Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | Book Review



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Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

Int eh real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she's LadeConstellation, 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 life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza'a 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.

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Released: 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a book I have seen over and over on social media and booktube and I'm not sure why I haven't picked it up yet. About a teen girl who lives a lonely life at school but has one of the most popular webcomics online, I thought it would be a fun and seemingly light-hearted plot seemed like the perfect YA contemporary to fall in love with. 

Whilst it was quite light-hearted for most of the novel, the romance was brewing and I was all for it but more on that later, it turned pretty quickly into a much heavier topic. I will put a trigger warning on this for suicide and anxiety, so if this is somthing you try to avoid reading about, this one might not be for you. But I do think this topic was dealt with well in the novel. It was a focused part of Eliza's story and how she coped with her changing situation, it wasn't an added extra which is how I've often seen anxiety treated in books. I felt like I could really identify with what Eliza was feeling and what it was like to live with anxiety. Whilst I don't have the level of anxiety Eliza has, I have heard from another blogger who does, that they sound this part of the story to be very relatable and a unique insight into anxiety. 

This book is also about building friendships, family and school life. Quite typical topics for a YA contemporary but I loved those elements all the same. Wallace is one of my favourite love interests that I have read about in a while - who doesn't love a tall, webcomic obsessed, writer? It was fun to read their budding romance (no insta love here) and I was completely invested in the ins and outs of their relationship. 

I only had two issue with this book, one only minor and one that bugged me a little more. The first is the inserts of Eliza's comic, which were great, but I found I kept skimming them to get back to the main story. As a reader, I don't often like being taken out of the story, especially at some very anxious moments, so they often tended to annoy me and I don't like added anything to the story. But that might be because I didn't read most of them... The second is how Eliza treated her family. As a teen, I understand that she was stressed and maybe that was just a repercussion, but I think it was unnecessary most of the time. 

But overall, I really did love this book. Giving it a four-star rating, it is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It's relatability made it a joy to read and I am so glad that I finally bought it and gave it ago!
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  1. This sounds like a book I would like to read, on the to-read-list it goes ^^

    Sophie | www.sophiesspot.co.uk

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    1. Yay let me know what you think if you get round to it!

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