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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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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. 😉

Librarygirl88 I ❤️Cold brew! 2mo
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!! 2mo
Librarygirl88 🚗 driving there now 😍 thank you I did not know this! Perfect hot summer day drink 2mo
laur89 @Librarygirl88 Always happy to spread coffee love! ❤️☕️ 2mo
Librarygirl88 Thanks ! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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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. 5mo
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 ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts The premise does sound good 👍🏻... I need the character development too though 5mo
ShyBookOwl Hmm... not sure if I'd be into it but I love the cover! 5mo
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.. 5mo
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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
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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! 13mo
Cinfhen I agree ☝🏾 13mo
Eggs Thank you 😊😍 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 13mo
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alecia3dixie
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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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Melwilk
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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! 1y
Andrew65 I do the same! 1y
KarenUK That‘s so pretty 😍 1y
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TrishB @Soubhiville @Andrew65 @KarenUK I knew you‘d understand 😁 1y
LaraReads Agreed. So pretty! 1y
Chazlyn What's it about? 1y
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. 1y
TrishB @Chazlyn it‘s about a teenager struggling with mental health issues. It‘s not very in depth and peters out a bit. 1y
TrishB @BookBoggart I liked Eliza too 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover 👍🏻 1y
Chazlyn @TrishB Ahhhhhhhhh! 1y
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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 😊 1y
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. 1y
tracey38 Sounds interesting. Love the cover. 1y
mab-solenne I really liked Challenger Deep so I think I'd like to read this too. 1y
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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! 🤞🏻 1y
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. 1y
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. 1y
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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 😝 1y
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 ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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. 1y
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 😊 1y
Purrfectpages @Yeah_I_Read what movies/tv series did you watch? I‘ve got a snow day so you never know! 1y
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. 1y
Purrfectpages @thereadingowlvina believe it or not, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a graphic novel! 1y
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 😁 1y
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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! 😍 1y
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silentrequiem
Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
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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! 2y
ghosthost Ooh! I see lots of Courtney Milan! I love her books. 2y
silentrequiem @ghosthost I'm going through the Brothers Sinister. They are so much fun! 2y
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. 2y
silentrequiem @ghosthost I loved Trade Me and the sequel. Diverse romance! 2y
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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!! 2y
TheWordJar Eliza has been on my TBR for awhile, and this book sounds good too! What a beautiful space you have there! 2y
abbsinwonderland Have you read Children of Hypnos by her on Wattpad? I haven't read all of it, but it's pretty good! 2y
silentrequiem @abbsinwonderland I have not! Guess I know what I'm doing on the plane this week! 2y
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silentrequiem
Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
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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? 2y
silentrequiem @SilversReviews It will be a pale great-blue once dry. Much better than bright red. 2y
SilversReviews @silentrequiem That will be pretty. 2y
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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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😂😂

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Christinak
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TheKidUpstairs Beautiful cover! 2y
TrishB Brought this book for the cover! 2y
suvata I‘ve been told it‘s a good book but I haven‘t gotten around to it yet. 2y
GondorGirl The book was really good. I'd highly recommend it. 2y
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starlight97
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Exciting story of Alex, a schizophrenic girl! 😊❤

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💕💕💕

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BookishBrooklyn
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This was honestly such an amazing read, the pacing was really addictive and Zappia definitely portrayed Alex‘s illness realistically. Full review can be found here on my blog: https://brooklynthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/book-review-made-you-up-by-... #booklover #bookworm #bibliophile #bookblogger #contemporary

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BookishBrooklyn
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This was honestly such an amazing read, the pacing was really addictive and Zappia definitely portrayed Alex‘s illness realistically. Full review can be found here on my blog: https://brooklynthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/book-review-made-you-up-by-... #booklover #bookworm #bibliophile #bookblogger #contemporary

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BookishBrooklyn
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This book is definitely really enjoyable so far, it all feels very natural, and the pacing is definitely quick, as I‘m about half way through it. I confess though, I hope it goes deeper into Alex‘s illness‘, because I feel like the scenes where Zappia has written about them so far, have been done really well and I think more would be great. #bookish #contemporary #booklover #bookblogger #FrancescaZappia #MadeYouUp

GondorGirl I think you'll be pleased with how the book progresses. I feel that Zappia does a great job with portraying that particular illness, as well as the believable way she ends the book. I'm looking forward to your thoughts once you finish the book. 2y
BookishBrooklyn @GondorGirl okay cool, I‘m pleased to hear. Thank you! 💕 2y
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brookerhi
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Day 19: #DNF Book (Evaluate Your Life Day) - Everyone seems to love Made You Up except for me. I couldn‘t get behind the characters. #bookishwackyholidays #octoberbookchallenge #didnotfinish

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MarzanaHossain
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4/5

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TrishB
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#coverlovers #awesomeautumnbooks
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Two of my fav covers. I brought Made You Up just because of the cover - it just kept calling me in the shop!

