The Emoji Book Tag

I was tagged by Lizzy at My Little Book Blog to do the Emoji Book Tag. I don’t have an iPhone which means I don’t really have emojis, but I’m going to use some of my favorites and a few that I use on Twitter. Basically, you’re supposed to go through your phone and figure out your 5 most frequently used emojis and then match up a book to the emoji.

Kissy face emoji

I use this emoji on Twitter a bunch when I’m talking to bloggers or authors, but for me A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the most recent representation of this book because you just want ALL THE MAKE OUT SCENES.

Heart eyes emoji

I use the heart eyes emoji A LOT because I read a bunch of books that I just adore. The heart eyes emoji is just perfect when you fall in love with the characters in a book, like I did when I read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Simon and Blue are just so freaking adorable and I had heart eyes the whole time I was reading the book.

Unamused face emoji

I just finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and while I ended up liking it okay, I was just not over the moon with it. I think I was partly a victim of the hype monsters but I also didn’t connect with it as much as I was hoping. I had the unamused face during all the part that the book dragged.

Face Screaming in Fear emoji

This one is technically called the “Face Screaming in Fear Emoji” but I’m taking it to mean “Holy crap, I did NOT see that coming emoji”. The book that perfectly sums up that emoji for me is Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I was totally shocked by the development near the end of the book, and even though I knew something was going to happen, I didn’t know it was going to be THAT.

Airplane Emoji

I’m a wanderer, a traveler. I have a need to travel, and I feel restless when I don’t, so I feel like I’d use the airplane emoji a lot when I’m feeling the need to plan my next trip. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith perfectly matches to this emoji as the two main characters meet in an airport and then wind up next to each other on a flight across the ocean.

I’m tagging:

Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek
Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie
Shannon at It Starts at Midnight
Shelumiel at Bookish and Awesome
Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads

AND YOU!!

ARC Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up by Francesca ZappiaAuthor:  Francesca Zappia

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Illness

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: May 19, 2015

448 pages, Hardcover (326 ARC)

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

Shout out to the wonderful Little Shop of Stories for letting me take this ARC! Check them out if you’re ever in Decatur, GA!

Alex just wants to free the lobsters. When Alex was seven, she freed the lobsters at the supermarket with the help of a boy with blue eyes, who disappeared almost as quickly as he appeared. Her mother never mentioned him, and it was soon after that Alex found out she has paranoid schizophrenia. But when Alex is 17, she meets the boy again at school and he is definitely real. Right?

This book was brilliant, you guys. It’s the perfect kind of unreliable narrator – Alex has hallucinations and delusions and she never quite knows if what she is seeing is real, so how are we meant to? Alex takes pictures of her life to prove to herself later that what she saw was real and if it doesn’t disappear from the photo, it really was there. Alex is the heart of this story and she is fascinating. She deals with what life’s given her as best as she can, and she’s tough and sarcastic because of it. I think she felt even more real because she isn’t always likable. There were times I wanted to shake her and that made her so realistic. I have always been fascinated with the brain and mental illness, and I was totally absorbed in learning about Alex’s paranoid schizophrenia.

And then there’s Miles, the boy with the blue eyes. He’s got his own issues; he sells himself out to complete sometimes stupid and sometimes dangerous tasks for people at their high school. He’s a bit arrogant and a bit of a jerk sometimes, but he’s also vulnerable and it’s easy to fall a bit in love with him, but I appreciated the fact that the romance doesn’t take a front seat to Alex and her struggle with mental illness. Plus, he’s not exactly your typical love interest.

All of the characters in Made You Up felt fully fleshed, not just Alex and Miles – the principle who has a weird obsession with the school’s scoreboard, mean girl Celia whose mother seems to be forcing her to be that way, Miles’ friends and Alex’s little sister and parents. Zappia does an amazing job with her characters and none of them felt pointless or two-dimensional.

I won’t give it away, but OH MY GOODNESS, the twist! I was NOT expecting that. Zappia is definitely really good with misdirection, which is why her unreliable narrator is so freaking well-done. One thing that kind of bothered me was the end, which felt a little rushed, but it didn’t really change my feelings toward this book.

The bottom line: Made You Up is an addictive, compelling story that is both wonderfully written and absolutely fascinating. I could give you a whole bunch of other adjectives to describe how much I liked this book, or I could just say this: READ THIS NOW.

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic