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.
Author: Francesca Zappia
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Eliza is a reclusive girl who prefers the comfort of her room more than people. Referring to herself as Lady Constellation online, she is known for being the creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. She loves her fans. She loves her friends. She loves her art. When Monstrous Sea‘s most loyal fanfiction writer, transfers to her school, she considers that there may be more to life than the internet. I love this book! I had heard so many great comments about this book and I am glad that I decided to read this. I felt like I could relate to Eliza. I prefer the methodical and organization of a book when compared to the messiness life usually creates.
Eliza and her online presence is introduced to us at the beginning. We meet Eliza, a shy girl who enjoys her art. We meet her two online friends Max and Emmy. Max plays the role of enforcer on the Monstrous Sea‘s forums. We meet Emmy, a 14 year-old child prodigy who is in college, majoring in engineering. I felt like Eliza was so relatable. Have you ever felt like you wanted to not be seen? To just disappear? To not have to deal with life and rather do the thing you love? She loves her art and that’s all she rather do. When Wallace enters her life, she is forced to open up and face reality. I had one issue with the plot. When her identity is revealed, she is forced to reconsider the way her art impacts her and others. She becomes anxious, depressed even. I didn’t like that. Yeah, maybe I felt some sympathy because I loved Eliza as a character, but like a more external conflict could have been written.
I love these characters!!! Eliza felt like she was written to be this relatable teen, where we can reminisce when we felt uncomfortable in a situation. Wallace is introduced to us as this guy while intimidating in size, is shy and rarely speaks. Despite all these traits, he is able to befriend Eliza. Let her meet a fan of her work in person. I felt like it was a game changer. My two favorites were Eliza and Emmy. I loved the fact that Eliza was such a relatable character. Even though we only know Emmy through her instant messages, I found her to be so funny.
This novel was written in Eliza’s point of view. However, Farancesca Zappia mixed her writing style up by including a variety of prose, instant messages, letters, etc. I felt like it was a writing style that worked incredibly well for this story. The instant messages were detailed enough to understand the characters, even if they were never physically present.
As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters, each with their own quirky perks. Eliza’s passion toward her art had me reconsider what I’ve done to follow my own passions. This is easily a 4 star rating in my books.