Review: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Title: Eliza and her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Pages: 385 Pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

The Blurb

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s Lady Constellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea.

Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her 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 Review

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a very interesting book that can be found among the emerging subgenre of Mental Health in young adult fiction.

It also highlights a growing trend among young people about online identity and real life identity. How the internet gives you much more freedom and fake anonymity.

Eliza uses the internet as not only her bread and butter but as a protective shield.

I really enjoyed reading Eliza and Her Monsters but it was a darker young adult fiction than I was expecting. You are kept at a distance from Eliza, like the other characters in the book, you aren’t allowed to get too close.

The graphics used to further the story are beautifully evocative and perfectly captured the mood and also acted as an allegory to the story written within the pages.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is available now.

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35 Stars

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