Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol


This is a smart, amusing graphic novel with a surprising twist.

Anya is kind of a loner. She only had one best friend, and she's trying so hard to fit in that she's...not. But when Anya accidentally falls down an old well on her way home from school, she makes a new friend. A friend who’s been dead for almost a century. But an unsuspecting friendship with a ghost turns out to be exactly what she needs; it's a friendship that makes her try new things and gain confidence.

But when the friendship begins to turn sour, Anya discovers something about her ghost friend that is anything but friendly. And having her around might cost Anya her family.

I really enjoyed this! Like I've said before in my other reviews, I am not a graphic novel connoisseur. I don't pretend to know what is good and what is bad when it comes to the quality of a graphic novel. But this was creative, intelligent and really relatable.

Anya is the average teenager--mediocre student, self-image issues, family struggles, really wants to fit in at school. But when she finds herself in ownership of a ghost, instead of being terrified or afraid she's going crazy, she accepts her situation and makes the best of it. She befriends the ghost and tries to solve her murder. She is undoubtedly giving, even though it's not the cool thing to do.

The artwork was truly beautiful, too. Accessible, but the panels also left for some interpretation because there were often panels with no words--but the art spoke for itself. It was fantastic. And it has definitely made me want to check out everything Vera Brosgol ever does.

If you have some time to spare, I would defintitely check this out. It's short and very fun. And startling as hell!

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