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Made You Up
Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to besometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story of Alex, a high school seniorand the ultimate unreliable narratorunable to tell the difference between real life and delusion.Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, 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. She's pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She's not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?
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starlight97
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#CuriousCovers day 21 — Water
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! How are you Veronika? ❤️ 2y
TrishB I love this cover ♥️ 2y
Eggs Loved this book❤️. Beautiful photo 💙☔️💜 2y
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starlight97 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks good thanks, I'm having some paid time off after a whole year! 🥳 2y
starlight97 @TrishB @Eggs thank you 💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @starlight97 yay!! You deserve it!! ❤️ 2y
starlight97 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I feel like that too 🙄😁 2y
MayJasper Your picture is so good. Congrats 😊 2y
starlight97 @MayJasper not my photo but thank you 😄😊 2y
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Whalien99
Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
Mehso-so

Made a impression on me when i was a tween 4 stars

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vivi_lee
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Este libro fue una verdadera sorpresa leerlo, es la historia de Alex y su vida con esquizofrenia, como intenta ser normal en un mundo lleno de prejuicios, muestra una realidad diferente, de como es esforzarse para querer adaptarse pero no lo logra.

Lo que más me impresiono fue descubrir que es realidad y que no. Mientras vas leyendo vas dudando la realidad y las alucinaciones, por lo que te crea un ambiente de insertidumbre que disfrutas leer.

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vivi_lee
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¿Será que me hará cuestionar rn algunas cosas?🤔

Me parece interesante el tema que trata, esperemos que resulte ser un buen libro 😊✌️

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monkeygirlsmama
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⭐ ❤ ⭐ 💙 ⭐ 💚 ⭐ 💜 ⭐

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monkeygirlsmama
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“I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money... Indulging. But when Christmas finally comes and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach and you're lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world...“

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monkeygirlsmama
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Ha! So true. 😂

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monkeygirlsmama
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“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)“

💝 👏 😏

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BookDragonNotWorm
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This was an interesting book. A teenage girl with schizophrenia deals with her illness while also trying to lead a somewhat normal life in high school, if there is such a thing. Her issues with determining what was real and what was part of her psychosis leant itself well to the plot. It was an interesting portrayal of mental illness and ultimately I really enjoyed it.

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ilyssa.g
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Mehso-so

Finished this yesterday! I think it was entertaining. However, I did not find the portrayal of schizophrenia to be realistic. The portrayal of schizophrenia was stereotypical. I did not enjoy any particular character. I also did not find the book to be unique. The dramatic scenes were especially cliched. I had heard many great reviews about it from my friends and family, but I did not enjoy it much.

TrishB I only brought this one for the cover! 2y
Nute The book cover art is lovely! 2y
ilyssa.g @TrishB It does have a beautiful cover! 2y
ilyssa.g @Nute I love the cover too! 2y
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MaggieCarr
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Not my favorite Francesa Zappia book but was still good. You definetly never know what people are dealing with and why they are the way they are or do the things they do. I don't know enough about Schizophrenia to know if the details are accurately depicted but I would hope that readers wouldn't look to fiction for answers to any sort of mental illness.

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madams421
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This book is so comforting right now. And by an Indiana author! I‘m loving the high school drama, mental health discoveries, and true friendship in these pages. What‘s your favorite read related to mental health?

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I like this cover but the book not so much.
#YAApril #covercrush

MaleficentBookDragon It is a great cover. 3y
KathyWheeler That is a fantastic cover! 3y
megnews I love the watercolors. Too bad the book‘s not as great as the cover. 3y
TrishB The book doesn‘t match the cover but the cover is one of my faves ♥️ 3y
JazzFeathers The cover is incredible. I hate it when books have gorgeous cover and not so good stories. 3y
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SamaraBear
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4 1/2 stars out of 5. Amazing. The ultimate unreliable narrator. It had me pretty anxious throughout the whole book and it was quite a ride. You never know what is real and it gave me really intense feelings. Even after I finished the book, I had to sit and cry for a while.

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Lauranahe
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Overall, I liked the book. My biggest problem was toward the end, when Alex sneaks out of the hospital. It threw the whole book off, as I was sitting there thinking “doesn‘t she have an IV in? She‘s in a hospital, she has an IV. You can‘t just take those out, it makes a mess, and the machines start beeping and the nurses have alarms!” Besides that, it was pretty good, though heartbreaking at times.

