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

challenging dark emotional hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Content warnings for anxiety, depression, mentions of suicide and suicidal thoughts, fatphobia and disordered eating patterns. 
As soon as I heard this compared to 'Fangirl' I knew that I had to read it at some point because I absolutely love 'Fangirl'. And I completely understand those comparisons, but for me it wasn't quite as strong, however it was still a delight to lose myself in. As someone who identified highly with Eliza I love all the writing about the internet, fandoms and online friends because that is my zone. And the use of different kinds of media use to tell the story as well as normal prose was extra fun and engaging. The anxiety and depression representation was excellent, I particularly liked when Eliza got to meet with a professional and talk out what she was experiencing and going through. The only reason this isn't a five star is that some of the relationship resolutions didn't sit thr best with me, like there should have been more discussions and communication about boundaries and expectations of each other before everything was all good again. However, it was still a really fun and emotional read that sucked me in and held my attention all the way through. 

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