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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-consc 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.


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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-consc 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.

30 review for Anya's Ghost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’ I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story and, following a discussion with my dear friend Marina, I decided to try my luck with Brosgol’s work. I was definitely in for a surprise. A bleak, haunting, and yet quirky and beautiful surprise. Anya is a young girl in high school. Having arrived to the USA from Russia before primary school, she has adopted ‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’ I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story and, following a discussion with my dear friend Marina, I decided to try my luck with Brosgol’s work. I was definitely in for a surprise. A bleak, haunting, and yet quirky and beautiful surprise. Anya is a young girl in high school. Having arrived to the USA from Russia before primary school, she has adopted to the ways of her new homeland. She has even lost her accent and yet her life is anything but easy. Her mother, a cheerful, loving woman, and her six-year-old brother don’t seem to help because Anya wants to fit in, influenced by the vile notion of the ‘’popular’’ student. One day, after a really bad day and a strange accident in the park, she finds herself attached to the ghost of a girl who died under mysterious ways. Her life changes drastically in ways that she couldn't have anticipated when she decided to make the 90-year-old spirit her new best friend. Yes, this comic is rich in beautiful illustrations whose palette consists of blue, white, black and grey but this is just the tip of the iceberg of excellence. This is a comic book that could have easily become a spectacular novel. The themes that Brosgol communicates through the storyline are plenty and utterly relevant to our times and the lives of the young students, particularly in the USA. First and foremost, the difficulty of being accepted when your roots lie in a far-away country that your classmates know only through hearsay and prejudice spread by ignorant, uneducated fools. Moreover, you don’t meet the standards of the time, you’re not blonde, skinny and stupid, you haven't managed to gain a place in the cliques therefore you don't exist. And the worst danger comes when you are tempted to shed off your identity and your heritage like a skin that has no use anymore just because the social circles demand everyone to be the same. And Anya falls in love so what can she do? That’s where the ghost comes to help and the price will be... but you have to read it to find out. Love is such a weird thing...It can make our lives a brighter place and it can drive us to deeds that we never thought ourselves possible to commit. And then, there is the devilishly thin line between love and obsession… I have to stop here because I’m dangerously close to start spoiling the plot. What I can tell you is that this is a comic book to be enjoyed and taken seriously. I felt that this isn’t only targeted to teenagers but to adults as well since the social commentary is evident and provides an opportunity for parents and educators to think of the problems of the young ones and the ways to help them accept themselves and avoid the trap of the notion of the ‘’popular’’ kid. I was more than satisfied with Anya’s development and her courage to recognise her mistakes and illusions… My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Seth T.

    When I was in high school, there wasn’t a lot of bullying. And there weren’t really any cliques. Or maybe there were but I was just too blissfully ignorant to notice. It’s not like I was especially popular. It’s not as if I wasn’t kind of nerdy or kind of artsy or kind of freaky. I mean, look at me. Yep. This is exactly as rad as it looks. It’s more just that I never felt as if I couldn’t, if I had wanted to, talk to someone and have them not snub me outright. Maybe it’s different in other schools When I was in high school, there wasn’t a lot of bullying. And there weren’t really any cliques. Or maybe there were but I was just too blissfully ignorant to notice. It’s not like I was especially popular. It’s not as if I wasn’t kind of nerdy or kind of artsy or kind of freaky. I mean, look at me. Yep. This is exactly as rad as it looks. It’s more just that I never felt as if I couldn’t, if I had wanted to, talk to someone and have them not snub me outright. Maybe it’s different in other schools around the country, but according to my experience in Orange County circa 1990, school-based YA lit just doesn’t ring true. Generally speaking, of course. There are always a few works of the genre that don’t play to cliché. Thankfully, Anya’s Ghost avoids most of the usual traps of the form. There are even moments when I found myself gleefully surprised at a direction in which Vera Brosgol would choose to take her story. Anya’s Ghost, as one may have guessed by now, is about three