(Book Review) Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // Spoiler-Free

Book Review - Spoiler-Free

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Review

I first heard this book through Booktube and was keen to pick it up ever since I heard the synopsis.

I love the plot in the book. As a writer myself, it is interesting to read about characters who are also doing the same thing. The main storyline is her relearning what is she is missing out outside her bedroom. And that was intriguing to read! I couldn’t put the book down as I find more parts of me inside her. Yes, I agree when we are so focused on something we tend to forget the world outside our busy lives. I love Zappia for exploring this idea!

Eliza is a relatable character and I cannot wait to see what happens in the following chapters. I see many sides of me in Eliza. Me, shutting myself in the bedroom to work on my writing, and then forgetting the real world ever existed. Sure there is the internet to keep me company but that is different. It is nothing compared to talking, making new friends (or rekindling with the old) in real life. And that was what the internet cannot give me. I am pretty sure Eliza realised that on her own.

There are many lessons I learnt from this book. One of them is life doesn’t start outside your bedroom, it begins from within yourself. As Albert Einstein said, play is the highest form of research.
 
All in all, I love this book, and I rate this 4.5/5.
 
I can see myself rereading it. I like how Zappia captured the emotions of an awkward teenager. She also tackled the shades of depression and she did that well. If you enjoyed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I recommend this masterpiece.
 

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