miles are so cute together :3 The secondary characters were awesome like Art and Theo & Tucker too. And the bullies in the school weren't all one-dimensional and stereotypical (well except Cliff & Ria who deserve a punch to the face). Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Add this book to your "Must Read" list immediately! YA novels have risen to a whole new level over the past few years. This novel is told from the prospective of a high school girl with schizophrenia. This book will make you laugh and this book with make you cry. Do me a favour and read Made You Up.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me cry! This book was recommended to me by my friend and I loved it! I read it all in 2 or 3 days and it was amazing. I loved the relationship between Alex and Miles. Their relationship bloomed beautifully and I loved how he was always there for her to no matter what - and vice-versa. It was heart-warming and one of my most favourite books I have ever read.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words No words can describe this book...
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. This story was interesting and I loved the characters, but it definitely wasn't one of my favorites but it was still really good
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining I started reading this book a while ago and then stopped for some reason. I remember it being entertaining and unexpectedly charming. From what I read, it was very good. I will definitely be finishing it now.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Good Read In A While "Made You Up" is probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. The writing is neat and the chapters are a reasonable number of pages. I couldn't put this book down! The mystery piece in it is amazing. I throughly enjoyed how the reader, and Alex for that matter, never truly knew what was going on. Alex was constantly trying to find out was was real and what wasn't which I found truly enhancing. The author explained what it's like to live with schizophrenia. Alex is smart, strong, and (usually) does whats right. She can be cold but that's only because she's paranoid and cautious. I also really like how she had a major flaw. The gist of the book is her trying to live with it. There is a mysterious, well paced romance part of it all, and I think thats also good. Alex isn't a stupid girl and she doesn't go head over heals to find love. Love is actually the last thing on her mind. She just wants to graduate and all. Live a normal teenage girl life. All in all it was a very refreshing read and has been the only amazingly awesome one I've read in a long time. Hope to see more books from this author soon!
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky, entertaining, & different Made You Up is quirky, entertaining, exciting, and different. A surprising look at being a teen, at attending high school, when you're not sure what's real and what isn't. When you're not sure if you're insane or if you're the only sane one in the room. When you're not sure if your classmates are real or if your brain made them up. I think Alex provides an honest view of life that's enhanced by her paranoid schizophrenia, if such a thing is possible. She's the most unreliable of narrators, readers are never sure what's real and what isn't because Alex is never sure, but that makes this book so interesting. It's a bit raw and unfiltered, it's truth alongside impossibility. Alex is a bit bold, unpredictable, intelligent. Cautious, which I think comes from the paranoia. She has a way of seeing through some people, seeing what they're hiding, what they're lying about. It's so easy to believe everything she says, to see everything she does, until you find out it might not be there. I can't speak as to how accurate the portrayal of Alex's paranoid schizophrenia is, but I hope it's accurate. It's an illness that isn't often seen in YA. Depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, cancer. Rarely schizophrenia. There are moments when the medication Alex takes is described as greying her world, making everything fuzzy, making her sad, but there are also moments when Alex acknowledges that she needs help, that what she sees isn't always real or normal. I found this book to be so interesting, so compelling, that I was unable to stop reading. I was desperate to know what happened next, to know what was real and what wasn't. I expected everything Alex saw and heard to be real and to not be real. In the end, in terms of what was real and what wasn't, well... who's to say? A definite must-read for those looking for a brand new flawed heroine.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So so good Alex was diagnosed with schizophrenia at an earlier age. Since then, she’s been fighting to determine what’s real in her life and what’s not. She wants to go to college and she’s sure she can do that. Then comes Miles and his group, the same group Alex has to join as a condition to attending school. They work all the sports events, timekeeping, score keeping, concessions, and soon Alex finds herself making friends among these people. She’s so used to crazy, can she enjoy normal? And is it real? This book was very memorable. The story focused on Alex and her struggles but still managed to work in side plots for other characters. The writing was addictive to read and it moved at a great pace, not too slow to get boring but not too fast to lose focus. Alex was a great character. She was an unreliable narrator since we never knew if what she was seeing was real, but her feelings about everything around her, those were real. It was great to see her making friends and trying new experiences as the book went on. She was understandably scared of being exposed to the school but she was slowly opening herself up to the people she could consider friends. The dynamic between Alex and Miles was fun and interesting. He tried to portray himself as a loner but all the kids in his group thought of him as their friend, even if he couldn’t see it. He and Alex had a great prank war going early on and at first, they really disliked each other. I liked seeing that dislike turn to like and then friendship with the possibility of something more. There was just something that made them right for each other. There was a mystery with the scoreboard and a few other characters that I don’t want to spoil. It was weird and disturbing and fit right in with the book, the whole time I was wondering if it was all a product of Alex’s mind or if it was real. There were some hallucinations I was able to know immediately were just that, others took some time to figure out they weren’t real. Even by the end of the book, there was still the feeling that there were more hallucinations that I missed or that Alex didn’t know about. This was a book that will stay with me and I’m glad it made an impact that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-05-01

Editorial Reviews

“Alex’s sardonic voice and the rapid, Heathers-like dialogue will hold readers’ interest.”