I've joked many times that my oldest daughter, Michelle, needs to become a critic or a literary agent. She's excellent at pinpointing exactly what she likes and doesn't like about books, movies, musicals, basically anything. So, when she randomly announced, "I really like this book I'm reading!" I had to ask her all about it.
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.
Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza 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.
With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
Please welcome Michelle as our guest reviewer for today!
What made you pick up this book?
The cover and the title. Monsters isn't typical title word. They usually try to use other words to avoid sounding childish. Words like creature or beast.
What kept you reading?
I also liked the format with group chats because that's how teenagers communicate in the real world. And, the web comics were cool.
What did you think about the characters?
Wallace is really unique. It was interesting to see a character that doesn't talk in large social situations.
And I liked Eliza because she had more depth than just "I am the protagonist." She was a real girl, like someone I would go to high school with. We talk about characters having flaws but they usually don't seem like real flaws. She felt real.
What didn't you like?
Sometimes the secondary characters (like some of the people in the chats) were confusing. I couldn't determine their purpose.
Who ould you recommend this book for? Anyone. Well, not pre-teens because I don't think they could relate as well.
Anything a parent would want to know about this book before letting their kid read it? There is some language. I mean, it's teenagers. They talk like teenagers. So there's some language...a few f-bombs and I think some sex jokes but no one actually has sex.