Published by HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
Genres: Psychological, Thriller, Young Adult
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Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But 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 flame, 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 while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
Featuring a creepy, religious stalker who is a complete psychopath when it comes to loving and killing women, Made For You creeped me out so much I had trouble sleeping. Not only is it told from the clueless victim, we also get the point of view of the killer who is so obsessed and twisted that he believes it’s okay to kill women because he’s ‘saving’ them.
I can’t think of anything creepier than that, especially when we read about his sick obsession with Eva and the way he abuses relationships with women. This book literally brought shivers up my spine and I kept on having scary stalker dreams – pretty much every girls worse nightmare. I wish there was more background to why Judge was brought up that way and what his sick religious fantasies were about, but perhaps it’s better not knowing.
Today, I’ll find another girl, a substitute for the girl God made for me.
When you realise Judge is just another student at Eva’s school, that’s when things get really creepy and I constantly tried to figure out who it is. It isn’t really a mystery though, seeing as there’s only 2 main men in the book – but I admit, the book surprised me. Unlike other thrillers I’ve read, it doesn’t withhold information just to whack you with it in the final conclusion, and the killer’s identity is revealed sooner than I thought. It doesn’t follow the classic thriller formula, but I still found it disturbing and creepy.
Eva played her part as an unsuspecting victim well, although I think her accident was overemphasised for convenience. She suffered from multiple brain injuries and still operates normally, except she has a weird affliction where she can foresee someone’s death if they touch her. I didn’t expect this paranormal twist to it and wanted more explanation for why she could do this.
“If you touch me, I see your death.” – Eva
The romance with Nate was fairly sweet, especially because it was a best friend romance and it was nice to see that evolve for once. Nate was an understanding and supportive character who didn’t judge Eva even after she suffered cuts all over her face, but then why would he ignore her for years? I liked that their romance was developed slowly, but I just didn’t believe in him as a character – especially since he slept with a lot of women.
Every single teen character in this book seems to be sexually active – Nate, Judge, Eva and Grace included and I was pretty uncomfortable with some of the implications about what the characters did. There’s a bit of slut shaming and even sexual violence, so I wouldn’t recommend this for the younger YA reader.
As a result, I found Grace, Eva’s best friend to be the only character I actually liked in the book. She was smart, strong and loyal and was an awesome friend to Eva. I did find her point of view unnecessary to the main storyline though, other than to buffer the intensity between Grace and Judge’s perspectives.
Their deaths feel like my fault.
And it makes me sick.
What did I say or do that made this crazy person fixate on me and my friends?
Made For You is a creepy, disturbing and intense thriller about an obsessed stalker and psychopath. Featuring deaths, threats, obsessive thoughts and violence, all from the killer’s point of view, there is nothing that could be creepier. The book does fail to explain a few key points, like how Judge turned out that way and why Eva can see premonitions for people’s deaths. It also unexpectedly features sexual violence which I found disturbing. Overall it’s a unique and disturbing thriller, but only if you can handle it – and definitely for the mature YA audience.
As for me, I think I’ll go easy on the thrillers for a while.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5