Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaEliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza And Her Monsters

byFrancesca Zappia

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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“A love letter to fandom, friendship, and the stories that shape us, Eliza and Her Monsters is absolutely magical.”—Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times–bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona in this acclaimed novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. “A must-have.”—School Library Journal

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community.

Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school and Eliza 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.

With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book

Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten

Kirkus Best Book

Texas Tayshas Pick

Francesca Zappia lives in central Indiana and is the author of Made You Up. When Francesca is not writing, she’s drawing her characters, reading, or playing video games. She also blogs about writing at www.francescazappia.com. 
Title:Eliza And Her MonstersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.36 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062290134

ISBN - 13:9780062290137


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fine 3.5 stars This is great book. I love Eliza's development at the end of the book and she finally understands that her life is more than Monster Sea. Some part were very emotional and Wallace is a very good love interest. This book talks to everyone and Francesca Zappia sends beautiful messages to her readers but I wished that Eliza would do more effort to improve the family bond because I thought the family dynamic was boring. A quick read, I see how can relate to this story but I didn't blew me away.
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype! This book has been hyped up in the bookish community and I finally see why! The writing was good, the characters were relatable, and I honestly felt like the representation of anxiety was done well. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pleasant surprise ! I was a little shock when I realised that I have read this book in just three days ! I really enjoyed the story in general, quite simple but really interesting. The drawings were a nice little touch and the love story between the characters was simply a delight ! A book to enjoy with a cup of tea and some music :) !
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, just wow! A must-read! This book was NOT what I was expecting and was incredibly surprised by it. Soo so so good. This is a book that touches on a lot of different topics (anxiety, depression, suicide, fandoms, fan fiction, relationships, friendships etc) and I found myself seeing bits of myself within the story. It portrays those sensitive topics of mental health incredibly well and insightfully. I appreciated the rawness of Eliza, the softness of Wallace and the lack of judgement with the online friendships. I wish I had read this book when I was younger and I think it is a great read for teens (and anyone else!) now.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from it was not great I was not impressed by the writing or character development in this book. It could have been so much better ... I was disappointed! Nothing really happens in the first 200 pages, I was bored and had to force myself to keep reading. This book is about social anxiety ... it could have been SO much better. It SHOULD have been so much better. 1/5
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New must-buy author So, easy to say that I have a new book to add to my favorites list. Absolutely loved this. The characters that Zappia gave us are so real and it took me no time at all to fall in love with them. I cared so much about their outcomes and wellbeings. Not only did we get an amazing contemporary but also an engaging fantasy side story. I want to know so much more about Eliza's webcomic "Monstrous Sea". Above all, Zappia's handling of living with anxiety and depression was beautifully written. I've had Zappia's debut book "Made You Up" on my re-read list for ages and now I really can't wait to start it.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! Literally put off reading this for so long and now it is one of my favourites!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute read At the time that I read this book (last year), I gave it four stars on goodreads. Upon further reflection, I feel like this is more of a 3 star read. Eliza was way too hard on her parents, Eliza and Wallace's relationship seems super quirky and cute but now I've realized that they have a lot of issues they have to work on, and there were inconsistencies in the book. For example, Monstrous Sea is so popular that people are tattooing themselves with quotes and so many people are into it at school YET Eliza has never met a real-life fan until Wallace? One of the bullies picking on Wallace even casually mentioned that he was kinda into the series at the beginning before anyone realized Eliza was LadyConstellation. Like WHAT?
