Author: Francesca Zappia
Published: May 30th 2017
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
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.
I stumbled across this book when I was binge watching booktube videos, and immediately I know that I was going to have to pick this book up. I won’t lie, I didn’t think I was going to be picking up this book any time soon after buying it though, only because Tower of Dawn had just come out. But I reread the summary again, and I just had to read it now.
And y’all… Y’all.. I loved it. It was so cute.
As cute as the couple was, because oh my god, two shy people having a relationship is definitely the cutest thing ever, there were some other things I liked so much more.
I loved the way this book handled anxiety and painted the picture of it. In my opinion, it was such a good way of portraying it, and from what I remember of myself in high school (we all block that out, lets be real here) it was actually pretty damn realistic.
Also, I loved the way that Wallace’s story was told too. I thought it was so cool to show PTSD in such a young character. Maybe I just don’t read too many books that involve it, but I don’t remember reading a book where it was so blatantly put that the character had PTSD, this is how it happens, and this is how he’s handling it.
AND MY FAVORITE PART OF IT ALL. THEY DIDN’T FIX EACH OTHER. THANK YOU BABY JESUS.
I can’t tell you how sick I am with books always having people with anxiety/depression and the love interest swoops in and saves the day. But this one actually shows them not being okay, it shows that people can’t always fix it, AND it shows that going to therapy is okay and it’s nothing to be embarrassed of.
I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!