It has come to my attention, finally, that I have not posted in awhile. Not about our trip to Arizona in February, not about any books I’ve purchased, and no book reviews.
I am sorry.
This quarantine has been blending days together. Going by super quickly but super slow at the same time.
I’ve not read to many books, or any worth mentioning, some of them I couldn’t finish… which is extremely heart breaking I know. I did, however, recently finish “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia. Here is my short review….. spoilers ahead.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza Mirk is shy, weird and friendless.. at least in reality. Online, she is LadyConstellation, the anonymous writer of the most popular web comic Monstrous Sea.
Right, so the book starts out with Eliza making a big deal out of her loneliness in the real world, but how “famous” she is online. She is obsessed with being a loner, which makes her equally obsessed with being online.
You can tell early on in the book that she has an anxiety disorder and depression. She shuns people at school and her family. Then enters Wallace Warland, who is maybe obsessed with Monstrous Sea and thinks Eliza is just another fan.
Wallace and Eliza start spending time with each other, eventually they start “dating.” But, Eliza never tells him who she is…. that she is actually the creator of his favorite web comic, not just another fan. She doesn’t tell him when she saves him from bullies. Doesn’t tell him when he offers to let her read his fanfiction of HER comic. Not when they start going out.
She actually never really does…. her parents, trying to show her that they are proud of her, publish it in their local news paper, not realizing what this will do… because they just don’t get it.
Eliza’s parents publishing her dark secret makes her somewhat infamous. Her identity is leaked, now the whole world knows who she is, Wallace hates her, and she falls in a pit of depression that last weeks, unable to write any more for her comic.
Wallace comes over at some point, I can’t quite remember how many days of school she missed, but he drops a bomb on her…. he was offered a deal to publish his fanfiction of Eliza’s comic as long as she agree, which of course she does because she thinks she’s in love with him, and she has to finish the comic… which she can’t. She doesn’t have it in her anymore… He basically says something along the lines of “If you really love me, you’ll finish the story. If you don’t, I won’t be able to go to college.”
Now, understand Wallace has issues of his own (he watched his dad commit suicide), but that is super low. I didn’t warm up to him in the beginning, but that sealed the deal for me. He is an ass.
And she goes back to him! Apologizing for not being able to write the ending and ruining his life. Complete bs. Wallace is an ass so he ignores her, then has a change of heart and looks for her.
The book ends with Eliza in therapy, Wallace in therapy, and her eventually finishing the book, Wallace kissing her and happily ever after. Right, more bs.
I loved Zappia’s “Made You Up” so I was slightly disappointed I didn’t enjoy this more. I liked that she covered lesser know mental illnesses, but I really wish she would have addressed the fact that Wallace was a controlling/selfish jerk. I see no way he can be redeemed.
I rated the book 3.5 stars. Its worth the read, even with its slightly disappointing events.