TrishB Good point 👍🏻 I enjoyed this book (though sad!) and it‘s one of my fave covers ever. 3y
Lauranahe The cover is gorgeous! 3y
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chlolovesbooks
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Avanders
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
Day 4.
Post a pic of a book cover you love for 7 days. No explanations.

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starlight97
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Day 1 of #7days7covers — post your favorite covers every day for seven days without explanations. Thank you so much for the tag @IvoryLunatic !
@oOArankaOo wanna do this? 😊

#covercrush

Megabooks Great cover! 3y
starlight97 @Megabooks 😊📘💕 3y
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zaras19
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i loved it 10/10 🤩

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TrishB
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Day 2 #7days7covers #covercrush
Totally brought this one for the cover.

Leftcoastzen That‘s nice. 3y
LeahBergen Very nice. 👌🏼 3y
Kalalalatja Completely understandable 🙌 3y
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Amiable Love the watercolor effect! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Great cover but I didn‘t like the book. 🤷‍♀️ 3y
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm it wasn‘t one of my faves but I thought it was ok. 3y
Cathythoughts Love this one ♥️💕💙 3y
Caroline2 That is a great cover!!! 👍 3y
CarolynM I would have too, it's beautiful. 3y
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suvata
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added December 17, 2015.

Excellent young adult book about a girl struggling with schizophrenia. It touches some really tough issues but it does it in a very gentle way.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Brilliant book and mental health representation was 👌🏻 5/5

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laur89
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YA romance with an odd, twisted mystery. It felt like a John Green to me, which is probably why I enjoyed it. Yes, it does touch on schizophrenia, but I wouldn‘t say that was the main focus of this book, so it shouldn‘t be the reason someone reads it.

The pacing was worthy of a one-sit read, & there were a lot of humorous quips and quirks, but there were some heart-breaking plot twists and moments of 😳😮🤭😢. 4.5⭐️

✅ Letter Z #LitsyAtoZ

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laur89
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🦞♟ Really enjoying this so far!! It does touch on a serious topic, but the book is humorous and light-hearted so far. The main character is full of personality and quirks, and loves Yoo-Hoo, which to me is always a good sign!

I didn‘t have a Yoo-Hoo, so I settled for a Cold Brew. 😉

Librarygal08 I ❤️Cold brew! 4y
laur89 @Librarygirl88 Especially on a hot summer day! If you have a Trader Joe‘s around you, or if you ever pass one, stop in - their cans of it are under $1!! 4y
Librarygal08 🚗 driving there now 😍 thank you I did not know this! Perfect hot summer day drink 4y
laur89 @Librarygirl88 Always happy to spread coffee love! ❤️☕️ 4y
Librarygal08 Thanks ! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

The story has a good premise and much potential. A teenager with schizophrenia makes a good unreliable narrator. However, I find character development is almost non existent. I‘ll like to read more of the protagonist‘s relationship with her parents. The portrayal of the mental illness seems not shown enough depth. The romance part was cute, the mystery was a bit ridiculous and the plot twist was no surprise. 👇 (cont.)

erzascarletbookgasm I liked the ending, which leaves much to interpretation. Perhaps I‘m not the target audience? Interesting though. 4y
TrishB I thought it was ok too and think it appeals more to teenagers (my daughter liked it). Seriously though, I only brought for the cover ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts The premise does sound good 👍🏻... I need the character development too though 4y
ShyBookOwl Hmm... not sure if I'd be into it but I love the cover! 4y
Kalalalatja That‘s a bummer. I was excited for a YA book with a MC with schziophrenia, but if the rest of the book is meh, then it is no good.. 4y
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BillBlume
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Saw someone else share a screen capture of their first Litsy post. Got me curious about mine, so I scrolled a long way until I reached it: a review post of Made You Up by Francesca Zappia from 2016. I was partly motivated to read this because I was also writing a book with a main character who has schizophrenia. That manuscript ended up one of three finalists in a best unpublished novel contest. What was your first @Litsy post? #MyFirstLitsyPost

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GirlMeetsBook
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So, true story, like all romance books make me happy cry because I just love when people talk lovingly to each other. 🤷🏽‍♀️ but this one is probably my favorite. ❤️ #Day10 #30DayBookChallenge

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Avis
Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
Mehso-so

Overall, I loved it. The biggest issue was the beginning, where it dragged on for a while. Once it picked up, I was blown away. Reading about a character with schizophrenia was very interesting, but when I read other reviews, it seems that the mental illness wasn‘t well portrayed. *SMALL SPOILER* I loved that the little chapter photos revealed something 🤐🤫

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Eggs
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BarbaraBB Great picture! 5y
Cinfhen I agree ☝🏾 5y
Eggs Thank you 😊😍 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 5y
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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

Definitely a slow book. Took me a while to get into and threw the whole thing. The ending I thought was a little confusing. I'm not one to like love stories, but I did really love Miles and her loves story. How cute! There is a huge twist that makes your eyes well up. And it is very interesting to read about the schizophrenia aspect. To see the world threw her eyes, over all a good book.

