Made You Up Hardcover – 19 May 2015
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“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)
From the Back Cover
"Let's play twenty questions."
"Okay. But I ask the questions this time."
"If I guess it before five, I'll be really disappointed."
The corners of his lips twisted up in a smile and he said, "Don't insult me."
"Are you alive?"
"Do you live here?"
"Do I know you?"
"Did I make you up?"
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- Item Weight : 498 g
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006229010X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062290106
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.48 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : Greenwillow Books (19 May 2015)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #406,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The way the ending part was done seemed very sudden. I understand that quote-unquote climaxes are supposed to be quick and sudden, but I feel like we weren't given much time to process all the, you know, "reality".
I guess I was expecting a little too much from this book. I wouldn't say that it's a bad read and no one should read it. Read it, but do not go in with very high expectations.
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Alex is a seventeen-year-old senior with paranoid schizophrenia in high school who has just arrived at a new school after being kicked out of her old school after having an “episode” where she spray painted the gym floor as a result of her delusions that the communists are out to get her. Alex now has a chance to make a fresh start where no one knows her history.
Alex’s symptoms have been present since she was seven, which in reality is extremely rare – but not impossible which results in her schizophrenia diagnosis. However, at the time this book was written (2015) the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental disorders (DSM-5) which was published in 2013 had dropped the paranoid classification as all schizophrenia has an aspect of paranoia.
The description of Alex’s symptoms seems to glamourise the impact that schizophrenia has on the person with the condition. A lot of focus is placed on the aspects of delusions and hallucinations but I believe it fails to describe the true impact that they would have on an individual. There is an issue where the author confuses delusions and hallucinations which is extremely disappointing.
I also felt that the two plot twists that occur are extremely unsettling. Her parents appear to be supportive of their daughter, however, due to their own issues they continue to perpetuate one of Alex’s hallucinations which would then make it more difficult for anyone to notice if her symptoms were increasing.
The second issue is Alex’s belief that there is something going on between the School Principal and the horrible cheerleader (which unfortunately turns out to be true) and I think would have been better served as an illustration of the impact of delusions on the individual’s reality.
It is fantastic that a book with a young adult protagonist is dealing with such an important mental health topic but I don’t feel that this book provides any kind of an accurate portrayal.
I am slowly trying to get to my own purchased books bit by bit and decided to choose this one.
Like a lot of clinical psychotic mental health illnesses it edges on hallucinations, paranoia, grandious ideas and more.
schizophrenia is of no exception and we see this in the main character.
It was interesting how the author wrote this book as it’s not as straight forward as I would have thought.
I didn’t know what was fact sometimes and what was her hallucinations, that kept me interested.
The love interest made it even more overwhelming and decidedly complicated with someone with such an illness.
Medication may keep the psychosis at bay, the break through may be short or horrendously inhibiting.
What a very good read once I got the angle of the way the author writes.
I read the book in a night, once finished I sat there and thought about the plot and realized despite knowing what happened, I wanted to read it all over again.
The fact that this book is written in first person makes it even more amazing, because it allows you to wonder if what is happening is actually real or not; it causes you to question literally everything.
I can't get over this book. Amazing. Definitely worth the read. You won't regret it.