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book a great young adult novel about dealing with psychological distorders such as anxiety and first love.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I loved this book so much it is one of my favourites now. The story is so good and the point is so deep. A really emotional book that is also really eye opening.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly loved this book When I bought this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I decided to give it a shot. I went in it pretty much blind and I loved this book. The mental illness portions of the book were sometimes difficult to read about but I thought were very honest.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For Those Whose Lives are Better Online Eliza and Her Monsters is the book I wish I had when I was in high school. It was the book I needed in high school, as the one writing fanfiction, getting lost in the internet world with my internet friends, and generally avoiding the people I went to school with for lack of any interest in them. Back then, I just assumed I was strange. This book would have proved me otherwise.  There were so many things I loved about this book that I'm not sure how to turn this into a well balanced review of pros and cons, so I'm not even going to bother. Here's just all the things I loved about it. What Internet Life is Actually Like: Or at least, this matches exactly what I had experienced and continue to experience in my internet life. Age is more flexible when it comes to making friends online, and Zappia depicts this well, as well as what it's like when people find out real life things about others. What happened in this book could have been a few of the websites I've congregated on over the years. Also the parents who just don't get it was spot on.  The Anxiety/Depression Rep: This was done so well, and it felt so honest. It didn't seem like the author was sticking it in there just to check it off the list, but rather, like it was a natural progression for the characters and it worked so well within the story. Every Single Character in This Book: This is the first time in ages, possibly ever, where I couldn't complain about a single character because I adored them all. They were all wonderful, perfectly imperfect, and had their own things going on. I could complain briefly about Wallace, but I also get where he was coming from towards the end. So even though it annoyed the hell out of me, I can't really fault him for it. It Has Pictures: While most books don't need them, I loved getting a little bit of Eliza's comic throughout, and it just made the experience that much better. The Writing: As I say a lot in my reviews, I like when the writing isn't in the way of the story, and this was definitely the case for this book. It was well written, but I didn't need to pay much attention to that because I was so engrossed in the story. It was also super well paced, which made it hard to put down. All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and can't wait to get a hardcopy to add to my collection. I only wish that this had been around when I was in high school myself, because I needed a book like this back then. If you like fandoms, have internet friends, or love comics and stories, you should definitely check out Eliza and Her Monsters!
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, relatable, for lovers of Fangirl If you liked Fangirl (or if you're into fandom in general), this one follows a similar idea. So relatable with the concept of internet-friends (the conversations with the main character and her two internet friends are sooo charming and hilarious) and parents who don't really understand your interests. Kind of a niche target audience, but even if you aren't a teenager in a fandom, it's still sweet, optimistic, and fun. There's drawings of the main character's webcomic at the end of each chapter, which was a pleasant surprise. My only problem were with the two main characters. Sometimes I felt like they were too angsty, but overall, loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute YA novel I thought this was a cute book, and the characters were relatable.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good, but not great Unfortunately, Eliza and Her Monsters was a 3.5 star read for me. There were many elements to this stand-alone that I enjoyed and found rather insightful. However, I did encounter a few issues throughout the storyline that, to me, sent an incredibly inaccurately message to its readers. I kept trying to remind myself that this was a contemporary repeatedly while reading, but in the end I was left feeling slightly discontented when the mental health aspect of this story was overshadowed by the dramatic romance. Before I get into my review, let me make it clear that any feelings or opinions of this book are subjective. WHAT I LIKED: - The family dynamic was interesting and a realistic representation. - Certain aspects of this book will be relatable to many people no matter their age. - The author wrote a very easy to follow narrative. - The artwork was stunning. (However, I recommend that you purchase a physical copy because my e-book did not do the artwork the justice it deserved!) - The discussion of birth control and seeing a doctor before engaging in a sexual relationship is always an awkward conversation, so it's nice to see more YA books touching on this topic. - A touch of diversity. WHAT I HAD AN ISSUE WITH: Anxiety, depression etc., does not discriminate against anyone. I am not a doctor by any means but commonsensically speaking, I believe this statement to be agreeable by many. You can have $1 in your bank account or $1 million and still suffer from mental health issues. I was extremely disappointed when it was implied—whether intentionally or not—that people who have a “good life” aren’t entitled to feel a certain way. Also, the point that I’m trying to convey here should NOT be confused with those