Made You Up
by Francesca Zappia
Rating: 2.5-3/5 stars
After being run out of her previous school, Alex is determined not to let anyone realize she has a secret at her new school. Alex has schizophrenia and in order to keep track of who is actually in front of her, she constantly takes pictures to review. However, she is not sure if her precautions will be enough once she meets Miles, a boy who reminds her of one of her childhood delusions. Or at least she thought he wasn’t real, but now she can’t be sure. All Alex wants is to graduate high school, go to college, and beat back her disorder long enough to accomplish these goals, but trying to navigate the uncertainty of high school is hard enough, factor in having to discover who is real or not makes it seem impossible.
Review: Zappia does a great job of writing to make the reader really feel Alex’s confusion and frustration. I could not imagine having to second guess what I am seeing all the time, and it is easy to see why Alex is paranoid about many things. However, I did have some issues with the plot. For the first half of the book, things were really slow and it didn’t seem like much was happening. I wasn’t really fired up to pick this book up each time I went to read it.
Once the plot did start to move, Alex becomes involved in something much bigger than she anticipated. This plot twist and mystery that Alex became involved in was a huge leap for me, and pretty unbelievable. It had to do with the school principal being kind of crazy and having an inappropriate relationship with a student. I know part of that was to make the reader doubt whether the events were actually happening of if it was all in Alex’s mind. But it was just really out there, and I find it hard to believe that no one was suspicious of the school principal in the years leading up to Alex’s attendance.
For me this book was really enlightening and informative, but I wasn’t super entertained.