- Copertina rigida: 428 pagine
- Editore: Greenwillow (19 maggio 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 006229010X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062290106
- Peso di spedizione: 499 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 29.239 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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“Debut novelist Zappia presents readers with a wholly unreliable narrator, [but] the characters all seem authentic, thanks to Zappia’s careful attention to detail.” (Booklist)
“Alex is a funny, touching, determined, and smart character, and her story is complex and interesting. 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 while coping with mental illness.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“The storytelling texture here recalls Andrew Smith and Sean Beaudoin…There are moments of genuine tragedy redeemed by the acceptance Miles and Alex find in each other amidst all of their imperfections; if love doesn’t conquer all, it certainly makes the battles easier to bear. Readers…will enjoy this quirky trip.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Alex’s sardonic voice and the rapid, Heathers-like dialogue will hold readers’ interest.” (Publishers Weekly)
Francesca Zappia lives in central Indiana. When she is not writing, she’s drawing her characters, reading, or playing video games. She is also the author of Made You Up and Eliza Mirk’s favorite, The Children of Hypnos, a biweekly serial novel posted on Tumblr and Wattpad.
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Alex is an unreliable narrator and I absolutely loved that. Yes, it took a little bit to get used to the fact that you're never 100% sure if what Alex sees is really there, but I thought that made it all the more exciting to discover. This book is far from predictable, though I did see a few things coming. However, I was still surprised by some of the things and it was much more suspenseful than I was expecting. Both Alex and Miles aren't lovable in the beginning. Miles will surely rub you the wrong way in the beginning, you don't know why he's being so cold towards everyone, including Alex. Midway through though, we learn more about his story and at that point, you'll fall in love with him. I liked that there was no case of insta-love here, this was a very very slow building romance and that's exactly how I like it!
I'm a sucker for flawed characters and this is exactly what we find in "Made You Up." I felt like the dialogue between Miles and Alex was so hilarious and relatable. They are both witty teens, but it never felt like TOO much to me. This was a highly gorgeous book that's bound to stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading unique YA contemporary books.
Narrator Alex starts the story ten years earlier, with an adorable anecdote about wanting to set lobsters free from a supermarket tank. I smirked, thinking about many times my daughters said hello to the lobsters at such tanks. While there, she encounters a little boy with big blue eyes, but he disappears. Since the way Alex tells the story versus how her mother recalls it is very different, we’re left to question what is real. And that’s the way Alex lives her life.
She had to leave a school after her junior year for—without giving away too much detail—defacing school property to express her paranoia. The present-day part of the story takes place at the start of her senior year at another school. Due to her outsider status and her naturally ketchup red hair, she’s already an outcast as soon as she arrives. Or maybe that’s her own paranoia; she does “perimeter checks” to make sure there aren’t any shady characters out to get her, and she takes photos of people to verify later whether they were really there or not.
Because of the incident at her previous school, she’s required to perform community service, which takes the form of an after-school athletic support club, who is responsible for setting up the gym and/or fields for school sports practices and games. This group is led by valedictorian-to-be Miles Richter, who has quite the imposing reputation in school somewhat for his intelligence but more so for the mafia-like “jobs” he gets paid to do by students on other students.
The plot of the book occurs over the full span of senior year, and it contains with the usual things you’d expect to find in a high school. There’s a big, buff, bully guy. He’s dating the attractive popular girl that other boys lust for. There’s also a bitchy cheerleader not living up to her mother’s standards. There’s a battle—academically, socially, and romantically (as two corners in a well-drawn love triangle kind of thing)—between the top two kids in the class. Some of it’s predictable, but most of it isn’t. It was definitely enjoyable, but nothing really wowed me. And then there’s the school principal’s bizarre obsession with the gymnasium scoreboard, but I’ll save that for you to experience.
