Blog Tour Review: We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When no one can be trusted, who do you believe?

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Margot Harrison for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Mystery Thriller
Publishing Date: July 12, 2022

Celeste is the talk of the town when she moves to Montana from Montreal, but the only friend she makes is Vivvy, the heir to the town’s name and a social pariah. Inspired by a passion-fueled school incident, they begin writing a love-story fan fic between the popular guy and the school stoner, one that gradually reveals Celeste’s past. While their bond makes Celeste feel safe and alive again, Vivvy keeps prodding Celeste to turn fantasy into reality. When they finally try, one drunken night on a dark mountainside, Celeste is the one who ends up kissing golden boy Joss. And Joss ends up dead.

Celeste doesn’t remember the end of that night and can’t be sure she didn’t deliver the killing blow. Could she still be that scared of getting close to a boy? Secrets are hard to keep in a small town, and even Vivvy seems to suspect her. Exploring the winding passages of the cave where Joss died, Celeste learns he had his own dark secrets, as does Vivvy. The town isn’t as innocent as it appears.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Margot Harrison has a lifelong habit of creeping herself out and now attempts to creep others out via her fiction. Her teenage dream was to see as many movies as possible and write about them, which she does as a Tomatometer critic for Vermont media company Seven Days.

She is also a Harvard grad, wrangler of calicos, speaker of French, native of New York City, and lover of horror podcasts and strong black tea.

She loves hearing from readers! Fill in the contact form to send her a message.

Representation: Jessica Sinsheimer, Context Literary Agency

She sometimes tweets, but mostly chronicles all her ways of wasting time on Instagram.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Hello again and happy Friday! Today’s review is for a YA mystery/thriller novel with a few dark themes. Let’s get started!

We Made It All Up is a story about a girl named Celeste who, in order to escape her past, has just moved to a small town in Montana from her home in Montreal. After one night of drinking and partying with Joss (the popular jock), Seth (the outcast drug dealer), and Vivvy (Celeste’s new best friend), Celeste drinks too much and blacks out. Waking up alone on a bench, the last thing she remembers is a drunken make-out session with Joss. Then Joss turns up dead. With no memories of what happened that night, Celeste is forced to investigate what happened to Joss herself. After all, she could be the one responsible.

This book took the unreliable narrator trope and just went off. Celeste doesn’t remember anything from the night Joss was murdered, and everyone in town is being super sketch about Joss’ past and about how he might have died. Throughout the book we’re introduced to several conflicting accounts of previous events and, just like Celeste, we are forced to try and figure out which parts are actually the truth. I think this type of narration invites of collaboration and connection between reader and narrator, adding a lot to the reading experience.

The narration jumps between past and present which is something I tend to enjoy as long as the timeline doesn’t get too convoluted (which it didn’t). There are also various chapters that are snippets of a Joss x Seth fan fiction novel that Celeste and Vivvy began writing early on in their friendship. These inserts weren’t particularly important for anything other than occasionally providing backstory, but they were a fun addition for readers who are into that type of storytelling. I do think readers who don’t enjoy fan fiction of this type might get annoyed at how frequently they show up, but I was fine with them.

There are some themes that are particularly dark, such as child sexual assault in the form of hazing, adult/minor grooming and harassment, and kidnapping/captivity. This is something I think all readers should be aware about before they dive into this. If you’re interested in checking this book out, you can find it at the links above!

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