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Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia book review

This falls into the contemporary/young adult/romance/mental health genre (according to Goodreads).

Gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Finished it in one day!I read it during my finals.Otherwise could have finished in one sitting.It was really fast paced.i was really invested the whole time so it just flew by.

“You found me in a constellation”

Goodreads summary:
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.

Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.”

Writing style:
Francesca Zappia has an amazing writing style, straight and real.Her writing style conveyed Eliza perfectly.And maybe part of why I loved Eliza is because of the writing style.The writing made me feel what she was feeling.Also it makde it pretty clear how differently Eliza viewed the world and yet at the same time how relatable she was.It flowed smoothly and made it easy to read so fast.

“There are monsters in the sea”

Eliza Mirk just might be one of the most relatable characters out there.Her angst against just about everyone and reluctance to embrace the real world is painfully real.To put it simply,she hates everyone offline.And for good measure.She however loves her internet world and the fandom universe she has  created.She is antisocial. Doesn’t have any friends except the online ones.And even her relationship with her family is pretty downhill. What I like about Eliza is that she is the way she is because she chooses to be. Not because she has to. She just doesn’t care,an admirable aspect to her. But I do not like some things about her.The way she treats her family at the beginning and throughout most of the book.i get that they were not as supportive of her as she would have liked at first but atleast they tried with good intentions.i feel like if she was more open with them and had tried even a little bit maybe their relationship wouldn’t have fallen so bad. At some points Eliza seems extremely arrogant.She doesn’t want to be around real people because she feels she’s above them?Her anxiety felt more like arrogance which irritated me a bit.But I also loved her character development throughout the book.How she slowly comes out of her shell.She could do anything when she tries, so naturally it made me mad when she didn’t try but I suppose that’s just how Eliza was.i loved how she was with Wallace. Their relationship was extremely adorable from talking on notes to how they understood each other like no one else did. I loved how Eliza stood up for Wallace when clearly he could take care of himself, because that was the kind of person she was.The kind of person who Wallace could share his pained truth to.i loved Eliza not only because she was so relatable but also because of her imperfections which made her real.

Disappearing is an art form, and I am its queen”

Wallace is an important character who drives a lot of plot.Personality wise ,he was the epitome of cute. Shy and nervous and adorable with his talking on notes habit. Yet confident in what he wants and doesn’t back down.If it wasn’t for him they probably wouldn’t even talk ever. I also loved how modest he was. Contrary to Eliza who honestly seemed arrogant to me, he was so laid back and down to earth.Just what you want in a guy.Then again like Eliza he also has some flaws.He doesn’t try to empathize with Eliza when she goes through everything alone and in fact pushes her to a breaking point when she needs him the most. But of course soon realises his mistakes and comes around and makes me love him again ^__^ <3

What’s the point of being alive if you don’t do what makes you happy? “

I loved every single characters.Even Eliza’s homeroom teacher who wears vegetable shaped earrings 🙄
I loved the plot and how relatable it was. How it showed we all go through anxiety or depression or other problems and it’s the people around us who we need in this time.Not being alone.That never helps.
I loved the friendship among her real and offline friends.How they’re always there for her.I loved her family and how much they love her even though she can’t see it sometimes.
I absolutely adored her brothers!!


I loved that it didn’t shy away from Eliza’s flaws and how she copes through them.

I didn’t like how Eliza deals with her family.Even at the end it didn’t seem like she understood.I understand reality but since she works though everything else it would have been nice to see her embrace her family as well.
And I also would have liked to see some more of LadyConstellation and how she deals with the aftermaths of what happened.

Ending was short and simple and honestly not very satisfying.What happened to the other characters? What’s she going to do after her break?Now that her parents know everything,how’s things at home?
It was good but still I craved some more 🙁

Overall it was really enjoyable. For a contemporary,it dealt with some heavy issues which I liked.The plot was interesting. Characters were full of personality and the writing style meshed really well with me.Still 1 point deducted because of the issued I had.

I absolutely recommend it.It’s a slump breaker type book.And highly recommend if you’re part of some fandom and even if you’re not,READ IT! IT’S SO GOOD.

Also side note,similar to this I’ve read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.Similar in the sense of fandom and main character creating stories.If you’ve read and liked either of them you’ll definitely absolutely love the other.

Okay I’m done bye ✌️It looks so peaceful.” 

“Peaceful, huh? Haven’t you heard? There are monsters in the sea.”