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.
We read Made you Up for book club, we tend to always lean toward books that are a little more dark and touch on sensitive issues. I was in love with the cover and so excited we picked this one up.
- I have kinda stood on a soapbox lately about the need for more awareness with mental illness and Made You Up definitely took a in depth view of schizophrenia.
- I cannot imagine how hard it would be to have your mind constantly fight against the truth. Alex would have to carry around a camera and take pictures when she thought something was amiss with her mind. She was in this spot with knowing that what she was seeing should not be real, but knowing that she was seeing it none-the-less.
- I really enjoyed Miles. I liked his hard shell and having to break through to get down to who he really is. His character arc was probably my favorite part of the book.
- I was kept guessing and didn't see the twists and turns. Some of the girls in my book club saw it coming, but I was completely blow away.
- There was like two story lines in the book and I felt like the one really took away from Alex. I have no idea why the the whole mystery really needed to be in the book. I felt like Alex's story was strong enough to stand on her own.
- Alex's parents kinda drove me nuts. I felt like they were not helping her, Alex knew who she was and what she was dealing with, but I think her parents still tried too hard to protect her.