Article Title

Made You Up


Aylea Stephens


Excellent, Young Adult, Francesca Zappia, Mental Illness, Teen Romance, Schizophrenia, Paranoia, Imagination, Family Problems

Document Type

Book Review


Alex can’t tell what is real and what is not. She suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia. She takes pictures of everything so later she can tell what is real and what isn’t and checks her food for poison. She was first diagnosed after an incident with a boy that everyone says didn’t really happen, but when she meets a boy that reminds her of him she keeps wondering how much is real and how much isn’t. What she wants is to be normal, but she doesn’t really know how to get there. Alex navigates her senior year of high school dealing with pranks, family drama, and conspiracies that she has no way of knowing if they are accurate. She has to learn how to be normal in a world where everyone expects her to be crazy.