Author: Francesca Zappia
First Published: May 19th 2015
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: eBook
My Rating: 9.5/10
This book has been on my TBR for quite some time. A friend recommended it to me, and I just never really got round to reading it - until now. And I have to say, it is an amazing book.
Alex has paranoid schizophrenia, and she can't tell reality from hallucination apart. Her hallucinations are getting worse, even with the help of medicine. Joining her new school, she runs into Miles, the boy she met a long, long time ago. The boy she calls Blue Eyes.
The relationship between Miles and Alex is well planned. They don't get along at all in the beginning, with Alex thinking Miles is a jerk, but throughout the book, they slowly become friends and finally - fall in love. YES! The chemistry between them... woah! I ship the two of them so much.
I don't think that Alex's mother is supportive. She is always quick to jump to conclusions and blames anything out of the ordinary on Alex's schizophrenia. Her dad is more supportive, although we don't see much of him in the book. *Spoiler alert* I think the saddest part of the book was finding out that Charlie was in fact a hallucination the whole time. The real Charlie died 4 years ago. And her parents continued to allow Alex to live in the fantasy world where Charlie was still alive. But I can see where they are coming from: telling Alex the truth will cause her a lot of shock and may worsen her schizophrenia. *Spoiler over*
Miles is my favourite character in this book. His backstory is so sad and it gives us a lot of insight as to why he acts the way he does. He isn't the bad boy of the school; he's the valedictorian (but he can be classified as the 'jerk'). We finally find out what happened to him years ago to him and his mom. Poor Miles!
The ending was perfect. It wasn't too dragged out, wasn't too short. I'm glad Alex got a (somewhat) happy ending and Miles as well. Everyone got what they deserved, thankfully.
I'm so pleased with this book and I'm glad I finally chose to read it. I think Francesca Zappia captured Alex as a character very well. I would definitely recommend it for everyone!
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