Today’s review is on Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
I’ll admit that it took me a while to get into this book, but I really enjoyed it. It was cute and heartbreaking at the same time. I also loved the webcomics and I wish there was a graphic novel available of them (if there is, let me know!)
Eliza was an interesting characters, especially since she is someone who is struggles with anxiety and depression and how she finds an escape in her web comic, Monsterous Sea. Wallace was another great character, especially when we find out more about his tragic past and seeing how similar he is to Eliza.
It was sad to see how out of touch Eliza’s parents were, they might have meant well, but not really, they never seem to be considerate of her and her issues.
There were also several good quotes that I underlined in the novel:
“Truth is the worst monster because it never really goes away” (p.286).
“But motivation doesn’t come from nowhere. Like any good monster, you have to feed it” (p.375).
It was interesting to see how Eliza copes with her secret being let out in the open, in the end she does the right thing.
Even though I did enjoy it, I also feel like this book has been overhyped by a lot of people. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.