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The following is from Goodreads:
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’m going to put it out there that this is the third time I’ve read this book. But I hadn’t reviewed it on my blog yet, so I figured I would try to concisely put my thoughts in one place. Emphasis on try.
The fact that I read this book three times just proves how good this book is. And how much I absolutely loved it. I don’t normally reread books unless they had some sort of impact on me, and this one definitely did.
So the main character, Eliza, deals with anxiety, though she doesn’t really know it until she has a panic attack at school. But the representation of mental illness was amazing because it not only shows that the main character has it, but also shows how someone should deal with it, which I think is equally as important.
She also deals with the pressure of being a creator and having so many opinions of fans online. She wants to make everyone happy in terms of the web comic that she’s creating, but at the same time, she puts so much of her time and energy into the project that she can’t focus on anything else.
The characters had so much depth, and it made them feel so real. To the point where I almost cried at the end of the book this time I read it. I don’t know why, but for some reason this time it hit me a little differently than the other times I read it. I felt really emotionally connected to the characters, and by the end, something happens that almost breaks me. I won’t spoil it in case you haven’t read this book, but just be warned that it might be a trigger for some people.
And the relationship between Eliza and Wallace….it was just freaking adorable, I could barely handle it. I really liked the family aspect to the whole story too because Eliza’s parents were so involved in her life, or at least they tried to be.
So there you have it. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!
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