Made You Up
Francesca Zappia
Published May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
YA > Contemporary | Mental Health
arc via publisher
4 ★★★★
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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. 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.
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 Welcome to my stop for the Made You Up PH tour! This book floored me! It was incredible. Check out my gushing and fangirling and if you’re from the Philippines, you can win a print arc copy!! Thanks to PinoyBookTours 🙂




“Are you real?”


Right after reading this book, my feelings was all over the place. And if you don’t know, when a book does that to you it only means one thing: the book is all kinds of amazing. Made You Up is such a powerful and poignant novel. It was engrossing to the point that the book is absolutely gripped inside your heart and the desire to let go… is nonexistent.

I love how unreliable our main character is. I’m the kind of reader who always puts herself in the main character’s shoes so that I can truly experience the whole novel. And I would be lying if I say that doing that is such a challenge when you’re reading MADE YOU UP. Is it real? Or is it not? Fear is gnawing inside of me throughout the novel because there’s a possibility that a certain character or a certain event that happened may not be real. And I can’t have that because every character in this story is attached to me from the moment Francesca introduced them to me. They are real. At least to me.

Don’t you just love books that challenges you? That makes you think? That makes you understand another human being that you have different opinion about before? Don’t you just love books that makes you understand? There may be a lot of books with schizophrenic as a main character but only a few can make you sympathize or make you fully feel how that main character feels. Francesca just did all that and I am blown away.

There’s a certain boy that I fell for and I don’t know how to move on from him. Miles. How do I explain Miles to people? Miles is the 70% of reasons why I adore Francesca. There, I said it. Alex is phenomenal as a heroine and I absolutely admired Jetta and the crew, even Celia was dear to me. But Miles, Miles is golden. Not just because he makes me swoon or that he’s hated by everyone or that he has that accent that everybody is making fun of… its because Miles is layered. He’s the kind of guy you WANT to get to know slowly and deeply. Its not because of his baggage or his jerky exterior but because he is Miles. And that’s enough reason.

Made You Up is absolutely, without a doubt, one of the best book I’ve read this year. It’s gripping. It’s emotional. It’s real. A brilliant writing plus thought provoking plot and terrific characters, Francesca just made a recipe for a successful novel that is perfect for every person who can read.




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YA writer represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency. My debut, MADE YOU UP, will be out from Greenwillow/ HarperCollins on May 19th, 2015. I like writing, reading, drawing, anime, playing way too much Pokemon, and other things.








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