Title: Eliza And Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young Adult
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.
How did it take me so long to read this book?!?! I absolutely loved everything about it. I was a little hesitent to pick this up because popular books are either extreme hits or misses for me. I lucked out on this one. I was so engaged that I struggled to put this down. I think this was a one day read for me but it could have been two.
I’ll admit that I wish I hadn’t read the plot of the book, I didn’t expect that it covered so much of the story. It didn’t really detract from the story there was just less surprise when things happened.
Eliza isn’t a perfect person, her relationships with her family, online friends and Wallace all show that but in the best of ways. She’s an extremely likable character and I couldn’t help but be attached to her story and wanting to see her succeed. I also really loved that this story straddles the world of fandom a little. I’ve noticed that it’s becoming a bit more popular.
Needless to say this is an author I’ll be watching from here on out and I can’t wait to read anything else she comes out with. I’ve still got to look into her other books that are already out.
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?
3 thoughts on “Book Review: Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ”
I read this book during the summer and unfortunately I gave it just three stars. Something about the combination of the tone of the writing and me not liking the main male protagonist… But I’m glad you liked it!
Wonderfully written review. I read this book last summer and absolutely fell in love. I really liked how relatable Eliza was as a character with all of her imperfections and preferring the online world to the one right outside her shut bedroom door. I also like how her parents weren’t completely left out of the story which is often the case in most YA novels.
Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your reviews in the future! 🙂
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I agree on her parents. It’s so rare to have parents included in YA books.