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elyseh
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I loved this book!

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MonthlyBookClub
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It was a really good book! I have mixed feeling about it though. Whose read it?!?!

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Melkyl
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Mehso-so

I hovered between a so-so and a pan for this book. I can imagine that my young teenage students would love this book. As an almost 50 year old woman, I didn‘t. It was a quick read, but I did not find it well-written. The story line regarding the principal struck me as ridiculous. I did like the friendships represented and how the friends supported and accepted one another.

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TrishB
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#coolcover #readingresolutions
Brought this simply because of its cover 😁 book was ok, cover is still lovely.

Soubhiville I love the cover! That‘s a perfectly legitimate reason! 5y
Andrew65 I do the same! 5y
KarenUK That‘s so pretty 😍 5y
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TrishB @Soubhiville @Andrew65 @KarenUK I knew you‘d understand 😁 5y
LaraReads Agreed. So pretty! 5y
Chazlyn What's it about? 5y
BookBoggart I'm reading Eliza and her Monsters by the same author. It's soooo good, much better than this one. I havent finished it yet, but it has FanGirl vibes with more in depth anxiety issues. 5y
TrishB @Chazlyn it‘s about a teenager struggling with mental health issues. It‘s not very in depth and peters out a bit. 5y
TrishB @BookBoggart I liked Eliza too 👍🏻 5y
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover 👍🏻 5y
Chazlyn @TrishB Ahhhhhhhhh! 5y
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hes7
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Alex has paranoid schizophrenia, and as she gets used to life in her new high school, she must constantly question what‘s real and what‘s not. The plot of her story, especially at the end, felt a little far-fetched, but overall, I really enjoyed the friendships, romance, and bits of normalcy Alex finds.

corycatelyn I really enjoyed this book. Her other one Eliza and her monsters is really good as well 😊 5y
IheartYA It's been on my good reads TBR. I'm hesitant to read it because my mom is para schizo and it may be too real for me. 5y
tracey38 Sounds interesting. Love the cover. 5y
mab-solenne I really liked Challenger Deep so I think I'd like to read this too. 5y
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BookBoggart
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Really enjoying this one thus far. I've seen and read a lot of controversy on it. To be honest I see it more as a YA contemporary/romance with a background of mental illness. For me the schizophrenia isn't all encompassing. I mean it may be inaccurate, but it isn't my main focus with this story. We shall see how it plays out!#muchlove #controversialbooks #sofarsogood

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Purrfectpages
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews on this book. Unfortunately I‘m one of the people who weren‘t impressed. At first this seems like it‘s going to be a story about living with mental illness, but you quickly realize it‘s a love story disguised as a story about mental illness. I don‘t know anyone who suffers from schizophrenia personally, but I can‘t imagine this was all that realistic a depiction. Rather, it‘s a convenient one. I do like this quote though.

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Purrfectpages
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Lately I‘ve been reading more misses than hits. I don‘t know if it‘s the books, me, or a combo of both. I have had fun participating in #litsyatoz, but because I‘ve been doing mostly that, I haven‘t been reading books I might choose next otherwise. Then again, I haven‘t been feeling well and that‘s makes me preoccupied, too. Now I‘m a little over halfway through this book, so I feel I have to see it through. Sigh. End rant. Can anyone relate?