things. A girl named Anya, high school shenanigans, and, of course, a ghost. So really, the joy is in the details of how the story all works out rather than in the genius of any of the three parts on their own. Life Lesson #1: Don’t fall down pits in the park. Just not as healthy as you’d imagine. In the first place, Brosgol works hard to make Anya a character who very easily could be weird or strange or unwelcome but isn’t. She’s a typical teen from an immigrant family. She herself is an immigrant and by her word we learn that she’s worked very hard to compensate for her inauspicious country of origin. She’s overcome her accent, acclimated to the cultural diversity of young American life, and doesn’t dress like someone who’s just discovered clothes. (Apparently dressing like someone who can put together a plausible outfit is not something immigrants can naturally accomplish?) She’s also embarrassed by her native culture and goes to lengths to distance herself from that which will mark her as Foreign. Sometimes that means shortening an obnoxiously difficult-to-pronounce last name and sometimes it means forsaking the other kid from your country who hasn’t quite overcome his eager-foreigner tendencies yet. It happens… In a lot of ways, Anya’s Ghost explores the same cultural experience Gene Yang looks at in American Born Chinese , the barrier between being true to our own identity and being accepted by the world around us. While Yang’s protagonist gets a perm and imagines himself white, Brosgol’s Anya is determined to be assimilated. Both books speak gently to the threat of alienation, to the social stigma attached to not fitting in. Both works, in the end, admonish the reader that fitting in isn’t the be-all, end-all of human—let alone high school—existence. And best of all, neither book comes off overly preachy in their lessons, which is always nice for stories that contain overt morals at book’s end. Young women, know this: your fears of turning out to look like your mother are well-founded. Age is a terrible, terrible thing. It must be stopped. The world needs a new hero. Brosgol uses as much care with her exploration of the high school drama as she does in keeping her protagonist well-rounded. She doesn’t travel the typical lazy storytelling route of dividing the school into neat compartments. There are no jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, skaters, goths, or loadies in evidence here. There are no Heathers. Instead, there are just kids. And these kids have their social connections, but they aren’t divided down lines so plain as Extracurricular Interest. Anya has one best friend, an Irish girl named Siobhan, but she seems on friendly (or at least neutral) terms with most people. Dima, the Russian-extracted goodie-two-shoes, doesn’t pal around in a herd of nerds but simply offends on his lonesome. And Anya’s as-yet-unreciprocated romantic interest, Sean, is not the leader of the popular kids. He’s just a good-looking guy with a good-looking girlfriend. These are realistic persons forming a realistic net of relationships. And as for the ghost, I’ll refrain from talking too much about her, simply because her role drives the story. We’ll just leave it at this: I was surprised by what Brosgol did with what could have been a terribly cliched device. And that I could be so pleasantly pleased speaks highly for Brosgol’s product here. I dated a girl once with haunted cleavage. Well, okay, no. I didn’t. But pretending I did makes the whole thing seem more worthwhile. In fact, the entire package is just extremely well-conceived. The art, while cartoony and fairly simple, is just about perfect. Brosgol employs a style that reminds me of Andi Watson’s work on later Skeleton Key (maybe crossing volumes 4 and 5), which is just a fantastic place to start. The panel composition is fluid, well-pronounced, and tells Brosgol’s story without any difficulty. It’s all very clean and tidy—and in this reminds me of Yang’s ABC. As well, Anya herself is drawn in such a way that we can see she’s a bit off from the cultural ideal but still beautiful on her own. It’s primarily her own lack of confidence that keeps people from noticing her. So far as the writing goes, Brosgol treats her characters with respect and even when she’s not giving them whip-smart repartee, she at least keeps them from speaking like imbeciles. This is trickier than you might imagine in the domain of YA lit. Consider the best-selling Hunger Games. Or the better-selling Twilight. Dialogue is hard. Smart or believable dialogue is harder still. Anya’s Ghost pretty much nails this. (It’s not Raymond Chandler, but really, what is?) The ghost has a point, I guess. Prior to this work, I was entirely unfamiliar with Vera Brosgol or her work. Even now, I don’t know if she’s created anything else. But based on Anya’s Ghost, I plan to check out whatever bibliography she has as soon as this review posts. I am now a fan. [review courtesy of Good Ok Bad]

  3. 5 out of 5

    NReads

