Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
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’ve read this months ago and reviewing just now because I find it hard to review without being biased. But here I am, unfair as before and still superlove this book because it’s one that I can relate to. Being an introvert, that is. Most people(even family members) don’t understand my struggles with socializing. And would sometimes see it as a bad behavior. Ha! So, when I read this book, I am in total agreement with her feelings and sentiments. And naturally, I came to love her, her burning passion for what she loved to do and the beautiful masterpiece that she created. The story also steers on how the internet and the anonymity of social media could be a haven for some people (like me). The storyline isn’t deep or extraordinary but then again, I was totally taken by the truths thrown by this book about people who find comfort in being alone. And describing it not in a bad way. It’s not for everyone but it is definitely for me.