All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
The first of two reviews today comes for Eliza and her Monsters, a book I've been very excited to read ever since it was published last year.
Title: Eliza and her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 30th May 2017
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (Read January 2018)
This was another book from 2017 that I finally got for Christmas and couldn't wait to read. I was mostly looking forward to the social anxiety rep, as I have SA and I'd heard time and time again of how great and realistic it is.
I can now add my voice to that and say, yes, it is realistic. Of course, everyone's experiences are different and there was a few things where I'd maybe act differently to Eliza, but for the most part, I was relating hard. I also felt for her getting bullied and odd looks, ect. I was so glad to leave school, as Eliza was.
I loved the illustrations in this book and added so much more than just hearing how good an artist Eliza was. I also understand her frustrations of her parents not really understanding what she was doing.
Though I now have a degree in a completely different area, my writing is more than just a hobby and become something a lot more serious over the last several months- ever since NaNoWriMo 2017 and I proved to myself I could do it, as well as in other things- and the idea of publication, on both small and large scales, doesn't seem so alien to me anymore.
Oh, and I highly approve of the weight put to online friendships being 'real' friendships, along with IRL friends! Thanks to Goodreads, I've had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic people and I still call them my friends, even if I will never meet them face to face.
Moving on- I just want to hug Wallace. He's been through a lot, but his and Eliza's friendship is so relatable and I love how it all developed without feeling forced at all. He's also a writer- bonus points from me there. :) I liked most of his family as well, along with their teacher, who is a big fan of Monstrous Sea.
Bonus points as well for this book making me tear up twice. I always say how it takes a good book to make me cry.
So why wasn't this a full 5 stars? In short, I thought Eliza's attitude towards her family was sometimes quite annoying and disrespectful. I know she's a teenager, but that can't always be an excuse for never wanting to do anything with them. Yes, Eliza's phone was most likely a coping mechanism and there's nothing wrong with that, but if someone told me I could spend a few days in the woods, I'd be one of the first out the door, since I've a) never been camping, and b) nature calms me down and recharges me as an introvert.
On the flip side, I also thought Eliza's parents could have tried to understand more of what her art meant to her. I know this isn't as straightforward as it sounds, but things could have gone smoother in some situations if they'd asked more questions or taken a bit more of an interest. Occasionally, I wish my parents would take some of my things a bit more seriously too, so I relate in that respect. But that's just my opinion, after all.
Overall, I'm so glad I finally got to read this book!! It's fantastic and I'll definitely be re-reading it in the future. :)
What are your thoughts on this book? Do you relate to Eliza in the ways I can, or for some other reason? Do you relate to Wallace more, or another character? As always, all the best and happy reading.
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