book review // “eliza and her monsters” by francesca zappia

elizaandhermonsterstitle: eliza and her monsters
author: francesca zappia
genre: ya-contemporary
type: hardback
pages: 385
start: 10.07.2017
finish: 11.07.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


“Maybe that’s normal. The things you care most about are the ones that leave the biggest holes.”


what it’s about:
“eliza and her monsters” by francesca zappia is about eliza and her webcomic “monstrous sea”. she lives in her own world, the only social contact she has is with her online friends and her fans. she build her own little life, where not many people have access to. even her parents struggle with their own daughter. one day she meets silent boy wallace, who is a big fan of “monstrous sea” and writes popular fan fiction for it. their worlds intertwine and suddenly everything changes.


what i think:
i was looking forward to “eliza and her monsters” so much. it sounded like “fangirl” by rainbow rowell to me, and that book i loved. so i couldn’t wait to pick it up. i usually don’t buy hardbacks, but there was no paperback available and i just wanted to read it. i was a little bit scared, because this book was hyped so much, but boy was it worth it. ❤

i finished “eliza and her monsters” in two days, which is very good for me considering my reading slump the past month. i was sucked into elizas world immediately and it turned out, it was the right kind of book at the right time for me. 🙂

eliza is a character totally relatable to me. i felt connected to her immediately because of her life, which is mostly taking part in the online world. i could relate to that so much, because most of my best friends i met online and these are the most important people for me now. i always was a part of an online community so i knew elizas feelings and her thoughts just felt real to me. the fact, that she was the creator of this webcomic was a big plus for me, because it made her fears very real. she is a character, i think many people can relate to and who is lovable right from the start. her struggles throughout the book gave me chills, because this girl has so much pressure on her and she just wants to do her thing. anxiety isn’t helping here, but the struggle she goes through hits you in the heart and you feel for this girl all the time. ❤

the same goes for wallace. he is this silent boy, who doesn’t talk very much and does everything very slow. there is no way not being curious about him. what’s his deal? what happened to him? why is he the way he is? it’s so thrilling to go on this “let’s find out”-ride, because we follow eliza and what she gets to know, you as a reader gets to know. it’s a slow process but these two make a wonderful pairing, because they develop so much throughout the book and getting to know them separately and also together makes this story so special. it’s a cute romance based on some heavy topics, that make you cry. but it is also full of hope, so it’s not possible to feel bad. these two are great together and their story is very special. ❤ ❤ ❤

i loved how slowly the story developed into this huge thing, that i did not expect at all. i felt for the characters and when certain things were revealed, i had to cry and it gave me chills, because i was already invested so much in these characters, that it punched me right in the heart. there are some trigger warnings like anxiety, grief or suicide i did not know about, so it took me by surprise and made me cry, because i love these characters and i didn’t want anything happening to them. ;-( the ending is done perfectly though and there is no way, you are not satisfied. 🙂

also the side characters are lovable and everything, that seems weird in the beginning of this book, makes sense. why certain relationships are how they are. why people act the way they act. i was confused in the beginning, but after reading “eliza and her monsters” until the end, it all came together and the conclusion blew me away. i was so happy and had to think about it a long time after. i got so invested and lost in the words, that this book warmed my heart in the end so much. also the writing is easy and i got lost in elizas world almost immediately. 🙂


what you should know:
i thought this book was just a cute ya-contemporary. but it is so much more. it deals with topics like anxiety and grief, so you should know this about it before you get into it. i didn’t know, that it would get so serious at some points, but for me it was perfect. it just made so much sense. but be warned, if these are trigger warnings for you.

there are also some illustrations and artwork in this book based on the webcomics of “monstrous sea”, which i personally loved very much. it made the book more real. also the online conversations and emails loosened the writing a little bit, which was fun and made the book more special. ❤

as you can see, i am a huge fan of “eliza and her monsters” and all the characters in it. also the story was beautiful and it hit right home. there was just one thing, that reminded me too much of “the fault in our stars” by john green, which is why i can’t give it a full five stars.

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14 thoughts on “book review // “eliza and her monsters” by francesca zappia

  1. Yes to this review. Yes to this book. Yes to everything because I loved this book with all my heart. I so relate when you say it punched you in the heart, gave you chills, and made you cry. I went through all of that because this book is just flat out amazing. I adored this review and how much justice it did the book! This was amazing ❤

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  2. I love love loved this book. It’s one of my favorite reads so far this summer. It gave me all of the emotions and feels, and I couldn’t put it down. Thanks for such an awesome review!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.


  3. […] my review: i am a huge fan of “eliza and her monsters” and all the characters in it. also the story was beautiful and it hit right home. there was just one thing, that reminded me too much of “the fault in our stars” by john green, which is why i can’t give it a full five stars. read my full review here […]


  4. I WANT WANT WANT DOUBLE TRIPLE WANT to read this book! Like the intensity is real my dear. And you’re review is so amazing, I loved reading your insights. I love books that immediately take you into the fictional world – definitely a thumbs up for me, given that reality doesn’t have as much magic as I would like lol. ❤

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  5. You are absolutely right. It deals with so many important issues. I almost dropped it coz at first it was a bit slow but a friend urged me to read on. She was so right! I loved it.

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