Finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I received a copy for review.
In real life, Eliza is nothing special. She’s super quiet and her friends are all online. On the internet, though, she’s LadyConstellation. Her web comic has millions of fans (not an exaggeration) and she makes enough money to put herself through college. And then she meets Wallace. He writes fanfiction and is a huge fan of LadyConstellation’s. Eliza isn’t sure how to tell him who she actually is.
This book is amazing! The premise is fantastic and the execution is even better. It deals with fandom, which I love, but also with mental illness (in a variety of ways).
I also love the fact that it dealt with the ways it’s so easy to misunderstand people. Eliza feels misunderstood in a lot of ways (her family doesn’t really get what she does) but never really realizes she’s doing it back. When she DOES see how she ignores her brothers, it was one of the most powerful part of the book for me.
This is such an intense but also lovely novel. I hope you love it like I do. Recommended.