Author: Francesca Zappia
Before I start anything, can I just mention how interesting the cover to this one was? This book came in my last owlcrate unboxing and it’s am exclusive cover to those boxes. Anyway, I loved this book. Once again, I’m surprised with these YA books I’ve read this year. Let’s get into the synopsis and full review.
Synopsis: Eliza is a high school senior, living with her parents and two younger brothers. At school, Eliza is quiet, she keeps to herself, has trouble making friends and is why. At home, Eliza is the normal stereotypical teenager, she doesn’t want to do anything with her family but rather be on her phone and computer all day. What almost everyone doesn’t know (except her brothers and 2 internet friends) is that Eliza is the author of a virtual comic book that has millions of views and has made her a lot of money. As the story progresses Eliza has to deal with a new boy at school, the stress of her parents and upcoming college life, her new social responsibilities and finding a way to keep her fans happy with her work. Not your typical teenage life.
My goodreads review was simple, it was: Where was this book when I was a teenager?
I really liked Eliza right off the bat and I felt like I could relate to her. While I was social (for the most part in high school), I wasn’t popular and I had a lot of anxiety. In fact, I still have a lot of anxiety and can totally relate to her. For example; I’ve had such a long week at work and so much to do when I get home that I’ve had anxiety about everything, including blogging. Eliza was just like that with her work. I don’t think there are enough books out there about anxiety that are fiction like this. Most are self-help and while those are great, sometimes it’s just good to read a book and think: yes! The story also brought up on lovely internet friends can be and how awful internet trolls can be, so I think it helped make people aware of what it’s like being connected to the internet and I really liked that. It even brought to light how down someone can get and what their mental state might be at that time (again– yes!) so almost all around yes, this book is fantastic.
The only thing I didn’t like about this one was the predictability at time. Again, I think I might just read too much. The minute I met a character, I knew who he was even before it was written but in all honesty, it didn’t take anything away from me liking this story.
Overall, I would recommend this one to any young adult, especially one in high school. I would even recommend it to adults/parents because I think it gives an interesting insight to the generation at hand. A generation so connected to their phones and computers. Definitely read this if you get the chance.
Has anyone else read this one yet? I’ll definitely be looking into others written by Francesca Zappia.
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