I had heard a lot of great things about Eliza and her Monsters so when I got an opportunity to buy it on sale for Kindle, I snapped it up…and then didn’t read it for months and months. And in this case, I’m not feeling too sorry about that, because I feel like I only had a so-so reading experience with this book.
The story was interesting enough – high school girl who writes an extremely popular online comic, gets interested in a boy, and starts to come out of her shell. Then all hell breaks loose because the secret gets out that she is the anonymous author of this webcomic.
However, right off the bat, I found Eliza to be pretty unlikable. She came across as too snotty and reclusive with no real explanation beyond being a teenager. As I was a reclusive teenager, and probably a bit snotty to some degree, I understand the premise. However, Eliza took it to an extreme that even I could not understand. I never knew kids like her when I was in high school, so please…someone tell me…do teenagers like her really exist??
When Wallace came into the picture, though, we started to see a softer, kinder side to Eliza, and at that point, I warmed up to her and the story in general.
I am not a superfan of the caliber that the characters in this book are, so I could not in any way relate to that aspect of the story. And I found that in general, this is probably an ideal book more for a true YA crowd, rather than an adult like me who is just reading YA.
My biggest problem with this book, though, and perhaps it was just with the Kindle copy, was that there were too many glaring errors in formatting and punctuation. I am used to reading eARCs where these types of errors can be common, but the expectation with those is that those wrinkles will be ironed out by the time the book actually goes to print…and so I don’t comment on those, and just overlook them. With Eliza and her Monsters, it was not an ARC copy…it was a copy I purchased from Amazon for my Kindle. But I had to remind myself at one point that I had indeed purchased it, and that it was not an ARC copy I was reading when I ran across error after error.
Overall, not a bad book. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars, because of the formatting errors and because I didn’t enjoy it enough to rate it higher.