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 Up is her debut novel.
This is a very beautiful debut novel by Francesca Zappia. It was also refreshingly unusual. Due to the unreliable narrator that is Alex we don't know at all times what is real and what isn't. I really liked Alex and Miles, even though it took some time. At first glance, they... This is a very beautiful debut novel by Francesca Zappia. It was also refreshingly unusual. Due to the unreliable narrator that is Alex we don't know at all times what is real and what isn't. I really liked Alex and Miles, even though it took some time. At first glance, they are quite rude people. But this book is written so addictively, that I turned page after page to unveil the mystery and at the same time they soften up. And yes, there is also some sort of mystery in this book, though, to be honest, I thought it was far fetched and didn't really make sense. Especially at the ending and the circumstances Alex was in at the graduation. Those circumstances don't happen anymore, that was ridiculous. The romance between Miles and Alex was very sweet but the focus wasn't to heavy on them luckily. I love how it gradually happened and I loved to read about their pranks, they were very funny. Overall, this book is very much recommended by me!