Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: Book Review



Book: Made You Up

Authors: Francesca Zappia

Pages: 448

Reading Format: Kindle

Read: 31st January, 2017

Rating: 4.8/5 Stars


Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Uptells 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.


Plot: 4.8/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Writing: 5/5

“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”

This was the first full book I’ve read on my kindle, without having it in physical form also, (I kinda want it in physical now though, *sigh*, can’t escape being ‘real’ book obsessed).

Quite plainly…

I loved this book.

Although I feel like it took a few chapters to really get into (but that could’ve been me because I was distracted), the two times I read it after that, yes only two, I got really into it and couldn’t put this book down!

To think this is Zappia’s debut novel, I have to give her major props for how fantastic this book was! I will definitely be reading her future work.

“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn't was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step.”

I really enjoyed reading from Alex’s point of view, it was so interesting to see how she viewed the world, and what was going on inside her head. I cannot wait to read more novels from the p.o.v of people with mental illness, it’s so fascinating to me. I feel like I’m being educated on ‘normal’ people with mental illness, as they’re so often depicted as ‘inhumane’ in the media, especially in relation to schizophrenia, like in this novel.

“No, you're not a bad person," he said. "And Richter isn't a bad person, and I'm not a bad person. We're just people, and people sometimes do stupid things.”

Other than Alex, I loved the characters of Alex’s friends, especially one certain ‘friend’ 😉
Each one was so interesting, and each had problems of their own that were equally explored. I especially loved seeing Mile’s background, and what made him the person he is.

I basically just loved Miles, and his relationship with Alex. It was one of the best aspects of the novel, and I could read it over and over again. (even more reason to buy it in physical form, right?)

There was one thing that happened in the book that made me just go whattttttt. I think it was a real turning point for Alex.

“People say teenagers think they're immortal, and I agree with that. But I think there's a difference between thinking you're immortal and knowing you can survive.”

In my opinion, the ending/last section of the novel was so, what I’d expect to be, realistic. I just believe it was really well done by Zappia.

I don’t want to say much else because I feel like you should go into this book not knowing anything, like I did.

So, all I’ll say is, read this book.

You will not regret it.

That’s all,

Kate :)


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