Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza 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. With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s
Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

I am a person with zero artistic talent, so I love reading about artistic characters. This book obviously had that, but it had so much more. It had passionate and relatable characters, and smart and honest writing. Both Wallace and Eliza were beautifully crafted. And I felt like drowning in Francesca Zappia's words so many times. She made me feel so much, and me made me feel like I was part of the story.

The second half wasn't as solid as the first half, and I found myself "powering through" some scenes that were boring me, but I still really loved the novel as a whole and all that transpired. I highly recommend it.

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