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.
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.
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. @goodreads
First off I want to say I love the cover of this book. I think it's so beautiful.
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
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...
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.
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
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
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.