“Disappearing is an art form, and I am its queen.”
Title: Eliza and her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young adult fiction
Published: 30 May 2017
This book follows the main character Eliza Mirk, a creator of a successful web-comic; Monstrous Sea. Eliza is a high school senior with anxiety, she’s a weirdo at school without any friends. However, on the internet she goes by name of LadyConstellation and she’s the queen of millions passionate fans. Eliza’s parents do not understand that Eliza spends most of her time on the internet, she does not have friends only the ones she chats with online. Eliza has maintained her anonymity about Monstrous Sea. When a new student (Wallace) is mocked for writing fanfiction, Eliza finds it in her voice to defend him. Wallace is a famous monstrous sea fanfiction writer and they become friends after she stood up for him. Eliza needs to make a decision, whether to reveal her online identity to Wallace.
Will Eliza maintain her anonymity?
I really enjoyed the depiction of depression and anxiety in the story. It was portrayed in a simple yet understandable manner. Eliza’s character is relatable throughout the story, which is mostly what happens in reality, whereby teenagers spend most of their time in the internet.
The depiction of the parents was so real in the story. Most parents born before the internet age, do not understand why their kids end up spending most of the time in the internet. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Eliza and her parents and all the measures they took to make Eliza start interacting or making friends other than the ones from the internet.
The writing style is simple and it was easy to follow along with the story.
The plot twist was incredible.
At the beginning I felt it was slow but not in a bad way and the last 100 pages were amazing (I sobbed until the end).
Overall, this was a fantastic read, fast paced, relatable and relevant. I’d really recommend this book to anyone.
5 / 5 stars
“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt. The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”
Those were my thoughts, if you’ve read this book, please share your thoughts below.
Until next time!