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There are Monsters in the sea | Review:​ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the 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.


Review: Before starting my review, I would like to say OMG! The illustrations in the book are gorgeous! Like, seriously!

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The protagonist of this book is a high school senior named Eliza Mirk and it is about the unseen monsters in Eliza’s life.

“Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.

I liked reading Author Francesca Zappia’s previous book – Made You Up and this book was somehow better than the first one. I think that many of us, who deal with anxiety, will relate to this book. Eliza Mirk is an introvert, balancing high school with writing one of the most famous comics on the internet. Eliza, better known as LadyConstellation is the creator of a webcomic called Monstrous Sea.

Eliza’s entire world is on the Internet but soon she encounters a boy called Wallace at school who is a fan of Monstrous Sea. To her surprise, Eliza discovers that Wallace is none other than the most famous fanfic writer of Monstrous Sea: rainmaker . Wallace also doesn’t talk and prefers to write to Eliza. Meanwhile, Eliza is befuddled, not knowing what to do now that she has met a real outside the realms of the Internet.

Soon, barriers come down between Eliza and Wallace as Wallace recruits Eliza as a beta reader for his book (on Monstrous Sea). As they grow even closer, Eliza debates whether to divulge her secrets to Wallace. As the pressure to deliver more Monstrous Sea comic pages looms on Eliza, will she crumble under the pressure or will she persevere? How will Wallace and Eliza’s new friends react after Eliza’s anonymity is unveiled? To know the answer to your questions,read Eliza and her monsters.

Eliza’s thoughts were refreshing. This book opens our eyes on the relationship between authors and their fans. I would not call this a light on emotions book. This book not only deals with webcomics, fanfics, art but also with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts. I related to this book because it highlighted the issues faced by myself and many others.

Creating art is a lonely task, which is why we introverts revel in it, but when we have fans looming over us, it becomes loneliness of a different sort. We become caged animals watched by zoo-goers, expected to perform lest the crowd grow bored or angry. It’s not always bad. Sometimes we do well, and the cage feels more like a pedestal.

Overall, Eliza and Her Monsters is one of the best books I’ve read in 2018. This made me feel so many emotions. It showed me that there are monsters everywhere..even inside of us but we have the power to fight those monsters and emerge victoriously.

Verdict: This one gets 4½ out of 5 stars from me.

Author: Find author Francesca Zappia on Goodreads.

  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books ( HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Publication Date: May 2017
  • Hardcover: 385 Pages

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