Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

“My first-ever friend was a hallucination: a sparkling entry on my new resume as a crazy Made You Upperson.

Alex was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was only seven years old, after an incident at the grocery store involving a boy and some lobsters. Ever since then, Alex is unsure of what is real and what is only happening in her imagination. She takes pictures to make sure what she sees is there, often times realizing it was all made up. When she is forced to transfer schools, she meets a boy from her past, but is he made up too?

Made You Up is about mental illness but does not solely focus on it. Alex has friends, has after school activities and even has a part-time job. The story is quirky and weird, and with an unreliable narrator, I could never tell what was real or made up, just like Alex.   This book was very enjoyable and unique – highly recommended to all fans of YA contemporary.

Made You Up is available through the NC Digital Library as an Ebook.

(Michelle Colbert, McGirt-Horton Branch Library)


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