BOOK REPORT for Made For You by Melissa Marr

Cover Story: Entomologist Engagement

BFF Charm: Meh

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

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Talky Talk: Southern Gentility and Psychopathy

Bonus Factor: Second Sight

Anti-Bonus Factor: Shaming

Relationship Status: Leave the Lights On

 Made for You

Cover Story: Entomologist Engagement

Although the bug on the cover is very pretty, if I were to open a velvet jewelry box to find a large bug inside, I’d probably drop it in fright. (I’m not afraid of large bugs, not really...but they do creep me out.)

The Deal:

Eva lives a charmed life. As a daughter of one of her small town’s most prestigious families, she wants for nothing—particularly the adoration of those teenagers who have similarly upper-class family situations. But someone in her town isn’t as doting on Eva, and that’s made evident when she’s almost killed in a hit-and-run.

Thanks to her accident, Eva suffers from a brain injury. So, when she starts seeing the deaths of people around her, she thinks it’s hallucinations. But soon, Eva begins to realize that what she’s seeing might be the key to finding out who has it out for her. Before it’s too late.

BFF Charm: Meh

Although Eva “isn’t like” all of the other rich kids in her town—at least, that’s what she tells herself, frequently—she’s still a bit of a spoiled, self-centered brat. She gets better by the end of the book, thanks in part to her visions, which help her to see that she’s not the only one affected by her actions (and the actions of her stalker). Additionally, the fact that she was born into a life of privilege isn’t her fault. Regardless, I don’t see Eva ever really wanting to be friends with true outsiders, only ones that fit into her life in the way she wants. If we went to go to the same school, we’d probably know each others’ names, but I doubt we’d ever hang out as friends.

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

As part of keeping up appearances, Eva dates a boy that her parents approve of. He’s from the same social status as her, and on a superficial level, they make a perfect match. For a while, Eva’s willing to stay with him, even though she doesn’t really love him, love him. When an old friend comes back into the picture, however, Eva can’t deny her feelings—or lack thereof—any longer.

Talky Talk: Southern Gentility and Psychopathy

Eva is a proper, young Southern girl. But the other main POV we hear from in Made For You is a deluded, psychotic serial killer with a super icky need for sexual gratification. Melissa Marr switches between the two with ease—and I mean that as a compliment rather than an indictment of her personality. The two POVs are very different, and yet they fit nicely into the same story. Hearing from the stalker before you figure out who he is in relation to Eva just makes the story that much creepier, too.

Bonus Factor: Second Sight

Eva’s visions are never fully explained, but they add an interesting twist to her own investigation of her accident.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Shaming

Eva is a fit girl who has a sweet tooth. When she realizes healing from her accident means that she won’t be able to run to keep fit, she asks her friend—who normally “forces” her to run and eat healthier—to take away the cookies because if she can’t run, eating them will make her fat. Additionally, there are a number of instances in which Eva refers to another character as a man-slut, even to said character’s face. Two more reasons I don’t see myself being able to be friends with her.

Casting Call:

Julianna Guill as Eva

Relationship Status: Leave the Lights On

As a fan of Criminal Minds, Book, I’m no stranger to a scary story that feels a little too much like it could actually happen. I enjoyed our time together, but it’s getting dark, so I’m going to need to head home now. Where I can lock my deadbolt and burrow into my bed, making sure I have a clear eyeline of the doorway and a baseball bat close at hand.

Made For You is available now.

Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's an editor/writer for an educational non-profit by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book for Forever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.