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

challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This is a well-written book that explores the life of a teenage girl who is responsible for a web comic that has quite a huge following. Eliza isn't a fan of interacting too much with the outside world and spends a lot of her time online - this of course has been something that upsets her parents a lot. It's understandable that Eliza is frustrated that her parents don't understand but at the same time.... I think that if Eliza had taken the time to explain or at least show her parents what she was working on - sharing anything she was comfortable with - then maybe her parents wouldn't have been as concerned as they appeared to be in the book. That's a problem I think a lot of teenagers face is the lack of communication or not knowing how to communicate. The communication issue is one out of two reasons why I gave this four stars instead of five. My other reason is Wallace. I was ok with him as a character until the end ish of the novel.
SpoilerWhen he confronts Eliza in her room and tells her that she has this perfect life so what's the big deal about not being able to finish a few pages...? It's his publication deal that's on the line - she needs to finish. I was raging mad - how dare he. He lost his dad to suicide - how would he feel if someone told him - you can't play football because your dad is gone? I just couldn't forgive him and I was still irked when Wallace still remained in Eliza's life in the epilogue. She should have let him go shortly after. I think my favorite scenes in this novel were the ones with the therapist. I know Eliza is only seventeen/eighteen but the therapist really helped put what I what I hope the readers felt as well into words - your creations do not define you. We are not responsible for other people's actions / life stories.

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