All the Things I Liked About Eliza and her Monsters

Yes, that’s right, continuing on from my theme the other day, I’m talking about yet another BRILLIANT book I read last month!

eliza and her monsters

  1. I loved the premise! The story is basically a girl juggling her online life and her life in the real world. I related to this so much on a personal level- obviously not the successful webcomic part, but the online life… well, I think a lot of us bloggers will get that side of things instantly.
  2. I also appreciated the way her webcomic was blended subtly into the narrative. I really enjoy stories that blend real life and fiction in general- and this did that so well!
  3. Because the format was so great! I really appreciate unique story structures more and more, so I ended up thoroughly enjoying the cartoon inserts and the online conversations that broke up the text. I mean, the whole concept was pretty meta, but what elevated the book was how Zappia pulled it off. Cos of all that, I’m also ridiculously pleased that I got given the physical version of this!
  4. Plus, I related so much to the part about creating a story from scratch all the way to completion. I loved the line: “It was the story I wanted to tell”, because that’s what got me onto the path of writing in the first place. On top of that, there’s this wonderful letter at the end (no spoilers) which felt like a letter to all creative people. I genuinely think this book will speak to so many creative types and to fans of the arts- basically this was #relatable to all us nerdy folks.
  5. Speaking of relatable… oh gosh I got the social awkwardness. I really get the desire to “switch off”- because that’s how my brain works too.
  6. I also liked the romance and characterisation. Funnily enough, this was made even more evident by one aspect of the book that I didn’t like- the point when Wallace (the love interest) acted like a selfish dick- but I didn’t deduct bananas because it was realistic (unfortunately). So kudos for creating believable characters.
  7. I was also so invested that this hit me right in the *feels*. I squealed, I cried (twice), and I closed the book with the words “wow that was really good”. I LOVED it.
  8. Since there was a secretive element to the plot, it did make the story cooler and was provided plenty of funny moments too. It got more than a few chuckles out of me.
  9. And just in case this book was awesome enough, it also had the occasional literary nods, especially references to Faustus, which being the booknerd I am, really made me very happy.

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  1. And gosh darn it- I loved how quotable it was:

“You found me in a constellation”

“Truth is the worst monster because it never really goes away.”

“Broken people don’t hide from monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.”

That’s why I had to give it all the bananas:

Rating: 5/5 bananas


Have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!


89 thoughts on “All the Things I Liked About Eliza and her Monsters

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    I was never much of an online person so to speak. Did not really care about social media or stuff like that, but ever since starting my blog, I have never been so busy online as right now. I love talking to other bloggers: it’s the best part about blogging as far as I am concerned 😊😊 So definitely think the premise is something bloggers can relate to: awesome review as always 😀😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh I’m the same- I could never get into facebook and I’m still lousy at twitter- but because of the blog I feel like a whole world has opened up to me too 😊 Talking to bloggers is the best!! 😊 It really was very relatable! 🙂 Thank you so much!

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  2. Nel says:

    Great review. From all the points you made, it really sounds like it definitely deserved all 5 bananas. Is this a YA book? It almost sounds NA but the cover makes it seem more YA. I can agree with the online presence vs. the real life presence especially considering the lengths people go to to create this more awesome version of themselves when all they have to do is be themselves in the end.

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  3. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as well. 🙂 I read Eliza and Her Monsters last year and there was a lot I enjoyed about it, mainly how relatable Eliza was and how her webcomic was included in the story. I loved reading the story Eliza wrote as much as I enjoyed reading her story! 😀 I definitely agree with the (possibly only) downside being how Wallace turned into a jerk. I liked his character but he fell a little in my opinion after that point.

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  4. Andrea says:

    Aghhh I’ve been meaning to get to this for ages!! I’ve heard such good things about it and the concept behind it just makes me want to read it immediately!!
    In other words, lovely review! It definitely made me place this book even higher up the TBR shelf- I can already see myself buying it the next time I run into it… Ah, to think I used to believe in the existence of book bans :’)

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  5. Sophie Li says:

    Hello!! Loved the format of this review 🙂
    I read the Kindle version a while back and SO regret not buying the print edition! I bet the illustrations are fantastic in colour!
    I am also not a fan of the decisions Wallace made towards the end. I couldn’t really understand why he did what he did. However, overall I enjoyed the novel as well 🙂 Great review!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you so much 😀
      Ah yes- sadly they weren’t in colour, but they did work really well in the book (and the cover was gorgeous 😉 )
      Yeah I *totally* get what you mean. I thought he was being quite unreasonable actually. She wasn’t doing it to spite him (and keeping the secret hadn’t been that bad all things considered) Yes me too, thank you!

