Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Typically, I don't do well with overhyped books. I let the hype get to me, which raises my expectations. Then the book ends up with expectations that it can't ever meet. Therefore, I wanted to wait until the hype died down before reading Eliza and Her Monsters. Recently I thought enough time had passed, so I picked up the book. Let me tell you it was worth all of the hype that was surrounding it, and then some. It became one of my favorite books that I've read this year.
I loved almost everything about Eliza and Her Monsters. If I would have read a physical copy, I'm sure I would have annotated about 90% of the book because I identified with it so much. I saw so much of myself in Eliza. She was a quiet, shy, introverted person who just wanted to immerse herself in fandoms, and wanted to be happy doing what she loved. I think the fact that I was able to identify with her so much is the main reason why I loved the book. I flew through it and ended up reading the whole book in a day. I just couldn't put it down. The character interactions were also on point. There were times in the book where I wished every single one of these characters were real because I think it would be awesome to have them as friends in real life. They are definitely people who I could see myself hanging out with.
If I had to have one complaint about the book, it's that the climax was very predictable. As soon as things started happening between Eliza and the love interest, I knew the plot was going to unfold the way it did. I wasn't exactly sure the details of how it would happen so I did find that part interesting, but I knew that it would. It took away some of the shock value when it finally did happen ( I'm trying to be vague because I don't want to spoil it for anyone). I also found it very predictable the way the characters got over the issues and resolved everything. If it wasn't for that, it definitely would have been a five-star book.
It's not often that I finish a book and want to reread it immediately, but that definitely happened with Eliza and Her Monsters. I wasn't ready for the book to end. Even though it ended in a way that I like, I really just wanted more of these characters and this setting. I'm hoping that the author comes out with a book centered around the characters in the webcomics, kind of like Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On. I loved this book, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in different fandoms, or anyone who is looking for a place where they belong and don't feel like they fit in.
I give Eliza and Her Monsters: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.