    Wanted it to be more creepy. Full review to come! Wanted it to be more creepy. Full review to come!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    “You’re no saint, Anya. You’re just like me” This story follows Anya Borzakovskaya who’s an immigrant from Russia, residing in the United States, alongside her mother and brother. Anya isn't doing particularly well in school. She doesn't have many friends. And one day while she’s feeling particularly blue about her life, she falls into a deep hole in the ground. Underground she meets Emily, a 90 year old ghost. This graphic novel not only focuses on a creepy, old ghost- it also talks about Anya’s “You’re no saint, Anya. You’re just like me” This story follows Anya Borzakovskaya who’s an immigrant from Russia, residing in the United States, alongside her mother and brother. Anya isn't doing particularly well in school. She doesn't have many friends. And one day while she’s feeling particularly blue about her life, she falls into a deep hole in the ground. Underground she meets Emily, a 90 year old ghost. This graphic novel not only focuses on a creepy, old ghost- it also talks about Anya’s self-image and her journey towards accepting herself. I could really relate to how Anya was feeling, and I’m glad that she gradually started to accept her background and history over the course of this story. It was a quick read that I had been looking forward to for months now. But the whole story with Emily, the ghost, didn’t really move or excite me (I do have to admit that I couldn’t read this at night—Ghosts scare me!). Oh, and Anya’s beep test in gym class brought back those horrible memories of my test. It’s been years but that beep test still haunts me. 3.5 stars *Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Anya's Ghost, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    4 1/2 stars It’s been a while since I’ve read a real graphic novel that’s not just text with illustrations. So it may be partly because I’ve been missing the format, but I was completely blown away by this book. It made me remember everything that’s possible in a graphic novel, but impossible when the story is confined to mere words. Beyond that, I think that it takes an incredible amount of talent to convey so efficiently and precisely the story, characters, emotions, and just everything in the 4 1/2 stars It’s been a while since I’ve read a real graphic novel that’s not just text with illustrations. So it may be partly because I’ve been missing the format, but I was completely blown away by this book. It made me remember everything that’s possible in a graphic novel, but impossible when the story is confined to mere words. Beyond that, I think that it takes an incredible amount of talent to convey so efficiently and precisely the story, characters, emotions, and just everything in the space of a drawing. Vera Brosgol infuses every cell with so much meaning and emotion. I think that I fell in love with Anya on about page two. She is a curvy, sarcastic, insecure, unmotivated, smart, snarky, dark, sweet Russian girl who wishes to be everything that she’s not. All of this comes across within the span of a few pages. There are very few words to this book, but any more would be simply unnecessary. The story is rich and detailed and complex as it is. Anya has a hopeless crush on the school basketball captain, and an envious sort of hatred for his girlfriend, the perfect blonde Elizabeth. When she falls into a well one afternoon, she discovers that she’s not alone. The ghost of a young girl lingers there, her body left to desiccate for ninety years. Anya is scared at first, but soon she discovers just how useful a ghost can be. There is a lovely message within these pages too. Anya feels so much like an outsider, and the bullying that she suffers as a child after immigrating to the U.S. encourages her to turn away from her identity and heritage. This is a common feeling for young people who must start over in a new place, but it is also a feeling universally shared by teenagers. I think that a lot of young people have that insecurity, that feeling of ill-fitting discomfort, like your entire person just doesn’t quite belong anywhere. There can be a tremendous amount of pressure to change and mold and adapt yourself to assimilate. Anya rejects everything curvy and smart and Russian. But Anya finds out that not all that seems perfect actually is, and that it’s a good thing to be different. This theme is nothing revolutionary, but the humor, the dash of the paranormal, and the fantastic artwork all contribute to the extraordinariness of this book. I highly recommend this for everyone. Perfect Musical Pairing Regina Spektor – Raindrops Regina seems like an obvious choice for this book, and this song is very fragile and sweet, like I imagine Anya is on the inside. This is a song about looking for connection and hoping to meet that special person that’s still unrevealed. Also seen on The Readventurer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Just to *touch* this book is a special treat. The black and white graphic photos are filled with emotion themselves. Anya is a teenage girl -in High School -in the United States ---from Russia. Yeah....'you' try fitting in! The story, photos, shape of the book, 'feel' of the book, the experience of the book is endearing, enchanting, spooky, sweet, sad, funny, .................and so delightful! Just to *touch* this book is a special treat. The black and white graphic photos are filled with emotion themselves. Anya is a teenage girl -in High School -in the United States ---from Russia. Yeah....'you' try fitting in! The story, photos, shape of the book, 'feel' of the book, the experience of the book is endearing, enchanting, spooky, sweet, sad, funny, .................and so delightful!