Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Series: Standalone
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published May 30th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
Pages: 385
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

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O M G. I love this book SO FREAKING MUCH! This is literally one of my favorite books ever!

This is the first book I ever read from the author, although I do intend to read Made You Up! This was one of the books I was most excited to get to and I am so happy I finally read it! I literally couldn’t put it down! Life wasn’t cooperating but I still managed to read this book in two sittings, and loved every page of it!

Eliza is a character that I can tremendously relate to! Well, she draws webcomics and she is famous, while I do neither but in any other aspect, I related to her and I loved reading about her! Eliza deals with anxiety and what she suffers is something really similar to my personal experience. I get terribly nervous when I have to socialize, be it face-to-face, presentations at school, make friends and even phone calls and emails. I just really have a hard time socializing and I always had.

Our main character has the same problem and the way she deals with that is by socializing on the internet. She draws her famous web comic Monstrous Sea, she sometimes interacts in online chats and she has online friends. And that’s her world, the world where she can be herself, her better self. But like a lot of people don’t understand, her parents also don’t and they feel like she is closing herself and shutting the “real world” off, like the internet is an imaginary one. Until she meets Wallace, and her parents are finally happy that she has friends…

I really loved Eliza and I could relate a lot to her and her feelings. She is quiet, private, socially awkward, she has anxiety and later depression and she is afraid of the world. And I could relate to all of that.  So I was really happy when Wallace appeared! He is such a good character too! He is just perfect for her. And I would have loved to have a Wallace in my life at that time. He is quiet, and he has suffered a lot along the road (got it? Sorry, that was too morbid…) and he loves Monstrous Sea as much as Eliza! I loved seeing them together, and their interactions!

I also loved how we see the interaction between fans and creator, it was intense and something I never really thought much about… It made me stressed how much it has to it and how imposing it can be in their lives. How it changes everything sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.

All the characters in the book had some important part in it, especially her family and it was really interesting to get to see their interaction. I loved how her parents made me feel like I was in high school again because they acted like mine, not because I liked  – because just like Eliza I didn’t – but because it was really realistic and emotional.

The writing and the format of the book are also perfect! We have emails, messages, comic book pages, drawings… Everything! And the writing was beautiful and made everything so realistic! This book made me cry my heart out and made me feel one million emotions at the same time. I am not even sure how the hell I’m still coping! This is such a powerful and wonderful book! It’s not a light contemporary like I was expecting and I loved it even more for that!

Really, if you haven’t read this yet, just get to it! It’s such a wonderful and meaningful book! Go! Go! Go!

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Have you read this yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!

If you have, what did you think of it? Let’s discuss it the comments!

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