monalyisha I have a hard time quitting books, too! What if it gets better & you miss it?! 😅 I like doing challenges/book clubs, but I find I‘ve also gotta give myself some freedom every month. Good luck! 🤞🏻 5y
AWahle Definitely! But don't let how far you've gotten in the book make you finish it if you aren't feeling it. There are too many books out there to spend time with ones that are bad fits. 5y
Kaye I don‘t waste time on bad books, or books that may be good, but not of interest to me. There have got to be millions more out there left to read . I have no problem with chucking a book and moving on . I don‘t like restricted or required reading . I like the freedom to pick what I want as the mood is right. 5y
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Purrfectpages @monalyisha @AWahle @kaye I have gotten much better about bailing, but this book is for my letter z part of the challenge and there aren‘t that many out there. #firstworldreadingproblems 😝 5y
Yeah_I_Read I have been going through a hardcore reading slump this month 😫😫 I feel your pain. The silver lining for me though is that I watched two really good movies and a tv series; I also realized that one of my fav musicians came out with a new cd that I have now listened to several times. You‘ll get through it ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
mrozzz Do you read other books simultaneously? I like to read several at a time so that even if I hit a wall with a book I actually like I can pick up something else to get a different voice & pacing. 5y
thereadingowlvina I usually pick up some good graphic novels to help me get through my reading slump. I mean I still want to read, just not novels. So something light and entertaining with colourful illustrations helps 😊 5y
Purrfectpages @Yeah_I_Read what movies/tv series did you watch? I‘ve got a snow day so you never know! 5y
Purrfectpages @mrozzz I‘ve always been a one book at a time sort of gal. Partly because of having the time, partly bc of needing to focus. I also teach so I‘m juggling whatever we are reading in class, too. 5y
Purrfectpages @thereadingowlvina believe it or not, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a graphic novel! 5y
thereadingowlvina @Purrfectpages Maybe you can give it a try and see if it helps you in your reading slump 😁 You might even enjoy it. I was suprised that I did and I still like reading them once a while 😁 5y
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Purrfectpages
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Trying this one on for size for #litsyatoz #letterz Added bonus? The gorgeous cover!

PenguinInFlight That is a beautiful cover! 😍 5y
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silentrequiem
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My January reads. 13 completed.
5 audiobooks
4 ARCs
2 graphic novels

The tagged book was my favorite of the month by far!

TrishB I enjoyed that book too! Although initially I brought it for the cover! 5y
ghosthost Ooh! I see lots of Courtney Milan! I love her books. 5y
silentrequiem @ghosthost I'm going through the Brothers Sinister. They are so much fun! 5y
ghosthost @silentrequiem That‘s where I started. If I recall correctly, my favorite was the fourth book. I don‘t typically read contemporary romance, but I was thinking of trying Trade Me next. 5y
silentrequiem @ghosthost I loved Trade Me and the sequel. Diverse romance! 5y
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FinchandViolet
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I loved this book. The plot was a bit confusing but it was better once more was revealed. I have never had schizophrenia but I feel this book was good representation for this disease. I loved it❤

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silentrequiem
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A really engaging book about a girl who has paranoid schizophrenia, trying to navigate a new high school. I really enjoyed it, and finished listening to it while painting the master bedroom of my new house.

I loved ELIZA AN HER MONSTERS, and really look forward to whatever else Zappia publishes.

Avanders I remember when I first saw the cover and had to have it.. then I read the back and really had to have it. I do have it but it languishes on the shelves like so many books I just had to have. 😁 Glad to hear it's really good... will have to read it soooon!! 5y
TheWordJar Eliza has been on my TBR for awhile, and this book sounds good too! What a beautiful space you have there! 5y
abbsinwonderland Have you read Children of Hypnos by her on Wattpad? I haven't read all of it, but it's pretty good! 5y
silentrequiem @abbsinwonderland I have not! Guess I know what I'm doing on the plane this week! 5y
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silentrequiem
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Audiobooking while painting my new house (!!!). The red in the master bedroom is going to be gone after today!

SilversReviews Have fun...is it going to be white or is that a primer? 5y
silentrequiem @SilversReviews It will be a pale great-blue once dry. Much better than bright red. 5y
SilversReviews @silentrequiem That will be pretty. 5y
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Cityofamber
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I really enjoyed this book! :)

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Crewgurl
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This book is a little whacky and tackles a very difficult subject (mental illness). The author managed to create some lovable characters, but the plot could have used a little help.

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starlight97
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Alex is a schizophrenic teenager who has to constantly fight with her paranoia and distinguishing her hallucinations from reality. I just love books with a medical side! Although the romance was a bit too much for me.
★★★★☆

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starlight97
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😂😂

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Christinak
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TheKidUpstairs Beautiful cover! 5y
TrishB Brought this book for the cover! 5y
suvata I‘ve been told it‘s a good book but I haven‘t gotten around to it yet. 5y
GondorGirl The book was really good. I'd highly recommend it. 5y
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starlight97
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Exciting story of Alex, a schizophrenic girl! 😊❤