Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s Ghost

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Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s GhostAnya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Published by First Second on June 7th 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 224

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part . . .

Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.

Or so she thinks.

Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

I love graphic novels and when this one came in my mailbox, I just loved the feel of the outside. The ghost in Anya’s hair along with the title are raised. And then at the top is a quote from Neil Gaiman. So I knew it was going to rock my socks. If Gaiman loves it, I’ll love it.

Anya is your typical teenage girl. She wants to fit in, she tries not to eat the fatty food her mom makes, and she completely ignores her geeky family friend on the way to school so as to appear more normal. And, of course, she dreams about dating a popular and good-looking guy who unfortunately is already taken.

Of course, everything changes when she falls down a well. This is precisely how I’d expect anyone to act:

There’s a ghost that belongs to that skeleton and she makes it out of the well with Anya to Anya’s horror. The last thing she wants is a pesky ghost tagging along with her to school and everywhere else. Of course, things escalate and get out of hand quickly, making Anya realize maybe she’s been a bit more selfish than she should have been.

I love the moral of this graphic novel and the way that Anya gets a bit of a kick in the butt. The illustrations are wondrously awesome pull you right into the story. The plot is great too, twisting a bit in a way that Anya doesn’t expect but that is hinted at to the reader before Anya figures out what is going on.

Final Verdict:

Anya’s Ghost is definitely a graphic novel that I highly recommend reading. It has so much going for it, the awesome illustrations, the clever plot, and an unforgettable main character who learns quite a bit from a bad situation. I can’t wait to see what Vera comes up with next.

Want to learn about Vera’s process to create Anya’s Ghost? Check out this blog post she wrote about it.

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5 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s Ghost

  1. Haha, I borrowed this from a friend and thought the pictures were cute! It’s weird but creative, but not exactly YA, more like a children’ book. But it was still really good.

    Glad you enjoyed it like I did!

    P.S. I’m a new follower ^_^

  2. Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : )

    I’m adding this one to my wishlist – great review! The whole, ghost coming out of a well thing reminds me of The Ring which still freaks me out 🙂

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