Made You Up (Review & Giveaway!)

Made You Up (Review & Giveaway!)
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Title: Made You Up
Author:  Francesca Zappia
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Published Date:  19th May 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Did I
love Silver Linings Playbook? Yes. Should this one be compared to that? No.
Because although they were both about mental illness, they both took a very
different approach to it, and they were both very different situations.
But the most important question – did I love it?
SO MUCH YES!
First, before I tell you about how wonderful and
emotional this book is, I am going to invite you to look once more at that
cover which is simply a piece of art. On a book. I would compare it to the
wonderful cover of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. It’s gorgeous.
This book is about Alex who has paranoia and
schizophrenia. Although I knew what the mental illness was, and had heard the
word used many a time, I didn’t really understand the capacity of having it in
itself. And this book really opened my eyes to that. Alex wants to live a
normal teenage life, but it can be difficult when you don’t know what is real
and what isn’t. Needless to say those around her who aren’t family don’t know
that she has the condition, so in public she tries especially hard to act
normal.
When a book accurately portrays a mental illness
Joy @ Joyous Reads used the words ‘unreliable narrator’
when she wrote her review for this one, and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I
wasn’t even aware how unreliable of a narrator Alex was going to be. Like her,
as readers we can never be entirely sure what is real and what isn’t until Alex
herself knows it as well. Some of the largest plot twists were finding out
things that you would never have suspected weren’t real.
And then the characters… were brilliant. I loved hearing
things from Alex’s point of view, and she had such a great way with words and
her mind. I loved being in her body and seeing through her eyes. She was
sensible, she was smart, but then she was also human. And there was Miles – who
everyone was afraid of. Everyone except Alex though – she was more so curious
about who he was and why no one seemingly knew much about him. I won’t tell you
anything about that of course because as you read it is best to discover it for
yourself. But I love Miles. ^^
This was a book where the parents were also very present,
and not off somewhere or dead, which makes me happy. Too many YA books seem to
do that. And these parents weren’t perfect either – they had flaws. Which was
to be expected as they had to look after a child with this condition. It was
interesting to see how each parent went about dealing with Alex’s condition
differently, and finding out their reasons for doing so.  
Another thing I loved so much about this was that
although it was a book about mental diseases and it had great characters, it
wasn’t solely based on that. It actually did have a good plot running through
it as well, that came to a climax.
This book made me sympathetic to those with
schizophrenia. I couldn’t imagine having it myself. It made me love the way I
know what is and isn’t real – something which a lot of us take for granted. It
made me question reality. I mean, what if the life you were living was a dream,
and you woke up. Then what?
I could not and would not stop reading this book for
anything. It made me laugh, it made me smile. If I had to point out a book that
was great, this one would definitely be it. Oh, and the author started writing
this meaningful novel when she was eight O.o
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway Time! Enter to win a hardcover copy of Made You Up! Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you. 

Olivia’s Question: What would you do if you found out the
life you were living wasn’t real?

Olivia-Savannah x


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