who are well-off but ignorant of their blessings. There is a major difference. I wish the author clarified or elaborated on this issue further but she didn’t. This story was relatable on so many levels but at the same time it was also UNrelatable. It had the potential, to me at least, to be a five-star read if the author had chosen to focus more on the mental health aspect instead of dragging its reader through typically YA drama. I get that there needs to be a climax in every story, but the climax shouldn’t have focused so much on the insta-love relationship. I also thought this book would have been even more relatable, more realistic and more impactful if Eliza hadn’t been as famous. That's just a personal preference though. I really did like Eliza's personality, but I found it hard to invest myself in her character. Instead, I constantly felt myself gravitate more towards Wallace. WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Of course! It is super important to bring awareness, get people discussing, and educate those who aren’t as informed of the struggles that many people emotionally battle on a day-to-day basis.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic But Still Romantic and Sweet def a lot more emotional and darker than i expected but I really liked how this book dealt with mental health and anxiety in particular theres still some light fluffy moments and i really really really like sully and church (that intervention scene tho S H O O K) sweet potato pie
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and real This book is very enjoyable and every reader could love this very much. Eliza deals with many real problems like anxiety. This is great book and its deserves the hype. I love Eliza's development at the end of the book and she finally understands that her life is more than Monster Sea. Some part were very emotional and Wallace is a very good love interest. This book talks to everyone and Francesca Zappia sends beautiful messages to her readers.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite read of 2017 This book is a love letter to fandom and to creators. It is a compelling story from start to finish, and it handles difficult themes well. If you loved fangirl and carry on by Rainbow Rowell, this book will appeal to you too. Even though I've long since finished the book, I still wish that Monstrous Sea was a real comic, because I'd love to read that too.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good This book dealt with so many important topics and it was beautifully done! I highly recommend you read this book
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I was drawn to this book as soon as I read the premise! It sounded so good and when I saw that it was recommended for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl – which I loved – I knew I had to read it! Eliza’s story was something I could relate to right away, not because I’m creative or anything, but because her anxiety was something I understood. Each of us have our own unique experiences, but there was so much of Eliza’s that felt familiar to me. And Wallace, too, was someone I could identify with in some ways. And as great as all that is, sometimes reading about someone’s anxiety that feels so accurate to me can momentarily plunge me into those feelings. I also liked the way that fandom was such a big part of this book. Eliza created The Monstrous Sea so she wasn’t a fan, but she saw how its fans reacted to her work and how important it was to them. And she was a fan of other things, and as someone who is passionate about what I love (books, Supernatural) and who has, on more than one occasion, turned down a social invitation to stay in and read or watch my favourite show, I loved the way this book portrayed positive aspects of fandom. But it also showed how fandom pressure and expectations can affect creators. I really liked so much of this book: the story, the characters, the romance…definitely recommended! (Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was an Enjoyable read I really enjoyed this book but it took some time before I got into it. The author did a great job representing a character with anxiety and depression. I loved the romantic relationship between the two main characters. However; I struggled with the relationship the main character had with her family as she was always very short with them but I guess that represents how a teenager does deal with their parents during that phase in their life. This was a great book and would highly suggest the read to anyone who is thinking about picking this book up! It was also neat to have artwork through the story, as well as few e-mails and Insta-messaging. I give this book a 4.5/5
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unique story this is a unique book that has illustrations throughout. The MC owns a web comic and is very famous on the internet and struggles to keep her online life and IRL separate
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was very difficult to get into
