Book Review - Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up is a story about a young girl, Alex, who struggles with schizophrenia. She starts at a new school after causing trouble at her old one. Then she meets Miles, and she starts to get the feeling she has met him before... In a memory that she has always told herself was a delusion.

I have to admit it wasn’t the intriguing story that made me by this book... it was the beautiful cover art. This has to be one of the most gorgeous books I own, I mean, look at that blue!? To be honest with you guys, I didn’t even know what the book was about until I actually picked it up to read it. Even then I had to Google search it as the inside cover didn’t tell me much about the actual story.

I’ve read many books that contain protagonists with mental health issues, but never one with schizophrenia so I didn’t really know what to expect from it. I knew that I didn’t want Alex’s schizophrenia to get the better of her, and I was so relieved with how much I adored her character. She was feisty, determined and optimistic, often making her schizophrenia funny to the readers. She never let her mental health get her down, which made her a very likable and inspirational character.

I feel like I must also mention Miles, the ‘bad boy’ love interest of this story. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was a great character, but I never really understood him. Perhaps he was meant to never be understood and constantly be a mystery, but I felt rather disconnected from him and I wish there was something that made me care about him more. I only ever cared about Alex, and I cannot decide if that’s a good or bad thing.

The story started off relatively normal, but in the second half of the novel it started to get very, very weird. I’m talking psychopathic head teachers and snakes living in the ceiling weird. Not forgetting the MASSIVE heart breaking plot twist at the end, which I am definitely still not over. It all got a bit messy and there was too much going on for my brain to handle in such a short space of time that I found myself repeating “wait, what just happened?” several times. This factor certainly didn’t take away any enjoyment from reading this book, there was just a lot of plot twists!

3.5/5

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