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.
Young Adult – Contemporary – Romance
If it weren’t for my partnership with the French publisher of Eliza and her monsters, I probably never would have read this book. But luckily I did get to discover it early and I LOVED it.
The first thing I want to say about this novel is how real it felt. The characters, their lives, their relationships… It was all really believable and powerful. None of the characters was perfect or bland. They were all so human, and that was the strength of this novel.
Obviously, the heart and soul of the novel is Eliza. I really loved her, her double personality and how important her life online is to her. Moreover, I completely understood her relationship with Max and Emmy, as I myself have met some amazing people online.
“You found me in a constellation.”
Also, Eliza and Wallace were just perfect. It was no love at first sight nor some “insta-love” thing. It was a real relationship that built throughout the pages, which moved me. And Wallace’s story was so emotional and it completely caught me off-guard.
Moreover, Eliza’s relationship with her parents was the one that got the most reactions out of me. They were all in the wrong at one point or another, and truth be told, I wanted to hit both Eliza and her mom at times. But, in the end, the mistakes didn’t matter as much as the efforts they all did to try and make it right.
Furthermore, I have to mention the structure of the Eliza and her monsters. I enjoyed reading extracts from Eliza’s graphic novels. It reminded me of another novel I adore: Carry On.
“There are monsters in the sea.”
Finally, I cannot talk about this book without mentioning the way the author handles difficult topics. This books deals with anxiety and depression, which aren’t easy topics, especially in a Yound Adult novel. Yet Zappia manages it perfectly with delicacy and without overdoing it.
So, to conclude, I highly recommend you give Eliza and her monsters a shot. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.