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! This book was just so adorable. I loved the portrayal of what a teenager’s life is truly like these days. It was so humble and cute and just a fun read. It also delved into mental health in a subtle way, slowly building up to it that many can relate to. If you want to grab a book that’s adorable in the best YA way possible grab Eliza And Her Monsters.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my new favourite book. I loved Eliza and Wallace so much. I loved how creative Francesca Zappia was with the glimpses we got of Monstrous Sea and The Children of Hypnos. Side note: Check out the authors wattpad page where she posts Monstrous Sea and The Children of Hypnos content!!! https://www.wattpad.com/user/ChessieZ... I also loved how Eliza’s anxiety was dealt with and explained, it felt so real. “I don’t want to be the girl who freezes when confronted with new friends, or the outside world, or the smallest shred of intimacy. I don’t want to be alone in a room all the time. I don’t want to feel alone in a room all the time, even when there are other people around." I really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the story and all the introvert and internet appreciation love. Eliza spends all of her time online and her parents don't understand at first how online friends can be "real friends." I related to Eliza's story so much and I adored all of the side characters as well. This book is so well executed and I can't recommend it more! Also I want a sequel to this so badly, I’m not ready to leave Eliza’s world yet!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I give this book an entire constellation! Unique. Real. Powerful. This wasn't a book, this was a journey. This book was so realistic and its emotions were so raw and powerful that I felt them deep in my bones. Do yourself a favor and go read this beautiful piece of art. This book was like a breath of fresh air, like coming up for air after you've stayed underwater for too long. This book it's not like the other contemporary novels you read because, different from them, Eliza and Her Monsters is realistic (at least more realistic than the other novels). I guess picking up this book was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It opened up my mind to many things. And I am sure that it will light a light onto the path of those who fell alone and helpless. Eliza Mirk is many things, and strong is one of them. "Our stories have lives of their own — and it's up to us to make them mean something."
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved this book. A great read and very relatable characters.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I made the mistake of starting this book one evening and I had to force myself to put it down at 2am (I had to get up at 7 with my kids!). It was just so easy to get pulled in and so hard to put down. I pretty much picked it right back up after dropping my daughter off at school and read until it was done. The raw emotions that this book has are so intense and I was able to connect with Eliza on that least. It's an ugly cry type of book, but I wouldn't change it because it gives such a good glimpse into how mental illnesses can be for some people. I will be trying to push this book on everyone I know! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Representation Unlike Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, another popular YA novel, I thoroughly related to this novel. It is about teen girl Eliza Mirk who is actively a member of a fandom community. Not many books are able to understand the true nature of fangirls.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure how to rate this This book is perfect for so many readers out there. I myself didn't relate to the characters but the story was good.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Love the characters! Love the story! Honestly a must read.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Picking Up I loved the story and the characters. It is relatable and I felt like I could understand every character in this book. I actually reread it as soon as I finished it. I like being able to see Eliza's web comic in bits and pieces. Worth a read.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from relatable and realistic I have to thank this book for it's accurate portrayal of social anxiety and also reminding me why I love fan culture so much and how helpful fandoms and an online community can be
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars for a realistic portrayal of a girl with social anxiety and the Fangirl feelings I felt while reading this. I couldn't help but make comparisons between this book and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl with regards to the heroine having social anxiety and being a famous author/creator in a widely popular fandom. I could relate to Eliza at times throughout the novel when it came to her social life of online friends minus being popular on the Internet. Her webcomic was interesting despite only seeing snippets of it throughout the book. I liked the friendship she had between her online friends Emmy and Max. The love interest Wallace though, ahh, I really liked him and there were a ton of cute but awkward moments between him and Eliza until the last quarter of the book. Overall, Eliza and Her Monsters was a fun read and I'm curious to see what Zappia will write next.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Hype! Oh my goodness. Let's hope I can get my thoughts out clearly because at this moment, I feel like I'm suffering some sort of shock from the amazingness that is this book. First, let me state outright, I didn't think I was going to like this book. I was hearing about it everywhere but I still had some preconcieved notion that this book was going to be overly hyped and that I wouldn't like it. Man, I was wrong. SO WRONG. This book is a major shout out to the introverted readers/gamers/writers/whatever you are, out there. I think this is where the majority of the popularity of this novel stems. Yes, the story is amazing (really, really, amazing) but the main character of Eliza (or even Wallace for that matter) is extremely relatable. Yes, maybe readers aren't relating to her exact circumstances but I think that most readers are identifying with some of the difficulties and emotions that she goes through. I loved everything about this novel. