Author: Francesca Zappia
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
In what seems to be a growing trend, Made You Up is the story of Alex, a high school senior who just wants to have a normal life (and, apparently, meet the boy of her dreams). She hates having to take pictures of everything she sees, trying to distinguish make believe from reality. She hates having to do her perimeter checks, and she hates having to rely on her Magic 8 ball that is nothing but a tease.
Alex is charming, and most of us can relate to feeling out of place in high school. Granted, not all of us suffer from paranoid schizophrenia the way Alex does. If you can get past the fact that Made You Up is, at its core, just another YA romance story, and the fact that the plot is definitely a stretch on reality – the python, Miles’s jobs, their history and original meet cute, the odd principle and his creepy crush… if you can get past all of that, then Made You Up is a cute, heart warming story (but it is a lot to look past).
I do think Zappia could have made this novel more of a gem if she had focused more on Alex’s parents and her family relationships instead of her relationship/friendship with Miles. I would have even been more satisfied with more exploration into the relationship/friendship with Tucker and a little less Miles, even if Miles is a well developed character in himself.
The one true thing Zappia does is she writes a story about a girl who has paranoid schizophrenia, but she doesn’t let the disorder run the plot. The story is about Alex, and her struggle to find true happiness in a world of grey, and not just about her disorder.