Cathythoughts I'm looking forward to Dovekeepers 😊 2y
Balibee146 Lovely. I remember wanting to get Made You Up when I was cutting through the local shopping centre but I didn't have my purse or cards. It's a real beauty... Now I want it again :-) 2y
KarenUK Love that cover for Made you up 😍💕 2y
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hermyknee I've read Francesca Zappia's other novel which also has a beautiful cover. She is an artist and I'm pretty sure she creates the cover art herself! 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts it's a wonderful book 💟 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 it's an amazing cover and I enjoyed the book too! @KarenUK 2y
TrishB @hermyknee I haven't read her other yet, though looked at a couple of times! Not sure it's my thing as yet. Did you like it? 2y
hermyknee @TrishB yes, I really enjoyed it! 2y
TrishB @hermyknee thanks - I will probably give it a go! 2y
readinginthedark Beautiful! 😍 2y
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Rabbitearsblog
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This book was awesome!!! I just loved most of the characters in this book and I loved the fact that this book explores schizophrenia and the characters represent this very well! My favorite character is probably Miles himself as he was an intriguing character in his own right!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

#book #instalove #bookphotography #bookphotosundays #bookhaul #librarybook #bookstagram #bookreview #youngadult

GondorGirl I adored this book! I especially liked how the ending was realistic, and not a fix-all. 2y
Rabbitearsblog @GondorGirl l loved the ending also! Such a realistic way to end the book! 2y
monkeygirlsmama The cover alone says I should read this. Stacked. 2y
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AnniesJournals
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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juliannebenford
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I spotted this on the pile of books at #picnicYA and it looked familar so I looked it up, and sure enough, it was on my Goodreads wishlist! I remember reading a review of it a couple of years ago and liking the sound of it but I can't remember what it said! #YA

BookBabe Love the watercolor cover! 😍 2y
juliannebenford @BookBabe It's lovely, isn't it? 2y
TrishB One of my fav covers. Enjoyed the book too. 2y
juliannebenford @TrishB I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! 2y
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ReadingRover Me too! I just finished listening to it about a week ago. I'd been waiting for it to come out on audiobook since it was released. It was so worth it. I loved it! 2y
Fallen-in-between-the-pages @ReadingRover are you gonna read her newest book?? I am now!! I'm so excited to read it! 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀 Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
ReadingRover @Fallen-in-between-the-pages Definitely! It looks really good too. 2y
Msmithbooks Hey! I'm pretty new to the blogging community and I'm trying to connect with other book bloggers ☺️ My blog is http://bibliobakes.blogspot.com/ and I'd love to follow you! 2y
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Aleksandramackenziee
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I loved this book! Zappias writing is so amazing and flows through so easily. The characters were relatable even when they were in a completely different situation as us all. This book brings light on illnesses and it was a very interesting and good read. 5/5 ⭐️

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Rachael5248
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[DELETED] 206653737 Great bookmark! 2y
Rachael5248 Thanks! It was a cheap b&n purchase. @bookish22 (edited) 2y
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Eryn2513
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I don't know much about schizophrenia, but since the narrator was always questioning of what she was seeing was real, I honestly didn't know up until the last page what was real and what wasn't. Sounds like it could be annoying, but really, it made for an intriguing read that I couldn't put down!

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My friends and family have always just said I "wasn't good at peopling." As in, I don't understand people and social situations well. Turns out it's a real thing. Go me!

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Eryn2513
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Reading a book about schizophrenia, to feel less crazy myself? Who does that? Also. Beautiful cover. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthday

EvieBee 🙋🏻 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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I loved this book. There wasn't a single thing that I would change. The characters were so moving and relatable. It was such a unique look at mental health issues and the effect they have especially in teens. This is a YA that everyone should read!

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VanChocStrawberry
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Working on hour 18! #24in48

JenaJenkins Okay - I read Christina instead of Christmas in that first sentence and thought this was an entirely different kind of book for a minute. 😳😂 2y
VanChocStrawberry @JenaJenkins 😂😂😂😂😂😂 2y
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ClarissaLeStrange
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Mehso-so

Read date : 071117

3.5 / 5 ?

"What you loved as a child, you will love forever."

- Miles Richter

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+Read it in one sitting. Fast paced book, a page turner. But, it's really giving me a headache! LOL! Confusing most of the time coz of Lexi! A bit redundant. But there was never a time that I feel bored. I savored every moments with Lexi and Miles! Characters are all well thought out. I absorbed everything! It was kinda sad too.

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