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the different formatting integrated within the book. I also loved the glimpses of Eliza's comic Monstrous Sea and even wish there was more to read aside from what is in this novel. For many that are within the reading community, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a favourite because they relate to that story. For me, I didn't necessarily relate or enjoy that story as much. Eliza and Her Monsters was that story for me. There were moments within this story that I was left sitting there in shock that Francesca could be writing of a character that I related and identified perfectly with. I definitely recommend this book. For those in any fandom as well as those who are not in any fandom. I think many will enjoy and relate to different aspects within this story. Do not let the hype sway you because in this case, the hype is warranted. What a beautiful and incredible novel! Thank you Francesca Zappia!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book so much! Absolutely in love with this book! The storyline is great and characters are all really fleshed out. I also really enjoyed drawings as well.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it so much! I was pretty sure I was going to like this book when I started it, just based on the description. And I was correct. I loved it! I couldn't put it down, and finished it in 1 day! I loved the characters, I could really relate to them. I also loved the little sketches and stuff!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book so surprised how much i loved this book. everyone should read it if they have the opportunity
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing but amazing! Eliza and her Monsters was a book that truly moved me and my emotions. The first half of the book was sweet, but the second half left me crying. Such an addicting book that I'd definitely recommend to anyone! If your looking for a book that will move you, this is the one. I hope more books like this one come out.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Eliza and her Monsters was such a surprise to me. The beginning is all sweet and basically an ode to the internet and fandoms. However,the second half of the book had me in tears, and you know a book is good when it makes you cry. I really liked how Zappia explored Eliza's state of mind and her surroundings. I loved how she showed how supportive friends, even through the internet, and a supportive family makes all the difference. We need more books like this one.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! Really love this book! Such a different kind of setting but really fun. Loved the characters's development throughout this book
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 STARS!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I got it in my OwlCrate and so glad I did! It was a fast read that was full of feels and I completely fell in love with the characters!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You found me in a Constellation I was a bit skeptical of this book, the first time I picked this book up, but I'm glad I did! I finished this book in one sitting and it was fully emotional, with its humor, and even sad with the mental health aspect. An adorable contemporary book that you wont regret reading!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Emotional I didn't expect to love Eliza and Her Monsters as much as I did. I wasn't a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, but Eliza and Her Monsters is very much its own novel and I feel as though comparisons can't be made. What really makes this novel stand out for me is that Eliza Mirk feels incredibly real -- she has faults and makes mistakes and feels so strongly in ways that, while not always relatable, feel genuine. By the end of the novel Eliza feels like a friend, and it's extremely gratifying to see her grow. Her romance with Wallace, while sweet and an enjoyable read about awkward teenagers figuring out how relationships work, is not the focal point; Eliza's emotional journey in finding a balance in her life and a way to be understood in her family is. Unlike many YA novels, Eliza's family, despite not always being on the same page as her, are never strictly unlikeable and grow right alongside Eliza. All of the characters in this novel, from Eliza's internet friends to her homeroom teacher to Wallace's friends, are well developed and interesting. I could read entire novels about anyone in this book. Finally, I loved the drawings from Eliza's webcomic and the excerpts of Wallace's transcriptions throughout. They -- and the story of Monstrous Seas -- were interesting and engaging while never taking away from Eliza's story, showcases the importance that Monstrous Seas IS Eliza's story. A wonderful read I'll definitely revisit in the future, and will probably cry over at least 5 more times in my life.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! The only problem I had with this book was the way Eliza treated her family.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Received this book through my owlcrate subscription..im not much of a contemporary fan but this one was sweet and enjoyable. Its not the typical contemporary. A shy and quiet girl with anxiety who hides behind her fantasy world she creates in her comic... a truly loveable character.