Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Fangirl Discussion Review by Mel and Celine
*This is a spoiler-free review*
Celine: Can I just say how much I loved this one?!
Mel: Yes omg I cannot get over how brilliant this one is. Buying myself a hardcover for sure!
Celine: I loved pretty much everything about this. Its uniqueness, the voice, the amazing characters, the bonds different characters have, the fantastic ship, the twisty revelations… This book just has it all.
Mel: Yes girl!! That pretty much sums up all of my feelings. It had me hooked from the very beginning – I cannot think of little Alex trying to free the lobsters without cracking a smile. 😉 OH and I loved the way this book dealt with schizophrenia. I don’t know how accurate it is for reasons but it’s definitely opened up my eyes. THIS BOOK CLENCHED ONTO MY HEART AND NEVER LET GO.
Celine: Haha yes! This book just makes me so happy, even though it’s also quite an emotional story. But can I just mention how much I LOVE the characters? Each and every one was just so full of life. I also loved the character arcs of all the different characters. Just. So much love.
Mel: RIGHT. The characters in this book were so fantastic (unreliable narrator for the win!) and ABSOLUTELY the highlight of this book. Man, they all radiated and I WANNA HUG THEM ALL AND OH MY GAWD I’M GETTING ALL EMOTIONAL NOW. Especially Miles. He’s a closed-off person and a bit of an asshat who thinks he doesn’t have friends when he actually has so many people around him who care so dearly about him – and that should totally make me want to shit bricks because of his not-so-likeable personality but ahhh I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE Miles. He is just really misunderstood and asdfghjkl; I want a Miles. Okay I’ll stop saying Miles now.
Miles Miles MILES
*clears throat* Miles is everything. I just want to hug him. He is just so wonderful and complex and oh my god. Also, THE FREAKING SHIP. I haven’t shipped something this hard in a long, long while. Everything about this was simply perfect. Two misunderstood people, both with their own problems, connecting and discovering that there actually are people who understand them/what they’re going through and ahhhhh just let me push those faces together… NOW KISS.
What do you mean, I’m invested?
Mel: Honestly… WHO ISN’T INVESTED IN THIS SHIP? Miles and Alex are so strangely perfect for each other and the slow burn? MY HEART ACHED SO HARD AND I WAS FANGIRLING NONSTOP OVER THESE TWO.
EXCUSE ME AS I GO TRY TO RECOLLECT MY FEELS. AGAIN.
Celine: WHAT EVEN ARE FEELINGS ANYMORE BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW.
I just can’t really find the right words to say how I felt about this book. I just want to stand there waving my arms, making strange sounds, gesturing at everyone to PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
Yes honestly there is not one word that can properly describe the feelings I have for this book or to describe this book’s brilliance. IT JUST IS.
Celine: This is gonna be the most useful review ever.
Sooo, clearly we have given up on coherency so I’m just going to stand here and just – read this because you know you want it!! It’s got everything one could possibly want. The characters, THE SHIP, the plot, the EVERYTHING.
Mel: YUS READ THIS BOOK FOR THE LOBSTERS, THE FUN, THE SAD, THE UGLY FEELS, THE AMAZING CHARACTERS AND SWOON WORTHY ROMANCE.
OMG can we talk about THAT TWIST? I CRIED SO HARD. I JUST. WTF BOOK DONT MESS WITH ME.
Celine: NO we CANNOT talk about that BECAUSE IT NEVER HAPPENED
Mel: OH RIGHT YEAH WHAT AM I EVEN TALKING ABOUT. LOOK AT ME, THIS BOOK HAS AFFECTED ME SO MUCH I’M MAKING UP RANDOM SHIT. #THEDENIALISREAL
~Thanks to Greenwillow Books for sending us the review copies!~
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