Book Review : Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters Book Cover Eliza and Her Monsters
Francesca Zappia
Young Adult Fiction
HarperCollins
May 30, 2017
400

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble. Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza 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. With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Yay! a book review after a long time. Today, I am going to talk about my latest read, Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia, and why I loved it so much!

Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a high school senior, Eliza Mirk, who hates school, who is treated as a nobody and all she want to do is draw. Secretly, Eliza is a creator of the famous web comic, Monstrous Sea and has a huge fandom dedicated to her. Her drawings are exceptional and everyone wants to know who the LadyConstellation really is! Eliza does not think she can survive the fact the world knows about who the creator of Monstrous Sea is and prefers being a nobody. And when the new kid at school, Wallace, turns out to be an admirer of LadyConstellation, and one of the most famous fan-fiction writer of Monstrous Sea, and also wants to become Eliza’s friend without knowing her true identity, Eliza’s life takes a turn for good, and Wallace helps her to be drawn out of her shell.

Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a typical introvert, Eliza, who no one seems to understand. Her parents think she needs help because she constantly locks herself up in her room, online talking to her “friends”, or with her head in her phone, not having too many friends, not behaving as other kids do. She cannot relate to her outgoing, sporty younger brothers, she doesn’t feel like mixing with the rest of the world. For her, her world is online with her fandom, with online friends to talk to and forums to discuss her web comic on. Eliza is very relate-able to any one who ever had to struggle with introvert nature being misinterpreted as a problem.

I loved the book, Eliza and Her Monsters but I had a little problem with her panic attacks. I mean I get that introverts may go under extreme stress in social situation but I have never experienced it to this level, being a introvert myself. But I totally understood the whole “online universe” which helped Eliza with her own identity though an anonymous one. Also I loved how her best friends where both her online friends and still she was very much in touch with them. I myself have made so many friends here online that i can understand that you don’t need to meet people in person really to call them friends!

I would recommend Eliza and Her Monsters to all the YA lovers out there and also to those who want to get a feel of how an introvert’s world might look like especially if you don’t understand introverts!

Have you read this one? What are you all reading? Do let me know!

Hiatus

I’m taking a break from the blogging world. I’m not really sure when I’ll come back, since my personal and professional life priorities are keeping me super busy to sit and maintain this blog. 🙁

I will maintain the domain because I truly love this name but I don’t think there will be any blog posts or any other updates at least for a month more.

Tchao till then, blogging world!

Goodbye 2016 … Welcome 2017!

Ah, 2016 flew past I feel. Constant work and something or the other exciting happening, 2016 was a fun year for me!

I would like to review all the good and somewhat bad stuff that happened this year, but it might be a long long post!

So how 2016 fared?

  • It started with me participating in IT Olympiad 2016 competition and reaching up to the finals and eventually becoming the runner up and winning a cash prize of Rs. 75000/-.
  • The start of 2016 also made me an aunt for the first time (yay).
  • I applied for JP Morgan’s  Code for Good contest somewhere in March and in mid – May I cracked the telephone interview for the contest.
  • I spend my 23rd birthday on 23rd July and the day following it in JP Morgan’s office for this contest and we developed an Android app for a NGO too.
  • Two weeks later I got a call for interview and on Aug 10, 2016 I got selected for the full-time Technology Analyst Program at JP Morgan. I was the first one in my class to be placed!
  • The same day when I got selected for JPMC I also gave the aptitude test for the 6 months internship program at Dell EMC and on the next day, despite my initial reluctance about working for a company outside Mumbai, I got selected post the aptitude for the interview rounds.
  • After a rigorous 5 interviews, they selected me as their only college student intern, not only from my college, but as I recently got to know, from the whole city of Mumbai. I dunno if I am really that smart as this looks 😛
  • In the mean time, my sister also scored 97% in her SSC board exams and got into the college of her choice, which was a proud moment for the family.
  • We even celebrated her achievement by finally visiting Barbeque Nation, one of the costly BBQ joints we have in the city.

    AT Barbeque Nation with family

  • I was a part of the placement committee so it was fun to interact with companies and even though there were many terrible moments in the process the result always made us smile over the efforts we put. About 48 out of 50 students from my class managed to get a good internship placement.
  • The 4th semester of college which ended in April was one of the toughest ones ever for me and the vacation after it was the last ever vacation I had in a relaxed way. I regret not sleeping enough at that point when I had the chance.
  • The 5th  semester however flew by so fast that I think before we knew it, it was already over. With placement activities along with the course work there hardly was any time to relax and when it did end, it felt me feeling a bit empty knowing that college life had ended!

