Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This is my 3rd book I have read for #emojiathon for challenge šŸ¬ “book that is like candy to you.”

I would have never heard of this book and probably would have never read this book if it had not been in May’s Owlcrate box. I started reading this book and could not stop. I stayed up late the last two nights to read this book. It was wonderful.

Eliza is the creator of a popular internet comic called Monsters of the Sea and has severe social anxiety. She is the “great avoider of life and all its consequences.” Her whole high school life revolves around drawing and writing this story and trying to block out the outside world who she thinks sees her as weird. Her senior year is looking like it will be like the last 3 years when a new kid named Wallace changes her world. Just as shy and quiet as her, they become friends when Eliza stands up for Wallace when he is being made fun of for liking Monsters of the Sea. His influence encouraged her to start living outside of her self-created world and hang out with his friends. She tries to keep her identity of being the creator of Monsters of the Sea a secret but when it accidentally becomes public, her world starts to fall apart.

I loved that there was parts of her comics in the story as well as the main story mixed together and that her comic is a metaphor for her life. There are so many beautiful and meaningful quotes in this book. One of my favorites is this one:

“Like life, what gives a story its meaning is the fact that it ends. Our stories have lives of their own– and it’s up to us to make them mean something.”

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on a Goodreads.

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