I don’t know if this book correctly portrays people with schizophrenia. I’m not a mental health specialist, and I only know what I know on the topic based on my own research and/or learning from other sources. Someone more versed on the subject—or experiencing the affliction—will have a better handle on the accuracy, kind of the same way I read books and watch TV shows and movies set in high schools that don’t portray teachers correctly. Or the way my father used to gripe at shows set in Boston about not being able to get from one location to another that quickly.
I can only judge Alex’s schizophrenia within the confines of the story. At times it felt like a real facet of a real character, but at other times, it felt more like a plot device. The titular thing/person that Alex made up didn’t come as much of a surprise to me as I think the author intended. Some of the others that were revealed were better hidden. But in those cases, it was more exciting to watch Alex discovering what was/wasn’t real than it was
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Alex as a narrator—she’s smart, sarcastic, sensitive, stubborn, and seriously wanting to do the right thing. The supporting cast is quirky and charming, and what I took most from this book isn’t a lesson about schizophrenia, but a lesson in human nature. We’re all battling with something (most of the characters in this book are), and we need to understand that about people when interacting with them. And if we truly care about those people, we need to support them.
Made You Up is an enjoyable read with a protagonist that’s worth supporting because she deals with her affliction with caution and bravery. I’m not making it up when I say it deserves FOUR STARS.
Ms Zappia should be quite proud and I look forward to reading more works by her in the future. I really think that she captured the almost free falling one has in high school - floating between adult and child. She juxtaposes that with experience of schizophrenia very smoothly and contrasts it with the horrors and madness lying underneath the veneers of "normalcy". She demonstrates the frustration and harshness doled out to those deemed "mentally ill " in our society. We aren't understanding enough of a spectrum of humanity.
I very much enjoyed the characters, was surprised in all the (I believe ) intended places, and felt for Alex quite deeply. There are many philosophical queries and some definitely humorous passages /situations. It's definitely worth a read or two and I am pleased to have stumbled upon a great work. I don't do in-depth or spoilers in my reviews, as I prefer to just give my overall opinion and leave the nit-picking to people far better suited than I. Besides, I hate when the plot is revealed in a review. Maybe that's just me. But, I think that you will like what Ms. Zappia Made You Up, so give it a try. :)
It seems lately I'm reading a lot of young adult books about mental illnesses. I feel horrible for anyone that has to go through any type of mental illness as I do myself. I feel really bad for the ones dealing with schizophrenia. This disease is so utterly devastating to the person and family.
One of the main characters in the book named Alexandra Ridgemont, Alex for short, has schizophrenia. I love her, she is a spitfire all on her own. She doesn't take a lot of crap off anyone. That is very endearing about her and she's funny too. She has a friend named Tucker that she works at a little restaurant with and they go to school together. She has this love/hate relationship with a boy named Miles that goes to the same school.
For now, no one knows that she has schizophrenia. She changed schools when she had an attack and it hasn't gotten around at her new school yet...
They say schizophrenia doesn't usually show up until your in your teens but Alex had hers when she was a young child, I think she was seven, and she actually had it with Miles. She thought he was just made up until she met him again years later. So they have this weird connection.
The book goes back and forth with these kids and some other characters in the book. They get in trouble, they go to class, they get in trouble, they have some decent times, and did I mention they get in trouble! They are funny and some of these characters in the book are really awesome to get to know and they love Alex and Miles, even though they know they are both not quite right. Miles has family issues and I told you about Alex.
It still amazes me how cruel kids can be when they find out things about people. I just think these types of kids need the crap beat out of them and put in reform school or something. That is just my opinion. I don't care if they have issues of their own, it's the job of the people at the school to watch for things and take care of it the right way.
So, in this book you will find evil kids and the kids that have things really wrong with them. You will find sexual abuse from cruel evil school officials as well. They don't go into any kind of detail about that but you figure out what they mean.
I still like how the author makes Alex out to be a strong girl even though she has to go through some tough things.
I loved this book a lot and I think Alex is really cool :) I would be her friend.