*I received a free copy of Made for You from HarperCollins UK Children's via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Contemporary, racy thriller packed with chilling twists, unrequited obsession and high-stakes. From New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr.
Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.
While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends -
and themselves – alive. But the killer is obsessed and will stop at nothing to get to Eva…
Made for You is a chilling psychological thriller / murder mystery made all the more chilling because it’s YA, with young characters involved.
My Made for You review:
Made for You have so many things going for it! One is that it’s not that easy to find a psychological thriller in the young adult category that actually is a thrilling ride! And there are parents who are involved in their children’s lives – not all in equal parts, and some not so much in the beginning, but then they are working on it! There is a very creepy stalker with a God-complex, a best friend who is a very good friend, and the main character is smart and hard-working, and tries her best to be a good friend and a good student. After Eva is run over by a car and left for dead, she thinks it’s just a freak accident, but the reader knows this is not at all the case. And while I knew there was a stalker out there, narrating parts in first person perspective, it was very hard to figure out just who it was for a long time.
I really appreciated the friendship between Grace and Eva, especially when Eva didn’t feel up to having a lot of her friends visiting her at the hospital. Made for You managed to get that teenage all encompassing friends part down to pat, and while Eva was wishing for her parents, especially while she was in the hospital, once they did come back home she realized that their relationship was slowly shifting. Her mom was not a hands on mom at first, but she did want to change that, and she really did throughout the story.
The romance aspect was pretty light, and I have to admit I was suspicious of almost all of the boys who were a part of Eva’s circle, because it was quite obvious that a boy was behind Eva’s hit and run. And when more accidents happened, my mind was working overtime to try to figure out who was behind it all. Also, the paranormal aspect in Made for You was quite different from any other I’ve read, because after her accident, Eva could experience a person’s death when that person touched her skin. At first, she had no idea what was happening to her, because it was as if she was inside another person’s body, living that person’s last moments. As the story moved forward, it became even more important that Eva figure this new premonition out, so that she could save her friends, and quite possibly herself as well.
Marr managed to keep me guessing for well over half of Made for You, and even after she let me figure out who the culprit was, the tension was still tangible, and I was wondering until the very end how things would fold out. Written in present tense, mostly from Eva’s point of view, but some glimpses into the stalker’s psyche as well, I was mesmerized all the while I was reading.
Some of my favorite Made for You quotes:
Some friendships work because they have so much in common; we work because we have so many differences. We fill each other’s gaps. That shouldn’t have to stop just because some jerk hit me with his car.
Later, if she heeds the messages, we’ll have new pictures where we are close like we should be.
I feel a ripple of excitement at the though of our future. When we were kids, I didn’t appreciate what a gift she was. i see that now. No one understands me like she does. No one else can. Only Eva.
I don’t draw attention to myself, not academically or socially. Taking up with Nathaniel Bouchet would raise a lot of brows and lower a lot of voices.
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