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This review is probably going to be shorter than others because of risk of spoilers. Just take my word for it and read this book. "You may look normal like everyone else, but you're not. Not on the inside." Initial Final Page Thoughts. Aww. I wish all books were graphic novels. High Points. Just the fact that this book is a YA graphic novel makes my heart soar with joy. I can’t get enough of them and I don’t trust people who don’t like them. Seriously, people who don't like them... what is wrong wit This review is probably going to be shorter than others because of risk of spoilers. Just take my word for it and read this book. "You may look normal like everyone else, but you're not. Not on the inside." Initial Final Page Thoughts. Aww. I wish all books were graphic novels. High Points. Just the fact that this book is a YA graphic novel makes my heart soar with joy. I can’t get enough of them and I don’t trust people who don’t like them. Seriously, people who don't like them... what is wrong with you?! Vera Brosgol’s drawings are beautiful and eerie and perfectly compliment the story and issues that are covered. The use of the blue, black and white hues was inspired and so effective. Diversity. Realistic teenage girls with real life insecurities. Best friends. First crushes. Badass heroine. Low Points. I did not need the reminder of the bleep test. Dark times…. Dark times. Oh and yeah… page 205-207? You owe me a night’s sleep, Ms Brosgol. Heroine. Anya Borzakovskaya is prickly, sarcastic, rebellious, she skives boring lessons and wears short skirts to school. So naturally she was everything I love about in a YA heroine. She is also witty, clever and her ‘flaws’ only made me love her more. There was this great subtlety in Brosgol’s writing/drawing and Anya’s insecurities were introduced with such skill and it never felt too overwhelming. From the get go, Anya is at odds with society. She is insecure in how she looks, she’s self-conscious about her heritage, she has a crush on a boy who has a blonde All-American girlfriend with the perfect life and she argues with her mum all the time because they don’t understand how the other one is feeling. And then she gets haunted by a pesky ghost. I mean, come on…doesn’t she get a break? Best Friend. I lovedlovedloved Siobhan. She was my favourite kind of literary friend who, basically, tell the heroine to shut the eff up and get over it when they’re being dramatic and don’t let them become too annoying or bitchy. I would like to have seen more of Siobhan because she is the Jane to Anya’s Daria. And then we have Emily… but I’ll let you get acquainted with her on your own. Theme Tune. Long Black Veil- Johnny Cash *Shudder* Angst Factor. 8/10. Apart from the fact that this book was terrifying for approximately the entire book, Brosgol is a master of creating a beautiful story with a message that everyone who has ever felt like they haven’t fit in can relate to. It’s OK not to fit in because the people who you think are living the perfect life are just as flawed as the rest of us. Recommended For. EVERYONE. People who appreciate an amazing graphic novels. People who like their heroines sarcastic, realistic, flawed and AWESOME. People who have ever looked at someone else’s life and thought they would want to swap. People who would rather scale their school wall than do the bleep test. People who trust Neil Gaiman’s words of wisdom (He called this book a ‘masterpiece’and it truly, honestly, completely is). People who aren’t above using a ghost to cheat on an exam. You can also read the review for this book and others and a whole lot of other exciting stuff on my blog here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    Anya is a typical American teenager. Or... she would be if only she weren't Russian, or weird, unpopular and clumsy. I mean, things could definitely be worse: she might've still had an accent, be as plump as her mother, or (God Forbid!) the resident school weirdo. Good thing, she put those things behind her. And then one day she falls into a big hole... and dies. Eventually, at any rate. In the aforementioned hole however, she meets Emily, a perfectly nice little girl if only she weren't dead. St Anya is a typical American teenager. Or... she would be if only she weren't Russian, or weird, unpopular and clumsy. I mean, things could definitely be worse: she might've still had an accent, be as plump as her mother, or (God Forbid!) the resident school weirdo. Good thing, she put those things behind her. And then one day she falls into a big hole... and dies. Eventually, at any rate. In the aforementioned hole however, she meets Emily, a perfectly nice little girl if only she weren't dead. Still, when one is in dire need of some cheat