Eliza and Her Monsters Book Review!

anxiety, audiobook review, book review, book reviews, depression, eliza and her monsters, mental health, panic disorder, webcomic, ya contemporary, ya contemporary books, Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length of the audiobook: 8hrs 51mins
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly and Kate Rudd
Trigger warnings: anxiety, panic disorder, depression, suicide, bullying

Synopsis:
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My thoughts:
Eliza and Her Monsters was a breath of fresh air. Reminiscent of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, one of my all-time favourite books. Eliza draws a webcomic, which has a massive online following. Only a few know that she is the creator. She hates school and suffers from anxiety. She becomes hyper-focused on drawing. Until one day, when she meets a new boy at her school. Where she soon finds out that they have more in common and more to share than either of them ever would have thought. 

I loved this book. I love reading about creators and where a book has mental health representation. I felt like the representation was so well done in this book. This book discusses panic disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts. 

I liked the characters, there were some great humorous moments. All of the main characters had their own development throughout the novel which was so good to see. It was also so nice to see Eliza to develop a relationship with someone who was also a creative and shared her love for the webcomic.

However, without giving spoilers, there was one big part of the story that kind of annoyed me. Despite this, I was so invested that I continued to read on. I wanted to see if the issues were resolved in the end, if there would be a happy ending for these characters.

The last part of the story was the best part for me. It covered mental health, treatment and self-care really well and it was just great to see that in a book. 

In conclusion, I really loved this book. The characters were well-developed and grew throughout the story. The ending was amazing and I didn't want it to end. I have got to say that I love Eliza's brothers so much. The mental health representation was well done and the eventual avocation of treatment was great to see. This book was so emotional to read but that also meant that I was invested in the story and that is much better than not caring at all. I haven't read a book that I have loved this much in a while so please feel free to recommend me similar books! If you haven't already read this book and it sounds interesting to you, please check it out but also take care of yourself if any of the topics could be triggering to you.

My rating: 5 stars
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