Book: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
I was trying to find a book that reminded me of Fangirl for a really long time, and I’m happy to say that I finally found it. Not only that but, Eliza and Her Monsters is so much better. This book is so good that I finished it in one sitting.
“I made Monstrous Sea because it’s the story I wanted. I wanted a story like it, and I couldn’t find one, so I created it myself.”
The first thing I loved about this book was they way anxiety was handled. Eliza was the anonymous creator of Monstruos Sea which is a famous webcomic. As I said, she was anonymous so she used LadyConstellation as a username. However, something happens and her identity gets released so her mental health and stability begins to wreck. It made me sad reading how she couldn’t handle her anxiety. I haven’t been diagnosed but you know when you have something and it’s horrible. Anxiety is not a joke but it should be more represented in YA books because it is real and we go through it every single day. We want to relate to characters, and I’m glad Francesca made that possible.
“I’m so tired. I’m tired of anxiety that twists my stomach so hard I can’t move the rest of my body. Tired of constant vigilance. Tired of wanting to do something about myself, but always taking an easy way out.”
The romance was predictable but still cute. I loved Wallace so much. He was so kind to her, and he was her biggest fan. He made her happy, and in a way, I think he helped her to feel better emotionally. They both had their own secrets which were something normal because sometimes there are things we have to keep to ourselves until we’re ready to talk about them. On the other hand, we have Eliza’s relationship with her family. I totally understand why she acted so indifferent with her parents but, why with her brothers? Yes, they were annoying but those two little boys got her back when she needed someone to help her. They knew everything about her, and even though she thought they weren’t interested in her life, they did everything they could to know and understand her better. The characters aren’t perfect; they have flaws and problems, that’s what made them so realistic.
“My body gets excited without my permission, and it’s not okay. It’s out of control. I don’t like out of control, but I like Wallace.”
This is the first book by Francesca Zappia that I’ve ever read, and I must say that I loved her writing style. It is so easy to read that you won’t be able to stop, and when you notice, you’ll realize that you already read 100 pages or more. I think the plot twist was amazing. I knew her identity was going to be revealed (the synopsis told us that) but I had no idea it was going to happen that way. That part made me really sad because she was freaking out. Even though there were fans saying good things to her, she wasn’t ready to have her identity revealed; it was something she didn’t know how to handle.
Most of you will feel related to Eliza because all of her friends were online friends, we ALL have online friends; she when through writer’s block, I’m not a writer and I don’t see myself being one but I know some of you are and you guys go through writer’s block sometimes; and she was introvert, some of us are just like that.
“I do have friends. Maybe they live hundreds of miles away from me, and maybe I can only talk to them through a screen, but they’re still my friends. They don’t just hold Monstrous Sea together. They hold me together. Max and Emmy are the reason any of this exists.”
Overall, this is one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read. It has art made by the author, cute boy, hilarious online friends, fandoms, fan fiction, snippets of her webcomic, and so much more. I loved this so much, and I’m going to keep saying it until I die. You must read this book, trust me. Her writing style is so
freaking amazing, guys. All of you always ask for a good portrayal of mental health, and Francesca gave it to us. The portrayal of mental health in this book is so accurate, and that made me happy.
Trigger warnings: anxiety, bullying, suicide, suicidal thoughts
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