Prepare to fangirl the ‘eff out!
Book: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins)
Release date: 13th July 2017
Stop what you’re doing, put everything down and come a little closer. This book is one YA read that you don’t want to miss out on. Sure, I may say that about a lot of books but Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia completely deserves the hype. The story is a celebration of fandoms and online communities. In many ways, it reminds me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and if you enjoy fangirling about fangirling then you’ll love every minute of it.
So what’s the book about?
Meet Eliza Mirk, also known as LadyConstellation, she’s the author of one of the internet’s biggest webcomics and spends most of her time creating the hugely-popular, Monstrous Sea. Packed full of incredible drawings and a gripping storyline, Eliza’s comic receives millions of views a day but her identify remains completely anonymous. That’s until a huge Monstrous Sea fan and well-known fanfic writer joins her school and befriends her. Uh oh! Can you tell where this is going? Naturally, things are smooth sailing for Eliza and Wallace to begin with. But, when Eliza’s secret alter-ego is accidentally shared with the world, things takes a drastic tumble. Poor Eliza!
What did I think of it?
I read Eliza and Her Monsters in one sitting and loved it from start to finish. The story is incredibly creative and an enjoyable mix of graphic art, fictional narrative and snippets of IM conversations that Eliza has with her friends Emmy and Max. Eliza, herself, is an amazing character. If you spent too much time online, write or read fanfic or know the importance of Internet friendships, then you’ll be able to relate to her so much. Emmy is also a great character. She’s a 14-year-old engineering prodigy and has some hilarious lines and witty comebacks.
The book does comes with a slight trigger warning. Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are frequently discussed. But, the portrayal of these issues is well thought-out and at times so realistic it’s heartbreaking. Many bookworms on GoodReads have praised Francesca’s ability to write about mental health in such a real way and I have to agree. She’s a great writer and after reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I can’t wait to delve into more of her work.
Who should read it?
So who would I recommend this book to then? Well, if you love Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell you need to pick Eliza and Her Monsters up ASAP. Grab a copy for yourself, your sister and your BFF, while you’re at it – it’s that good. The book can be purchased from Amazon by clicking here. Alternatively, you should also see if your local library has a copy in stock. Happy reading!