sheets to get through life, a ghost is an excellent ally to have. Although I read my fair share of graphic novels (i.e. manga), I wouldn't know the first thing about reviewing them. Granted, the fact that most of them are yaoi in genre probably has something to do with it. There's only so much "haaaawt!!" and/or "yuuuuuuck!!!!!!" to go around, before your reviews become repetitive. Yes, those are my only qualifiers. You didn't really think I read them for the plot, did you? But back to Anya: the story is... cute, I guess. The characters are decently drawn. Not necessarily pretty, such as the ones in, say, the Koibitogokoro series, but not ugly either. Suffice to say, that it didn't distract me from the story line... which may or may not be a good thing. You be the judge of that. Score: 3/5 stars The entire novel could be summed up as "careful what you wish for", with the typical dash of "too good to be true", "don't be slut", "family is for life", yadda, yadda, yadda... Emily was interesting, I grant you that (especially when she started to show her real colours), but the rest of the cast was rather... meh. As far as I'm concerned, graphic novels are all about the art. Sure the story also has its place, but unless you're publishing a 1000-page book, it's unlikely to be something life changing. Decent art, predictable plot and an interesting character make it worth an average rating. That said, I'll be giving it away the first chance I have. So... tomorrow?

  9. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Just a mini-review: -the art is so cute I wanna die -weird traces of girl-hating -generally just a little bit rushed? -kind of a cheesy ending -but very cute and fun and fast-paced -i liked it, hurray

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    If you are afraid of ghosts, if a mere thought of them can make you go crazy, I'll suggest not the read the book during night. Anushka or Anya wants to stay fit, get the most popular guy from school, live a balanced life, to be around friends in this foreign country and when someone makes a poor joke, that's trouble, stay away. But that changes, when she meets a ghost by accident. If you are afraid of ghosts, if a mere thought of them can make you go crazy, I'll suggest not the read the book during night. Anushka or Anya wants to stay fit, get the most popular guy from school, live a balanced life, to be around friends in this foreign country and when someone makes a poor joke, that's trouble, stay away. But that changes, when she meets a ghost by accident.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    PS: After my first reading in 2014 I gave it 5 stars; after my second reading, in 2016: 3 stars. After class discussion today, two days after rereading the book, I have to bump it back up to 4 stars. In the class this summer we have thus far Ms. Marvel, Paper Girls, Blankets, The Arrival, Ghost World, and Anya's Ghost. I asked them today what was their favorite book so far and there were a range of answers, but by far the favorite so far overall is Anya's Ghost, and our pretty lively discussion PS: After my first reading in 2014 I gave it 5 stars; after my second reading, in 2016: 3 stars. After class discussion today, two days after rereading the book, I have to bump it back up to 4 stars. In the class this summer we have thus far Ms. Marvel, Paper Girls, Blankets, The Arrival, Ghost World, and Anya's Ghost. I asked them today what was their favorite book so far and there were a range of answers, but by far the favorite so far overall is Anya's Ghost, and our pretty lively discussion bolstered their claims and convinced me it was better than I had rated it. . .. Anya's Ghost is a YA (maybe grades 5-8) novel by Russian-American Brosgol. It's the story of a Russian-Ameican girl named Anya that wants badly to fit in. She smokes to look cool, she calls herself Brown instead of her long and complicated Russian name, she avoids Russian-American nerd boy Dima, she wants to lose weight so avoids fatty Russian foods, she is sort of attracted to a hot non-Russian guy. Sort of YA high school world. Echoes of American Born Chinese re: wanting to fit in, being somewhat ashamed of your heritage. Then Anya falls down a hole and encounters a ghost, Emily. When she gets out of the hole, she now has a (secret ghost) friend who helps her with grades, helps her to dress more fashionably (in order to attract the hot boy), and so on. And even this feels like it operates within an identifiable YA world. Faith Erin Hicks has a ghost in Friends with Boys, and there are many others. Ghosts are part of tween/ YA worlds, of course. But then things change, and I won't tell you the exact nature of the change to avoid a spoiler, but the book gets better, more interesting, because it gets surprising and . . . creepier. I identify it as "horror" above because it actually does make it from Casper-the-friendly-ghost territory through R. L. Stine territory to something at least approaching Stephen King, for this age group, at least. It's not just Scooby scares, it's a little scary. How did Emily die? What is Emily's stake in Anya's popularity? There's a mystery to solve. And some identity issues to face for both of them, ala YA, generally. Most of the identity issues don't resolve themselves all that surprisingly, but there are some satisfying aspects of the resolution. It's a good read! I read this a couple years ago and gave it five stars, thought it was amazing, hadn't read anything at this level that was this good, but now, having read a lot more YA Graphic Novels, I rated this down a bit, maybe a 3.5. It's very good, don't get me wrong, and I still like it. Brosgol's comics art for younger readers is accomplished and engaging and fun. And that hot guy? Turns out to be a jerk. But you saw that coming, right? Because you met him yourself in high school, right?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Archit

