Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Release date: May 2017
Pages: 400 pages
Description (from goodreads): 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.
I learned that Eliza and Her Monsters was a thing that was happening when I watched one of BooksandLala‘s videos,
and I already knew that I would love it. The expectations when I picked up this book were oh-so high, I was certain to be disappointed but to my greatest relief I was not let down!
Eliza and Her Monsters is all I had dreamed of. I could relate to Eliza so much. I’ve never been “internet famous” and I’m sure it’d be something that would make me highly uncomfortable, but being yourself online is so much easier (at least for me), and this novel illustrates it beautifully. I think a lot of young adults (and not so young) will be able to connect with that.
Eliza Mirk (LadyConstellation) is the author/illustrator of this really famous webcomic series, but she chose to stay anonymous. Nobody knows who she is except for her immediate family and a couple of online friends. In ‘real life’ though, she has no friend, she can’t seem to be able to really connect with her family and she has very few interests. Then one day, she meets Wallace, a new boy at her school who’s dealing with his own past. Eliza learns that he’s really into her series and even writes fanfiction for it. From there, their friendship develops slowly into something more.
This novel also deals with PTSD and anxiety which I think Zappia incorporated really well into the story.
I had some issues with how Wallace reacted at times, especially towards the end, but I appreciated that his behaviour was addressed and made clear that it wasn’t okay which makes this book even more awesome!
Overall, this book is amazing, and you should consider picking it up if you ever have the chance! It’s definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read this year 🙂