So, what’s it about?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books.
How it works?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
- Finally…reveal the book!
Eliza Mirk is the kind of name you give to the creepy girl who clings to her ex-boyfriend for weeks after he’s dumped her because she refuses to accept he hates her guts. Eliza Mirk is a low-level villain with a secret hideout in the sewers. Eliza Mirk belongs in a comic book.
The book is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Trigger Warnings: anxiety, depression
My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary, mental health
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.
Eliza and Her Monsters is one of the most amazing books I have had the pleasure of reading. I was blessed enough to read an eARC and immediately preordered the physical copy after finishing. It is truly one of the best contemporaries I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot. It really displays mental health in a jaw-dropping way that is basically flawless. Eliza is one of the most relatable characters in fiction.
I don’t have a lot of words for this book and I will never be able to write a full review to display my love for this book, but I can highly recommend you do pick it up. Even if you don’t usually grab for contemporaries, this is one you need to.