Eliza & Her Monsters is a FABULOUS book by Francesca Zappia. Originally published in 2017 Eliza & Her Monsters is the story of Eliza Mirk and her life… Well…
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.
I found this book totally by chance walking in a bookstore one day. Saw the cover, was intrigued. Read the jacket and HAD to have it. While I have never made webcomics, I have posted content online. And I have had to stick to a posting schedule which can be tough, especially when things happen and when holidays come around and this book felt true to life in a sense.
I read this book for the second time in audio format and I didn’t love it any less than the first time I read it. I even went so far as to purchase another book of Zappia’s I read in Kindle format as an audiobook as well a few months later and I just re-downloaded another book of hers to listen to again.
I’m not the type to listen to a book (or read it) more than once unless it really holds meaning for me and Zappia’s work sticks with me. I cannot recommend her works enough.
If you read or have read Zappia’s work before let me know. I’d love to talk about her writing! Have recommendations that sound similar to her? Share them. Please! I love book recommendations!