Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Online, Eliza is the mysterious, almost legendary creator of the incredibly popular webcomic, Monstrous Sea. In real life, she's shy and alone -- until Wallace Warland, one of Monstrous Sea's biggest fan fiction writers transfers to her school. As Eliza and Wallace grow closer, she begins to think that a world off the computer may be better than she had ever expected it to be, but she still doesn't know how to tell him the truth about her online identity. When her parents accidentally share her secret with the world, she has to learn how to combine both worlds and decide how she feels about her life, talents, and relationship with Wallace.
This book presents several realistic visions of anxiety and how different people cope with anxiety. This anxiety does bring a darker element to the book as Eliza struggles with various challenges and even thoughts of suicide. The story also deals with how her online popularity drives her regular life and what fans can come to expect of creators. It is also a homage to the online world and friendships of many people today that is often not a part of books. Her online relationships are as real and important as anything in her offline world, which is a reality for many people. Anyone who enjoys fandoms, their own creative activities, is introverted or deals with anxiety will relate to this delightful book.