Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
Title: Eliaz and Her Monsters Author: Francesca Zappia Publisher: Greenwillow Books Release date: May 30th 2017 Genre: YA contemporary
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.
WOW WOW WOWOWOWOWOWOW This story is EVERYTHING. It was simply amazing and I really lost a day of my life while reading this. It was one of those books that you start reading in the morning, thinking you will read for 30 minutes, and suddenly you look outside and it’s dark!
I really hadn’t expected to like this book as much as I did. But the story really gripped me hard and made my heart beat a bit faster.
The overall story was amazing. I never read about someone who is extremely famous online before. It was very easy to connect with Eliza although we didn’t have much in common. Eliza really wouldn’t like me, I’m pretty sure of that, so it’s actually a bit funny that I enjoyed reading about her as much as I did. I don’t think you can call her a very enjoyable or a nice person. But, this book just proves that a character really doesn’t have to be perfect or very likeable, for readers to like the book. For me a character doesn’t have to be perfect or friendly the only thing that I really need to like a character is reason. If they act like a total brad or are mean to people, I need to have a reason why they act like that and if that reason seems reasonable enough to me than who am I to judge.
The way this book is written makes it so easy to understand her. I’m so completely different from her (I’m as extrovert as a person can be and she is as introvert as a person can be) but, I still felt like it was extremely easy to relate to her.
The relationships and the emotions were really beautiful. In the beginning I thought this book didn’t need a relationship but at the end I enjoyed that part so much. It wasn’t overbearing or too much at all and gave the book that little extra. It made me remember how heavy life could feel with all those overwhelming emotions when I was a teen. I think I would have loved this book even more if it had exited when I was 16. Some times it’s nice to know that many other teens are going through the exact same things as you.
The drawings in the book are amazing! They are so good and it makes the whole web comic seem more real. Throughout the book there are also a lot of little fragments of the web comic story. I’m not a fan of comic stories, but this book seriously made me want to look up some real ones.