Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Original Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Mental Health
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza 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.
*No spoilers below.
Forget John Green because Francesca Zappia’s Young Adult writing blows his out of the water. I have read only two books by her, because that’s all she has published, but I will be reading every single one she puts out from this day on.
Eliza Mirk, the protagonist and narrator of this novel, won my heart. I was immersed into her life and rooting for her consistently. I loved following her through her very first love and just being in her head, relating to her in so many ways. Her accomplishments felt like my own, her growth made me so proud.
The side characters were amazing. I loved each and every one of them. Sully and Church turned out to be my favorite, they pulled the most tear-jerking scene. Totally touched my heart. Wallace was a close second, he was everything you could ask for and more. I needed him in Eliza’s life as much as she did.
I admit, I wouldn’t have minded if Monstrous Sea wasn’t at the end of so many chapters. I enjoyed the drawings and photos but, I couldn’t wait to get through each piece of that webcomic story. I did like the text conversations, e-mails, and status update pages though. The writing was flawless, absolutely beautiful, super easy-to-read and had an effortless flow.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: July 24-July 29, 2019
That computer is my rabbit hole; the internet is my wonderland. I am only allowed to fall into it when it doesn’t matter if I get lost.
My parents wonder why I don’t have more friends, and this is why: because I don’t want to be friends with these people.
A lot of people move slow because they meander, like they don’t know where they’re going, or don’t want to get there.
“Good exercise,” aka the actual worst phrase in the English language next to “wake up” and “all the eggs are gone.”
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.
People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers, It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd.
It is amazing how much you can learn when you keep your mouth shut.
Do you ever have an idea for a story, or a character, or even a line of dialogue or something, and suddenly it seems like the whole world is brighter? Like everything opens up, and everything makes sense?
I think that’s why they call it a breakthrough. It cracks you open and lets light in.
There are monsters out in the world, but usually the worst monsters live inside us.
How can you be mad that something doesn’t happen, when it would hurt another person?
We all need something that lets us go a little numb.
How can I want something so badly but become so paralyzed every time I even think about taking it?
If something seemed too difficult for us, it was all the more reason to try.
I don’t want to spend my life doing something I hate. If you know what you’re meant to do, if you know what you love, why not do that?
It’s not that I don’t like the outdoors. It’s that I don’t see the point of the outdoors when there’s so much I could be doing indoors.
The truth has a way of holding on. Truth is the worst monster, because it never really goes away.
The things you care most about are the ones that leave the biggest holes.
Nature doesn’t care if we feel so heavy we might sink into the ground and never be able to pull ourselves out again. Nature doesn’t care who I am, online or off, and it doesn’t mind if I need to lie here for a while.
Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.
We create for many reasons–wealth, fame, love, admiration–but I find the one thing that produces the best results is desire.
Like life, what gives a story its meaning is the fact that it ends. Our stories have lives of their own–and it’s up to us to make them mean something.