Recently, a blogger (really can’t remember which one, and that’s vexing) said that Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia was a book they felt deserves more hype and recognition. I wholeheartedly agree. I actually read Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia last November as one of my last Book of the Month choices. The story has stuck with me this whole year.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
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.
The story is remarkably emotional. Eliza’s world is turned upside down several times, and her panic is almost palpable. The author’s description is spot on and doesn’t seem to have a word out of place.
Eliza and Wallace’s relationship is cute, and it’s nice to watch it blossom. It shares importance with the rest of the plot rather than overshadowing it, which I appreciated. Wallace is also quite a complex character and well developed. He’s interesting enough that I would actually really like to read the same story but from his perspective.
I think Eliza’s story would be easy to relate to for many people. She has created two lives/personalities for herself essentially, and watching those two things collide is incredibly dramatic. I found myself very concerned for her and what would happen, which made the book very difficult to put down.
It’s a creative story, and I was very surprised when it didn’t take off. I highly, highly recommend this novel.
Happy reading, y’all!