Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION ZAP
Characteristics: iv, 385 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062290137
0062290134

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Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular web comic. When a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.


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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

This was a enjoyable read! I could relate to Eliza's shyness and the lure of escape to various forms of entertainment. I liked how well the characters were written. This book offered a point of view about internet creators that I know nothing about but I do understand being a fan of something. It was great to see that in this book!

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red_sheep_101
Jun 20, 2019

I could really relate to the main character Eliza. She saw fictional characters as real people--she sometimes valued them more than real-life people and they were so alive in her mind. She lost herself in the world and characters she created and it was so much easier for her to remain cocooned in her imaginary world than challenge herself to make real-life connections.

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triciasharp
May 26, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and probably read the entire thing in about 6 hours. The characters are relatable, because they aren't perfect. They are anti-social, have anxiety issues, and nerdy hobbies, and I like them all the more for these reasons. I would love to read the webcomic in the book, but it isn't real.

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

Best teen fandom/internet culture book I have read.

JCLJoshN Dec 03, 2018

I was liking this novel a lot, and then I hit the halfway mark and I could. Not. Put. It. Down. It's a great look at the messiness of love when depression and low self-esteem get in the way of communication, and it absolutely nails the feelings of anxiety and panic attacks. On top of that, I wish the webcomic Eliza makes, Monstrous Sea, really existed so I could read it. Bonus, though: the book series Eliza and her friends are fans of, Children of Hypnos, does exist: http://www.childrenofhypnos.com

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samcmar
Nov 21, 2018

If you want to read a book that perfectly describes what it means to be a panic attack and anxiety sufferer, look no further. Eliza and Her Monsters is a fantastic exploration of what it means to be a silent success, only to have that success come crashing down in the worst way possible. Eliza is flawed, but she is a heroine I think a lot of readers will easily identify with, and I hope readers will love her story as much as I did.

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revtee
Sep 10, 2018

This book has interesting, imperfect characters. Eliza doesn't socialize. At all. She meets someone at school who doesn't really talk much. They are connected by their mutual interest in the comic, Monstrous Sea. What only her parents and brothers know is that Eliza is the creator of Monstrous Sea. Hijinks ensue. (Because she has that secret, the plot has a resemblance to You've Got Mail.)

One of the things I like about this book is that it includes one accurate description of anxiety and depression. These are things that happen to many humans. The book includes that experience, showing how hard it is without making it bad or wrong to have a human problem, just really challenging. I liked the characters and story a lot. 5/5 would recommend.

ArapahoeSusanW Aug 28, 2018

Eliza in the title is Eliza Mirk, a mild-mannered high school senior who anonymously publishes a web comic, "Monstrous Sea" followed by millions. Her life is smooth and solitary until she becomes involved with Wallace, a fellow student who also happens to be a gifted fan fiction writer of "Monstrous Sea" episodes.
As one might imagine, things get super complicated when Eliza's parents inadvertently "out" her as the "Monstrous Sea's" author but for me that was the best part as it forced her to reconnect to her surprisingly supportive siblings.

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erinandllama
Jun 04, 2018

I read this because it reminded me of one of my favorite books, "Fangirl." It definitely delivered. I was very invested in Eliza as a character, and the book sucked me in by about chapter six. I finished it in a day (literally cover to cover) because I was waiting for something bad to happen. It wasn't suspense per se, but dread of the best kind. I look forward to reading more by Zappia.

One thing I will warn people about it that the book is a slow burn. There isn't a lot of outside action happening, and the change happens mostly within. This makes sense for the character and theme of the book though, since both Eliza and Wallace are so introverted and live their best lives online. I didn't mind it, because I found the emotion and what happens in the family unit as a result of Eliza's mental state so compelling.

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DPLbrian
May 23, 2018

A more high school aged version of one of my favorite books, 'Fangirl'. If you're a fan of that, definitely give this one a shot. 'Eliza and her Monsters' features a sheltered girl whose moniker is internet famous, but she is utterly shy and invisible offline. That is, until a boy helps bring her out of her shell. He's quite possibly the boy of her dreams, but she has a secret that she isn't ready to tell him.

I'll be curious to see if, like 'Fangirl', the author goes on to publish her story within a story as Rainbow Rowell did with 'Carry On'.

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red_sheep_101
Aug 29, 2019

"Ideas are the asexual reproduction of the mind. You don't have to share them with anyone else." (pg. 262)

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triciasharp
May 26, 2019

You found me in a constellation.

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triciasharp
May 26, 2019

There are monsters in the sea.

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triciasharp
May 26, 2019

That computer is my rabbit hole; the internet is my wonderland. I am only allowed to fall into it when it doesn't matter if I get lost.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

elisabeth_23 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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