A review by lilifane
Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective fast-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


Will I ever read the synopsis before reading the book so that I'm not totally surprised by the plot? Who knows. But it's such a fun experience to start a book and be totally taken aback by the story because it was not what I expected (since I didn't expect anything). 

I love reading about protagonists who draw/write. I love reading about fandoms. And I didn't expect to find both here. Both topics are also so well done. So many of the themes in this story are important to me, and I wish I had something like this book when I was a teenager. It still hit way too close sometimes and made me feel too many things. 

Especially the last 20% were... a lot and hard to read. Uff. The love for something and the urge to create vs. the pressure not only from the outside, from other people having expectations of you, but also from yourself and your own expectations.  

It's hopeful, though. It gave me hope that I will some day overcome my art block and pick up a pencil again.  

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