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!

3 Comments

  1. As an ambivert with anxiety, I related to Eliza so much. I go through periods where I have panic attacks similar to hers, and I loved reading about a character that experiences the same thing. I’m also like her in the fact that while I don’t draw a webcomic…I cannot draw but I do believe that we have the same fear about our creative works…the fear that people won’t like or understand them. Sadly, my fear is a bit deeper than hers. :'(

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    • While I can’t relate to your fear, I wish you peace of mind, Jessica.

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  2. I have not read this book but it sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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