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing! Many people compare Eliza and her Monsters to the book, Fangirl. But in my opinion, is was even better than Fangirl! This book was so different from the usual contemporaries I read. The plot was so different and the writing was just perfect. This book just blew my mind!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Found This Book In A Constellation I LOVED this book!!! The story, the characters, I just fell in love with the whole thing!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book of 2017 Ok. First of all. Favourite book of 2017. Hands down. Besides reading during breaks at work today, I read this in two sittings. I read a 400 page book in two sittings. BECAUSE IT WAS AMAZING AND I LOVED IT AND IT HAS MY HEART AND I CAN'T EVEN PROCESS IT. I can't. I loved so much about this story, you don't even know. I felt like I related so much to this (not because of the famous stuff because I'm not famous haha), but because of the writing stuff, and not having people understand it. Or having people think they support you, but they don't actually support you in the ways that matter to you. Or when people DO support you in ways that matter to you, and how that affects you as well. All of it. The understanding stuff got me the most. The understanding and support stuff from family made me cry. Like really cry. I was lying in bed next to my boyfriend and I was trying so hard not to full on sob that it hurt. Physically. Because my body needed to sob and I was letting it. Also all the stuff about the fanfiction and people saying quotes from Eliza's comic and how AMAZING that would be, and having people understand her characters like they're real people I just... I can't. If you are a writer or an artist, you NEED to read this book. And if you like reading, you also need to read this book. But I think people who put themselves out there in different forms of art would really appreciate this story. I am so glad I got to read this book. This book was everything. Seriously.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I really did enjoy the story. The writing was very good and the story flowed nicely. I had trouble with the main character...when it came to her comic it seemed less like a mental health issue and more like she was just self-absorbed. Definitely got on my nerves sometimes. Anyways, good overall and I would recommend!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic look at teen mental health Eliza and Her Monsters arrived in the May Owlcrate - complete with an exclusive cover! I went into this book totally blind, which I think is always a good thing. This book is near perfect. The characters have nuance and depth, and the world Zappia has created is realistic and detailed. The artwork included is beautiful as well. But more than anything else, this book covers mental health amazingly well. Social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts - Zappia has covered it all with a level of realism and compassion that I haven't really seen in YA fiction before. I could see myself in Eliza, and I felt for her on so many levels. I'll admit, I teared up a bit at times too. I truly believe that this story could help so many teens that are struggling right now - teachers should add this to their classrooms and parents should take a look too. I know I'll be recommending this book - a lot.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Read this so fast that I was sad when I finished. Enjoyed this novel from start to finish and is great for beginners wanting to read a contemporary.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good i had some problems with this but overall it was cute
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There Are Monsters In the Sea I've been looking forward to this book's release for ages! I loved the concept and then I read it and ultimately fell in love with the entire thing - fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl: you've got your next great read RIGHT HERE! If you've ever delved into the world of online fandoms, you will NOT be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet this one wasn't perfect but it was still a fun read
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. This book. Just wow. I picked it up in the morning and I didn't put it down until that night. The characters suck you in and put you through every emotion; from happiness and outright laughing to sobbing and trying to read through my tears, this book was a journey that I am so happy to have gone on with Eliza and Wallace. I can tell that this book is going to really stick with me and with many other readers, it is not one to forget.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Found Me In A Constellation I read this book in two days. It's been awhile since I've done that. This story made me smile and made me want to cry. This story is so incredibly wonderful! I want the whole world to meet Eliza Mirk. The author paints such a realistic picture of anxiety and I just want to jump up and down and saw she gets it! She understand how it feels. This book has love, pain, anxiety, and hope. Please read it. You will not be disappointed. I'm ready to reread it right now.
Date published: 2017-05-29

Editorial Reviews

“Zappia punctuates prose sections with Monstrous Sea artwork and online chats...she pointedly delves into the way fandoms can smother the creators they live. ...a compelling read on the labyrinths of imagination and the simple pleasures of ordinary life.”