Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

download (1)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.

This book went very deep and it talked about depression and suicide so if you don’t like that then you shouldn’t read this book. It is really funny, really creative, and also really really sad. The plot is very interesting and I enjoyed how the family relationship went. I also enjoyed the character arcs which were really deep and I was so proud of these guys by the end of the book. If you want to know more of what I thought then you can read on.

The characters were amazing. Some of them were also depressed but that was the way that they were written. I loved how different they all were and how some of them interacted by texting and hanging out and some of them have never even met in real life. It was one of those things where I am amazed at how people do that. I love it and I hope that I can find a fandom like the one on Monstrous Sea and just chill. 

My favorite character was Wallace. That guy was amazing!!! Sure, he had issues but we all have flaws. He was also a writer which gave him several points in my book (and from what we know he wasn’t a bad writer). He tried to be there for Eliza and what happened to him was brutal. I was wondering why he had the family that he did but when it was all explained I was just crying because no one should have to go through that. Sorry if that was long and you didn’t want to read it. We’re going to talk about the plot now.

The plot was really interesting. I really enjoyed the drawing and the pressure from the fandom aspect of it. Of course, I also enjoyed the get-out-of-your-house-and-make-friends part of it. I enjoyed the fact that the depression wasn’t used as a plot device and Wallace didn’t love her any less for it (but then again, Wallace was probably depressed too). This was probably a mess but hey it could have been worse. 

The setting was impressive. I didn’t know that you could make a house so descriptive. It’s a good thing that my characters won’t be living in a house, they’ll be living in tents and out in the open air. The school was also in a lot of detail and from Eliza’s POV it didn’t seem like a nice place. I’m sure that it was because she hated it there and couldn’t wait for college. I can’t wait for college either. It seems so awesome and apparently you can choose which classes you can take. It sounds like bliss. As you can probably see I enjoyed this book quite a lot. 

I hope this review wasn’t a mess. If it is I am very very sorry. What I want to say is that this book is amazing and I think that you should read it. Trigger: depression and mentions of suicide. I couldn’t find a quote online!! Sorry!!! Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating:th (14)

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