Book: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Synopsis: 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.
Review (Minor Spoilers): I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I found it highly relatable. I prefer the internet too. It was a lot darker and more dramatic than I thought going in. I found myself laughing with Eliza and crying with her. I can’t imagine how the pressure feels, but I still found a way to connect with the story.
Characters: The characters were all very complex. Eliza had anxiety that really affected the way she communicates with people. Wallace had such a very dark background. All the relationships Eliza had really fit her character. I especially loved her online bestfriends.
Eliza was so relatable for me. I don’t have internet fame like her, but the way she preferred the internet to real life. My favorite quote was, “It’s stupid because that’s what I like about the internet-that it gives you time to think about what you want to say before you say it.” A lot of time she had her parents nagging on her about being on the internet and not talking with other people. My parents will sometimes do that, but I am lucky to have supportive parents.
Wallace and Eliza were very cute together. Of course they had bumps in their relationship, but through it all they were very supportive of each other. The book had equal amounts of heartbreak and fluffy scenes between them.
Plot: The entire plot had me turning pages. It was paced so well to me. I didn’t feel like the problem was solved to fast or slow. The end of the book, or the back, the story was so dark. Her anxiety sort of takes over, and some dark thoughts bubble up. It ended perfectly and had me crying from tears of joy and sadness because I loved it so much.
The beginning was hard to get into. We are just thrown into this story. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but slowly I sunk into the story and understood. Beginnings are always hard for me. It takes a while for me to settle down and not get distracted.
Writing Style: Francesca Zappia had a way of putting deep quotes in intense moments. Her scenes with strong emotions are well written. She didn’t use big words, but it wasn’t overly easy. I did like that we get snippets of the story and drawings.
This book was very good. I would recommend it to a lot of my bookstagram friends. It was fluffy but deep, and it was relatable. What more could you want?