Made You Up By Francesca Zappia


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. BCCB says “the storytelling texture here recalls Andrew Smith and Sean Beaudoin. . . . Readers will enjoy this quirky trip.”

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Our Bookseller says:

“I love an unreliable narrator, and Alex is as unreliable as they come. Paranoid and schizophrenic, she struggles to separate reality from hallucination. The reader can’t help but get drawn in as she struggles to find her place in a new school. This novel is messy and beautiful and twisty and funny and tense and wonderful. You’ll chuckle and gasp and maybe even cry, but you won’t regret reading it!” – Christine

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, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college, wages a war against her schizophrenia. 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. VOYA says, “Fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and Matthew Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook will immerse themselves in this nuanced look at trying to live a ‘normal’ life.” Funny, thought-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.

Made You Up By Francesca Zappia