    It all appears glossy on the surface, the lives of others. Scratch beneath and you shall find the truth. Vera Brosgol does a good work in terms of artwork. The story build up is nice and easy. From falling down the pit to the empathy of the ghost to total turnaround; I think you learnt a lesson or two till you reached the very end. The character outlining of Anya was pretty cool and the book kept me interested as to where it was going. One extra star for the ending and the fluid way of writing (o It all appears glossy on the surface, the lives of others. Scratch beneath and you shall find the truth. Vera Brosgol does a good work in terms of artwork. The story build up is nice and easy. From falling down the pit to the empathy of the ghost to total turnaround; I think you learnt a lesson or two till you reached the very end. The character outlining of Anya was pretty cool and the book kept me interested as to where it was going. One extra star for the ending and the fluid way of writing (or drawing, I must say).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Anya is a teenage schoolgirl with all the usual insecurities about her weight, clothes, friends, etc. compounded by embarrassment over her Russian heritage. She makes an effort to lose her accent, avoid fatty Russian food, and even tells people her surname is Brown instead of her actual lengthy and complex Russian one. Upset after making another social faux pas, she ditches school and heads off to the park, promptly falling down a dry well where she meets the spirit of a long-deceased schoolgirl Anya is a teenage schoolgirl with all the usual insecurities about her weight, clothes, friends, etc. compounded by embarrassment over her Russian heritage. She makes an effort to lose her accent, avoid fatty Russian food, and even tells people her surname is Brown instead of her actual lengthy and complex Russian one. Upset after making another social faux pas, she ditches school and heads off to the park, promptly falling down a dry well where she meets the spirit of a long-deceased schoolgirl called Emily. So begins a strange friendship as Anya sets out to discover Emily’s killer. Vera Brosgol’s comic tackles the familiar theme of alienation, where a teenager with a foreign background is trying to fit into American society as well as deal with the twin minefields of high school and puberty. Books like Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese and G. Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel are about the same thing. Russian/Chinese/Pakistani characters wanting desperately to fit in but also conflicted about not forgetting where they come from. It’s not surprising given that America is the great melting pot of cultures, the “great experiment”, but what is surprising is how good all of those comics are despite essentially treading the same ground. Brosgol is a comics natural and her storytelling in this medium is near flawless. The panels flow perfectly leading to a well-paced and very satisfying read. Anya herself is very believably written – I expect Brosgol’s own Russian background fed into her character’s – and very likeable and real too. Like most girls her age, she’s not ugly or fat even though she believes she is. Her vulnerability is endearing and her spiky personality is charming. Just when I thought Anya’s Ghost was veering a little too close to another “teen girl haunted by a ghost” story, Faith Erin Hicks’ Friends With Boys, Brosgol takes things in an unexpectedly dark and exciting direction as Anya discovers the truth of Emily’s past. The artwork was very attractive with confident lines and is perfectly suitable for younger readers. Anya’s very fluidly expressive figure and face reminded me of the animation in Disney’s Aladdin (which makes sense as I later found out that Brosgol’s background is in animation). The “protagonist falls and is trapped in a remote location and meets a magical being” scene probably had a bit to do with it as well. As is often the case with comics aimed at younger readers, it is a little didactic but not obnoxiously so. And the message about being proud of who you are and not relying on other people to make you feel good about yourself is a fine one to send to all readers, whatever their age. If there’s one negative, it’s purely down to me rather than Brosgol: I’ve read a wee bit too many books like this before and I can’t get as excited over it as I have others. If I’d read this before American Born Chinese, Friends With Boys, and Ms Marvel, I’m sure I’d be more enthusiastic. Anya’s Ghost is an excellent comic. Very well-written and skilfully drawn, told beautifully with strong characters and an entertaining story that readers from age 12 onwards will enjoy. Vera Brosgol is an extremely talented cartoonist whose books I will definitely keep an eye out for in future!