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Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

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joppiereading's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

It is a fun book that took me back to my teenage years and manages to capture the feelings of teenage fandoms without becoming cringy - which is quite impressive! There’s some nice elements of mystery that are tied in well with the other elements of the plot. I didn’t connect with the characters (particularly Eliza and Wallace) as much, though, which made the inner monologue unnecessarily moody. I was a moody, online teenager myself and Eliza’s portrayal was too over the top for me. I would have loved less of the moody, inevitable buildup and more of the final period of the book - what happens in the next Summer? 

Spoiler P.S. Were readers supposed to root for Wallace and Eliza after his anger and inability to understand her block? Because that turned their relationship rather unhealthy to me.

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_mariah_'s review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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shahdhazem's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

This was such an easy quick read for me I got in literally knowing nothing at all so I was expecting more action and fantasy you know but it was just a normal contemporary it was fun to read tho and I loved the idea that they both were these really famous people online but in real life they're just desperate teens. I think the author managed the topics of suicide and anxiety really well but what made me lower the rating is that I couldn't feel for the characters I really don't know how to explain it but I couldn't sympathise with Eliza or Wallace or even swoon for the romance I don't know if this is a problem with the writing or the characters themselves I have no idea. I'm not "not recommending" it I guess it's a decent book and I understand why people would love it but it's certainly not the best for me. 

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liz_241's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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pollylovesbooks's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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bobbiejowoo's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

SpoilerThis one is tough for me to rate and review. I went into it expecting something different? But I didn’t mind when I realized I had the wrong idea. 

This book was easy to read, and I liked the characters- mostly. I had a ton of trouble keeping up with the bits from her comic, and ended up just skipping those- which I’m sure means I missed out on some parallels, but that’s okay. 

The real problem for me comes in with the way that the mental health issues and character conflicts are concerned. I did NOT like the relationship between Eliza and her parents. Though, I understand that some child/parent relationships are just like this. 

The biggest one though, is when Wallace puts all that stress/guilt/pressure on Eliza. Not so much that that happened, because people sometimes don’t realize the burden they are putting on people. 

But the fact that even after going to therapy Eliza NEVER confronts Wallace about this. It is never her responsibility to take care of him. It’s not her responsibility to “just finish” so HE can have a book deal and pay for college and have an easier life. 

I’m big mad she didn’t stand up to him about this and address the situation.
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However that all being said. I did enjoy this book. It’s worth a read for sure. 

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beccaand's review

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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sparkofash1129's review against another edition

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challenging emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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frantic_vampire's review against another edition

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emotional funny sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I really needed this book. Like, holy crap. Why did I wait so long to read this one? It hit home with the anxiety rep and so many other things. I feel a little wrung out emotionally from this book, but I guess that means I really needed to read it. I don’t know if it would have had the same impact if I hadn’t read it now.

I loved that this book didn’t shy away from talking about depression and anxiety. I also loved that it talked so much about the friendships that are formed online and within fandom communities. I also loved the sibling relationships! I liked that Eliza’s brothers were so protective of her but also total little brothers about everything.

I honestly loved this book and I just want to dive in for a reread right now. This deserves all the stars. And it’s getting them. I’m giving Eliza and Her Monsters a solid five out of five stars.

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bethsbookshelf's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 7/10
Pace: 10/10
Writing: 7/10
Diversity: 4/10
World-Building: 9/10
Ending: 5/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
OVERALL: 61/80 (7.5/10)

Omg. This book, man. This book. I’ve been excited to read this since it was released YEARS ago and I was putting it off - no, saving it - for a time when I felt slumpy. Now was that time. I wasn’t enjoying other books, I kept DNF-ing and I needed something fun, cute and young adult. As soon as I started this, I was hooked & I kind of felt at home. Eliza is such a relatable character to me: creative, introverted and stuffed full of anxiety. She likes staying in her own room, watching her favourite shows and writing her 6,000,000 follower blog. Anonymously, of course.

Then she meets Wallace and she’s pulled from her comfort zone. He doesn’t speak; only writes her notes or sends texts, but they have one thing in common: They both love Monstrous Sea. The only thing is, he doesn’t know that she’s the creator.

And she doesn’t tell him for understandable reasons, but of course, like all plots where there’s a huge lie festering, it’s going to either make or break the main characters.

Here’s what I loved about this novel:

1. Wallace and Eliza have the cutest meet-cute of all. He doesn’t talk much at the start, and she totally accepts that. She stands up for him to the bullies and they both realise they love the same web-comic. They hang out, in silence, yet still have so much to say to each other. What’s even more is that he’s actually writing fan fiction and a prose version of her web-comic. That’s how much he loves her work! And he doesn’t even know she’s the creator. Which makes me love how much he loves her, that he actually devotes his free-time to her, before even knowing that Eliza is Lady Constellation! 

2. The way the author wrote about the internet. As someone who has grown up in the digital age, she wrote it SO well. In a way that wasn’t cringe or farcy, but as if the internet is a real place. She wrote about the feelings and emotions attached to the safety and vastness of the internet and I loved how Eliza hid and thrived in it. 

3. Wallace. For the most part. For the first half of this book, I freaking LOVED Wallace. He was a total darling: sweet, funny, shy, yet confident. He knew he was. His character took a dive, but I still loved him in the beginning. 

4. The format of the novel. It’s written in first-person present, but mixed with emails, text messages, comics, images and more. Loved it. 

5. Eliza’s brothers. Church and Sully are pretty annoying the whole way through the novel but they come through at the end and actually ended up saving half the novel for me.

6. The coming-of-age aspect. Eliza has a fantastic character arc that is almost flawless (take away Wallace). I actually wish the ending wasn’t as rushed, and Eliza was a little more self-sufficient, but I do love the therapy scene and how she managed herself.

7. The way the author wrote about anxiety and depression. She described it so well that I think even people who hadn’t experienced it would get it, but not in an overly preachy way. I also like that it wasn’t a big deal that Eliza went on meds.

Overall, I thought his was a cute romantic coming-of-age story with a fantastic premise. However, there were a few things that really ruined the novel for me:

1. There were parts of this novel that didn’t seem consistent. Little things, like a character saying they weren’t mad when a few pages before they were saying they were super angry. It felt like the editing of this was a little rushed. Then there were stupid things like, a really cute romantic scene punctuated by a toilet flushing. Not funny or necessary. Didn’t like things like that.

2. Wallace’s character arc is potentially one of the worst i’ve ever seen. He starts out the most freaking cutest and then ends up being THE WORST, but doesn’t get punished for it. Instead, the author rewards him!! I won’t give spoilers but beware. It hurts.

3. Eliza’s freaaaaaking parents. They’re worst than Wallace tbh. They just want her to be this athletic, healthy, but not too skinny, 4.0 gpa girl. But that’s not who she is. She hates sports. She’s not got muscle on her. She’s just who she is. They haven’t checked her blog in 2 years so they don’t realise she’s mustered up 6 million followers and can pay for her own college, so instead, they hold all this stuff against her while not ever asking her: HOW ARE YOU TODAY? And they basically end up ruining her life tbh. Hated them. They were the worst.

4. Eliza and Wallace’s ending.

So yeah. That’s why I dropped 1+ stars. Bitter, because it could have been a 4.5 star read for me!!!!

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