A review by frantic_vampire
Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia
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
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.
Graphic: Suicidal thoughts, Mental illness, and Panic attacks/disorders
Moderate: Bullying, Car accident, Death of parent, Grief, Injury/Injury detail, Mental illness, Suicide, and Suicide attempt
Minor: Dysphoria, Eating disorder, Grief, and Suicidal thoughts
The suicide, car accident, and death of a parent tags are for Wallace’s dad. The suicidal thoughts and suicide attempt tags are for Eliza. Though she didn’t go through with the suicide attempt in the end.