Waiting on Wednesday is a gorgeous book meme held over at Breaking the Spine and Can’t Wait Wednesday is another meme celebrating the same thing: Books bloggers are looking forward to. This week my pick is: Eliza and her Monsters because it celebrates fandom and the relationships that come from them, but more than that? It’s touching and filled with wonderful potential for people like Eliza.
Here’s the blurb:
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community, and 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 Eliza 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.
With illustrations from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums and snippets of Wallace’s fanfiction, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
I couldn’t resist this because I’ve been there, exactly where Eliza has been. And going online opened up everything to me, including some of the dearest friendships I’ve ever had. So this, speaks to me and I’d hope the other young kids out there.
I think this will also take on mental illness, which is a plus and the format sounds like it’s not going to be your run-of-the-mill story at all. So yes, totally on my radar.