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I just really started getting into graphic novels in the past year or so, and so far, Anya's Ghost is my favorite. I loved the drawings, I thought the story was super engrossing, and really easy to follow (which isn't always the case with graphic novels). I thought this story was really unique and surprising. I really enjoyed reading about Anya's character. I feel like a lot of teens will be able to relate to her, in one way or another. I think ANYA'S GHOST is the perfect choice for people who are I just really started getting into graphic novels in the past year or so, and so far, Anya's Ghost is my favorite. I loved the drawings, I thought the story was super engrossing, and really easy to follow (which isn't always the case with graphic novels). I thought this story was really unique and surprising. I really enjoyed reading about Anya's character. I feel like a lot of teens will be able to relate to her, in one way or another. I think ANYA'S GHOST is the perfect choice for people who are curious about graphic novels but don't know where to start! I wish I would have read this a couple of month's ago for Halloween!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    As if it being five o'clock on a Friday of a three day weekend isn't exciting enough, I found a blue library envelope on my doorstep this afternoon with a brand spanking new copy of Anya's Ghost inside. Guys, it is GORGEOUS. I'm talking Golum "my precious" impersonation inspiring gorgeous. Less than an hour later, I'm at the last page and officially have a new favorite YA graphic novel. Let's get this out of the way first: Anya Borzakovskaya is awesome. She's got the normal teenage insecurities go As if it being five o'clock on a Friday of a three day weekend isn't exciting enough, I found a blue library envelope on my doorstep this afternoon with a brand spanking new copy of Anya's Ghost inside. Guys, it is GORGEOUS. I'm talking Golum "my precious" impersonation inspiring gorgeous. Less than an hour later, I'm at the last page and officially have a new favorite YA graphic novel. Let's get this out of the way first: Anya Borzakovskaya is awesome. She's got the normal teenage insecurities going on and her desire to blend in is compounded by being a Russian immigrant. She looks around her and sees skinny, blonde and effortless perfection compared to her love handles, cultural heritage and social awkwardness. She's negative and snarky, so focused on conformity she's unable to appreciate the unique aspects of her life and the good things that come with it. Anya may think her greatest wish is to go unnoticed but in reality she's just looking for someone who can understand what she's going through. She never expected to find that someone at the bottom of a well...in the form of a 90 years past dead ghost of a teenage girl. But does her new best friend understand her as well as she seems? Is assimilation worth giving up autonomy? Are your wants and needs more important simply by having the distinction of being yours? As I mentioned, it's the Friday of a three day weekend so I'll keep this short, but Anya's Ghost is a real keeper. Brosgol deftly accomplishes so much in so little space. There is an economy of text but an abundance of meaning. The message is wonderful. The illustrations are engaging. The heroine is spectacular. The more I learned about Anya the more I celebrated the differences she despised. I really enjoyed and highly recommend this book. This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    Not what I was expecting! Really enjoyed it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    3-1/2 stars Anya attends a slightly snobby private school where she has precisely one friend, dodges the Russian boy her mother wishes she'd befriend, and coasts by doing as little work as possible. Then, stomping home from school in a snit, she takes a shortcut and falls down an abandoned well -- a well that is haunted by a teenage ghost who's been hanging out alone for 90 years. When the ghost follows her home, Anya seems to have a new friend. But friendships with dead girls can be a little 3-1/2 stars Anya attends a slightly snobby private school where she has precisely one friend, dodges the Russian boy her mother wishes she'd befriend, and coasts by doing as little work as possible. Then, stomping home from school in a snit, she takes a shortcut and falls down an abandoned well -- a well that is haunted by a teenage ghost who's been hanging out alone for 90 years. When the ghost follows her home, Anya seems to have a new friend. But friendships with dead girls can be a little more complicated than Anya would have guessed. This is an odd little graphic novel that grew on me as I read it. I started off not really liking Anya much, which put me off. So I didn't