PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2017
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, 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.
An examination of the life of a teenage girl who lives her life online. Eliza finds it difficult to interact with others and instead lives her live online as the creator of a webcomic series Monstrous Sea, Lady Constellation. When she finds out the new boy at school is a fan of Monstrous Sea and writes fan fiction they develop a friendship and something more grows from that.
It was really interesting to read about a character who has trouble socialising and interacting with others. Getting to have a look at how this affects her life. Seeing her expand her world was a great source of satisfaction. Wallace was a cute character and his development through the book was something I really enjoyed.
I particularly enjoyed the comic images that were interspersed through the novel and assisted with the plot movement. Monstrous Sea was a major element of the novel. It was the glue that brought Eliza and Wallace together and it was interesting to see the fan world created by this web comic and how invested the characters were in Monstrous Sea. As well as the comic images are IM’s and forum excerpts to give the reader a greater understanding of Eliza’s life.
A great contemporary novel with drawings linked in to the plot and a cute high school romance between two socially awkward teens. This was really a feel good novel and left me with the warm fuzzies by the end.
Keep Calm and Read On,