Countless Make-Pretend Words

Countless Make-Pretend Words

Recently, I read a book about a girl who cannot distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. She stumbles through life with the knowledge that even a flower could just be a figment of her imagination. Maybe nothing is real, and everything is made up. That would explain why I have had so much trouble finding information about my author. Maybe the book is not real, the author does not exist, and I actually have not laid a finger on the paper pages occupied by countless make-pretend words. Maybe Made You Up by Francesca Zappia was never lying in the bottom of my black backpack. Francesca lives in Indiana and reads, writes, draws, and plays video games. She sounds like most of my friends. Maybe I am crazy, and even this article is a dream.

Due to the lack of public information about Francesca Zappia, I am limited to only one biographical paragraph. Thankfully, I managed to find a few details. Zappia attends the University of Indianapolis, and she majors in computer science and minors in mathematics. Influenced by J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Robin Mckinley, she has written three books in the genre of young adult, fantasy, and science fiction. At the Indiana Author Awards, Francesca was awarded as the 2017 Emerging Author. Two random facts: Francesca, whose nickname is Chessie, is also a whopping six foot one.

Regarding Made You Up, Alex, a girl with lobster red hair, was diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia and paranoia with medication, in her early childhood. However, she still has hallucinations. Before medication, her toys talked, she saw bright colors, and everything seemed amazing. Now, life is gray and less interesting. Her mom never believes what Alex thinks she sees or hears, and Alex feels her mom wishes to send her to an asylum. Alex is close to her dad, who loves and wants the best for her. She also has a younger sister, Charlie. They love each other and always help and comfort one another. When Alex feels everyone is against her, she goes to Charlie.

Furthermore, when Alex was young, she met a blue eyed, golden freckled boy in a grocery store, where they tried to free lobsters. Alex’s mom said this never happened, but years later, Alex meets Miles, a blue eyed, golden freckled teen, in school. She knew it was him but was afraid he was a hallucination. Together, they learn secrets about their school that point to their principal and a dark theory of abuse toward another student, Celia.

Something I like about Made You Up is that this book is spreading awareness of schizophrenia, and it shows in detail what it is like to have mental illness. It taught me an eye-opening lesson, to become more accepting and empathetic towards others. I should not judge anyone. No matter who a person is, I should treat them with respect. Miles became part of Alex’s life without pity, fear, or hesitation. He loved her for her. I would like to do the same for others.

However, I did not like the ending. In my opinion, the author rushed too many things towards the end. It made it confusing and unrealistic. All at the same time, many things took place such as people dying, graduation, abuse, investigations, and mental health issues. Because of this, Made You Up should be read by a mature audience.

Made You Up entertained me with thrilling scenes, mystery, drama, and romance. The book was engrossing and pulled me into Alex’s fantasy. Nevertheless if you like clean endings, this is not a book for you. However, as I wrote before, this could be a fake book occupied by countless make-pretend words written by a non-existent author.

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