    Class of MCA (2014 – 2017)

  • Time after Diwali was the most hurried one cuz we had our finals, after which i started packing for shifting to Pune. Since my internship started on 19th of Dec, I had about 15 days from when the internship ended to the time to move.
  • Shifting was one of the biggest highlight of the year and it happened right towards the end. Finding a new place, moving in with unknown people, managing your office life and getting along with roommates was all new for me. I am a very reclusive person at home, I don’t talk much, remain in my room and prefer being left alone. Now I have to share my room with someone, cook my own food (I have found a tiffin service for it right now :P), wash my clothes (or bring them to Mumbai every weekend so that I can wash it in the washing machine), and most importantly, wake up on my own.
  • Office life wasn’t a very daunting experience because I joined the office on 19th, after shifting to Pune on 18th (yeah, just a day prior), and after get inducted and finishing with the initial introductions, I was immediately told that my whole business unit was going on a day picnic to a place called Della Adventure Park in Lonavala in just two days. That proved to be the biggest ice breaker. I got properly introduced to everyone, mingled with them, did crazy stuff like Zip Line and Paintball, etc with them, even sang songs on the bus (which I am extremely conscious about).

    Della Adventure Park

  • I participated and won my two favourite events from my college’s fest Technovanza, which were called Technohunt and Code Swap, both in first place!
  • I did not complete my GoodReads challenge this year 🙁 Though I read some amazing books I managed to read just 45 books out of 52 🙁

What are my near future plans for 2017?

  • Perfect my web development skills because I am a front end developer intern!
  • Read 50 books this year.
  • Choose wisely between my two placement companies and two beloved cities.
  • Buy a bike.
  • Buy a new phone on my own.
  • Save at least Rs. 50000.
  • Lose at least 5 kg over the year and start hitting the gym as frequently as possible.

How was you 2016 and what do you see yourself doing in 2017?

 

 

Month In A Nutshell – February 2016

Wow, there was not a single post in February! This makes me feel so bad.
Well, in any case, here’s another post in the MIAN category.
February had so many highlights that I think this is going to be a nice long post!

Weekend 1 : workshop at Mastek and IST begins 
I think I have mentioned in my previous post that my team got selected in the top 25 for the project Deep Blue by Mastek Ltd. That project has a lot of things included with it to help with the project development. One such thing is the workshops they conduct. The first one was on Design Thinking and since it was conducted in their office it was a very nice change to our regular college life.
The workshop was on Saturday and since my first internal exams were to begin from Monday, the rest of the weekend was spent locked up in my room with only books for company.

Week after weekend 1 : IST and results
The first 3 days of the week went in preparing for and writing the IST.
We even started getting the results on the subsequent days after the IST. Luckily the results weren’t that bad.😆

Weekend 2 : The Valentine’s Day weekend…
I mostly relaxed at home on Sunday but Saturday was awesomely hectic.
I met Anirudh and Riyal (my project team and best friends) at Thane for a meeting with our Mastek mentor. After the meet I had to go to Ghatkopar for some work and since was a Saturday with not much work, I decided to go and watch Deadpool.  I’m so glad I did! 😊
The latter half of Sunday went with my family since one of my uncles had come home, so we all went out for dinner, which was a very difficult task since it was Valentine’s day and getting a decent big table for us was a mighty task! Still it was a well spent evening.

Weekend 3 :
Saturday saw me back at Mastek’s office for another workshop for project Deep Blue. This time the workshop was for UX.
Following the workshop, my team along with two other teams went to meet the NGO for whom we are making the software. It was a very different experience since I have never been to an actual client meeting, so understanding the requirements from a non technical person, was really awesome.

Week and Weekend 4 :
This was one of the fastest week of month!
I had participated in an online quiz contest called IT Olympiad and I had managed to clear 3 rounds which were based on aptitude and technical knowledge. I didn’t expect to go on after the last round, but I was selected in the 2nd last round which was a Skype call interview round. It was the first time I had given an interview over Skype. Though the round was nice I again didn’t think I will clear it. (pessimism too much,  right?)
But I did and I was selected as the top 10 finalists from a total of 13500 participants and was invited for the final round which was to be conducted at College of Engineering, Pune on 27th Feb. I will write a separate posted following this exclusively on IT Olympiad.
On top of that, on 25th Feb, I became a proud aunt, for the first time!
On 26th it was my mother’s birthday but since my sister’s final SSC exams are starting on 5th of March, we didn’t celebrate it.
I even had an aptitude test for Credit Suisse summer internship, which was terrible. 😂
27th was the big big day of the Mega quiz of IT Olympiad and I won the 1st runner up prize!!
Sunday went in relaxing from the hectic journey and accepting all the congratulations from everyone and I had also one for a lunch party at my uncle’s place!
The extra leap year day again went in a great and tiring way since I had to bring my trophy and meet the director of vjti!
All in all, February was a great great month!

How was yours, readers?!