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The Resource Made you up, by Francesca Zappia

Made you up, by Francesca Zappia

Label
Made you up
Title
Made you up
Statement of responsibility
by Francesca Zappia
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Armed with her camera and 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
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Character
Review
  • Grades 9-12 What is real? Is there a python hanging from the ceiling tile at Alex’s new school? Did the principal announce a special ceremony where students are to bring offerings to the scoreboard in the gym? Alex is understandably confused. Due to her schizophrenia, she often sees and hears things that are not there—and now she is starting at a new school. Perhaps her new friends, all members of the “detention club,” can help Alex separate real from hallucinatory. Debut novelist Zappia presents readers with a wholly unreliable narrator in Alex, leaving them to wonder if anything she sees is real. The characters, though, even the possibly nonexistent ones, all seem authentic, thanks to Zappia’s careful attention to detail. Even Alex’s fellow detention dwellers are fully fleshed, a good thing given the wild story that twists and turns along to Alex’s serious illness. What exactly is happening? Readers will ask themselves that question all the way to the end of the novel. -- Lesesne, Teri (Reviewed 04-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 15, p67)
  • Gr 9 Up — Alex is starting her senior year at a new high school, making a clean start after an incident at her previous school. She just wants to keep her grades up and perform her mandatory community service so she can get into college. But Alex knows she'll have a hard time achieving these goals, since she has paranoid schizophrenia. She keeps her illness to herself, hoping that between her doctor, her medication, and her own homegrown coping strategies, no one else need ever know. But on her first day at her new school, she meets a boy who looks exactly like someone she hallucinated on the day her illness first manifested 10 years earlier. And although Miles is not entirely friendly, he may be the only person who understands her. This is a wonderfully complicated book. Adolescence can be absurd, breathless, and frantic on its own. Combine it with mental illness, and things get out of control very quickly. Zappia sets a fast pace that she maintains throughout. Readers will be kept on their toes with quick-witted dialogue, pop culture references, and some odd but accurate word choices, as well as plot twists and big reveals (which may inspire some to reread and see where hints were dropped). While Alex may be unreliable, she is sympathetic from the start. Miles, however, is somehow more complicated than Alex and will almost certainly make readers question their responses to him. VERDICT Zappia tackles some big issues in her debut, creating a messy, hopeful, even joyful book.—Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT --Geri Diorio (Reviewed March 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 3, p164)
  • Nothing is what it seems in Zappia’s debut novel. Diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic at age 14, Alexandra Ridgemont, a senior entering a new high school after an infamous graffiti episode, meets Miles, a boy she believes she conjured in childhood. Her uncertainty and the pressures of a new school create an unraveling of the barriers between imagination and reality. Told from Alex’s perspective, Zappia’s story submerges readers into a world where they, too, are left unsure of what to trust. As the stakes get higher for Alex—with obstacles that include a principal who fanatically worships a scoreboard, a fellow student buckling under family pressure, and her mother’s threats of hospitalizing her—the truth continues to blur. Despite support from Miles, who comes to her aid even as he struggles with an abusive father and alexithymia, Alex must push past increasingly frightening hallucinations to uncover a surprising secret. Though some of the novel’s big revelations are easily guessed and loose ends left dangling, Alex’s sardonic voice and the rapid, Heathers -like dialogue will hold readers’ interest. Ages 14–up. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 30, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 13, p)
  • After her expulsion from private school for an act of mental-illness-induced vandalism, Alex, 17, begins her senior year at an Indiana public school with trepidation. Bright and determined to get to college, Alex counts on meds to control her paranoid schizophrenia even if they can't entirely eliminate the hallucinations that have plagued her for a decade; she relies on her part-time table-waiting job to help keep her occupied. Long before they know her history, bullies at her new school target Alex, but she's got allies, too—notably Tucker, a classmate and co-worker, as well as the small community of students at school who, like her, must compensate for past misdeeds by doing community service. They sell tickets and snacks, set up seating and provide support for school sporting events. Alex and the group's charismatic but troubled, possibly autistic leader, Miles, share a mutual attraction that might date back to their strange encounter in a supermarket years earlier, when Alex decided to set a tankful of lobsters free. This debut's talented author creates interesting characters and a suspenseful plot to draw readers in, but eventually the narrative loses traction and, ultimately, its raison d'Ãatre in a nihilistic denouement likely to leave readers feeling manipulated if not just plain cheated. Also troubling is the reliance on toxic stereotypes of mental illness to generate suspense. An intriguing but ultimately misbegotten project. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10415981
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zappia, Francesca
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Families
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental illness
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Made you up, by Francesca Zappia
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Formerly CIP.
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000053947611
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 427 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780062290106
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014045003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898273646
Label
Made you up, by Francesca Zappia
Publication
Copyright
Note
Formerly CIP.
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000053947611
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 427 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780062290106
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014045003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898273646

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