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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Year Published: 2015
Hi guys! Another review. Awesome! I actually had a hard time deciding what should I post but now we here! I actually read this book way back June, I think and I can say that it’s actually my 2nd favorite book of this year! The first one is All The Bright Places which you can find my review here. But today, we are going to tackle a little about this psychedelic covered words of awesome. Let’s go!
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. (Goodreads)
Two of the main characters are Alex and Miles.
As what you’ve read (if you really read) Alex has schizophrenia and that means she is suffering from hallucinations and twisted versions of reality. As what the book’s blurb told us, she is not ready for normal. However, Alex don’t really appear to me as whiny or emotional like I thought she would be. She’s actually cool!
Miles on the other hand is not your typical heartthrob or Mr. Popular but boy, he is a genius! He is aloof and one thing that I found weird, but in an adorable way, is that he is afraid that no one would actually want to be his friend when it’s obvious that there are some who actually see him as one.
They met when Alex returned to school and then they had this club wherein they started hanging out (with a bunch of awesome others as well) and then things slowly started from there.
Let me narrow down the things I like about this book:
It’s awesome in a way that it’s emotional but not dragging. It’s actually a feel-good book despite some of the parts wherein you will have no choice but to feel something.
The characters are real people. I mean they’re fictional but you can actually see that it’s possible to happen and there are are people with issues like that.
It’s hopeful. In the end it’s still about a girl with schizprenia.. schizoperenia.. wait lemme check.. schizophrenia, there. Haha! 😛
You can actually relate to them.
THE LOVE STORY!! ❤ THEY ARE THE CUTEST! IT’S NOT FORCED AND NOT TOO FAST. IT’S LIKE I WANNA SCREAM AT THEM TO ACTUALLY START HOOKING UP BUT THEN YOU REALIZE THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY, SO IT’S OKAY. Okay. Calm down.
What about the things I do not like:
I’m not really good at unreliable characters and Alex is one, so that should be the only issue for me.
I read somewhere that the symptoms of Alex’s disorder aren’t really accurate and only pure imagination. But, I think it shouldn’t become a debate whether a story is well-written or not. What I’m saying is that, you read a book and you have to filter everything that you will believe one way or another or you will be bonkers in the end. You have to know that writing a story is one way of seeing reality and what I’ve learned is that, different people have different beliefs and that means different realities. I loved this book and I am proud of who wrote this. Maybe she did not write it for the sake of proving that how the book presented the disorder is real and this is how a person with it lives. Maybe, she wrote it because she wanted to say something that is beyond what words are written on the paper. In the end, we make our own decision if we believe what we believe.