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  6. Zoie says:

    I’ve seen this book at bookstores but never really took the time to read what the story was about… I’m so glad I read your review! I’m obsessed with stories (um, clearly, because my blog’s tagline is “a mashup of everything to do with stories” 😂) so to read about you raving how great the story aspect of this book really makes my interest spike up 😋 And also, since I’ve gotten into blogging and online communities now, I’m interested to see how I can relate to Eliza and Her Monsters. 😁👍🏻 Great review!!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I’m really glad!! hahaha in that case I definitely recommend it! 😉 😂 I’m glad!! Yes!! That was one of the best elements of the book- I’m glad I read it at this stage in my life, because I related to it a ridiculous amount 😁 Thank you so much!!

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  7. lucindablogs says:

    Five bananas, yay! Pleased to see you’re out of your slump and back discovering some excellent books. This book sounds great and super relatable, even if my social media presence outside of my blog is woeful (I still miss MySpace).

    In other news, HOW HAVE YOU NOT SEEN JURASSIC PARK? I’ve literally watched 10 films in my life and even I’ve managed to see it at least three times. Have you read any Michael Crichton novels? I keep meaning to read Jurassic Park but as always, so many books, so little time.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Yes and thank you!! I think I’m finally over it for now (*touch wood*) after listening to a couple of audiobooks. hehehe I can relate 😉 I just don’t use social media apart from the blog (I have a blog twitter that I’m fairly useless with and only use fb for messaging)

      hahahahaha oh gosh, that’s becoming a contentious issue here 😉 I do have to watch it and no I’ve not read any of the novels either. I guess it was just the dinosaurs that put me off 😉 I am planning to watch the movie… at some point 😉

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      • lucindablogs says:

        I’m going to pretend that you didn’t just slag off dinosaurs! Honestly, I saw a clip of Jurassic Park the other day and it’s really…dated. Obviously it was made at a time when CGI was pretty new technology so it hasn’t aged too well. I think my memory of it is probably better than the actual film. Although your revelation seems to have caused a mini riot so you should probably just watch it anyway.

        I’m still not really on board with the whole audiobook thing. I find them really slow, and if I get distracted by whatever else I’m doing I loose track. Good to see they got you out of your slump though!

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          hahaha not slag them off, I’ve nothing against them, just no particular interest 😉 …which may be viewed as slagging them off? I’ve no idea anymore 😉 Ah yeah that’s fair. hahaha yes- I will 😉

          I think that’s fair- I barely ever listen to them usually- but it worked this time 😉

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  8. Marie says:

    Ahhh this is such an amazing review and I love all of the quotes you included there. I am so happy I have a copy waiting to be read at home, I can’t wait to read it, hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it this month. I CAN’T WAIT 😀

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  9. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    TBH I was first attracted to the cover and then I started hearing about this book A LOT. But I have not gotten to start reading this book, you know how the TBR piles are. But your review is making me kinda want to go hunt for this book on my shelf. I will get back to you once I get this done.

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  10. Michelle says:

    So happy you enjoyed Eliza and Her Monsters 🌸
    It was one of my favourite books of last year. I really loved the story and I totally related to Eliza about having internet friends! I also loved the unique format & the romance, I totally get what you’re saying about creating believable characters and it was really well done.

    So happy you enjoyed it 😊

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  11. LizScanlon says:

    This sounds absolutely brilliant! 5 stars from you is high praise and everything you said about the book- well, I wants it, too! 🙂 It sounds altogether very relatable and realistic and fun! Great review… you got me intrigued! 😉
    oh and those quotes?- love ’em!

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  12. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Ouuuh awesome review! I’m glad to see that it was such a relatable story. The format does sound interesting, as I’ve seen some other books test different structures and succeeded in doing so. But with the premise this one has, the format seems to have been nailed by the author hahah

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