PositiveSan Francisco ChronicleClean prose and dark wit keep things from becoming too grim ... James’ frustration with the way the world has neglected her generation is clear ... Thankfully, even somewhat surprisingly, the narrative ultimately tips toward the optimistic ... Mona at Sea is sharply written Millennial malaise that dares to be hopeful.
emily m. danforth
PositiveThe San Francisco ChronicleThe present-day story is the most effective, benefiting from the twin motors of sexual tension and a secret revolving around the making of the increasingly metafictional film. The Hollywood satire feels legit, and Audrey balances the more fictive-feeling Harper and Merritt. Libby and Alex are beautifully written, but their action sometimes lacks the narrative drive found in our trio of Hollywood hotties. A character unto themself is the chatty, dramatic narrator, who is also responsible for the many comic or explanatory footnotes. Sara Lautman’s black-and-white illustrations add a further gothic flair ... freewheeling, ambitious ... Recommended for fans of queer kissing, Victorian romance, ghost stories and Hollywood high jinks.