feel as sorry for her as I maybe should have when she fell down that well and was stuck there for two days. Then I didn't like the ghost much, either -- she's vague and bland aside from her self-pity. But as I kept reading, and the story grew more interesting, I also found myself liking Anya more, and rooting for her to figure out both her ghost problems and her boy problems (she likes a boy who turns out to be not so admirable). So this ended up being a cute, well-drawn and well-told story about a disgruntled teenager learning some useful things about dealing with people, both living and dead. I guessed one twist (view spoiler)[I've lived long enough, read enough suspense novels, and watched enough TV movies to recognize an off-balance, obviously lying ghost when I meet one (hide spoiler)] , but it was still well done, and tied in well with another story line, so I didn't mind. The one plot hole bothering me is why that well wasn't filled in as soon as Anya was rescued from it (and her rescue was a little odd, too; she barely seemed to have been missed). And I'm not entirely sure what age group this book is aimed at. Anya seems to be about 15, but the feel of the story is sometimes a little middle-grade, despite Anya's constant smoking. But those quibbles are not detracting from my general feeling of fondness for this book. Overall, this made an excellent bit of not-quite-October spooky reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hershey

    Well, this was quite enjoyable and yet at the same time quite disappointing, I guess. To start off with the positives, what I really loved about Anya's Ghost is its artwork and colour scheme. I loved how each and every page was in light shades of purple, white and black. I love such gloomy themes. I don't know what else to add to the positives or the negatives, to be honest because on the whole this was an okay read for me. I didn't like or dislike the characters and the same goes for the story l Well, this was quite enjoyable and yet at the same time quite disappointing, I guess. To start off with the positives, what I really loved about Anya's Ghost is its artwork and colour scheme. I loved how each and every page was in light shades of purple, white and black. I love such gloomy themes. I don't know what else to add to the positives or the negatives, to be honest because on the whole this was an okay read for me. I didn't like or dislike the characters and the same goes for the story line. You know something all of us fail to realize? We are awesome as we are. Our biggest flaw is that we try to hide that awesomeness for god know's why! Anya could have been cool and awesome if she didn't yearn to be thin like all the other popular girls and wanted all the good looking guys. Come on, nobody these days fall for looks! Personality matters, Anya. I still think she looks pretty, both ways. I don't know why she hated herself, her mom, her friend and people who actually try to be nice to her. Then, she whines that she has no friends and wants friends who are 'popular'. She was extremely hypocritical and boring and had no uniqueness to her. However, I really liked the Ghost. I feel like the ghost was the only character in this story that actually had some personality. I don't care if its actions were evil or not, this particular character had substance. It advised Anya, it had opinions for god's sake! Anya, on the other hand, had none and was extremely bitter and acted like a cow. A bad one, since I like cows that have four feet. I didn't really care for the story. It was okay and it left me feeling nothing. I would have liked it to end in a different way, though. I think the only character that left an impression on me is the Ghost. Maybe, I would remember this book because of Anya's ghost and not Anya herself and thank god this book was rightly named!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    Well this was fun! I loved the art: it was really cute and stylized and awesome. And I really loved the story line: it became creepy and dangerous and that was awesome! However, I can't give it 5 stars because I didn't like the main character.. I was hoping she would grow throughout the story, but she really didn't! I recommend this graphic novel, peeps! It honestly felt more like a cool comic book! :D Well this was fun! I loved the art: it was really cute and stylized and awesome. And I really loved the story line: it became creepy and dangerous and that was awesome! However, I can't give it 5 stars because I didn't like the main character.. I was hoping she would grow throughout the story, but she really didn't! I recommend this graphic novel, peeps! It honestly felt more like a cool comic book! :D

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    4.5* I really enjoyed this. It was brilliantly creepy in all the right ways, yet it also has an underlying depth and fantastic message to it which I really enjoyed! It flowed well and I really loved the art style! Finished it in under an hour and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can't wait to read more from Vera Brosgol in the future! Such a great graphic novel! 4.5* I really enjoyed this. It was brilliantly creepy in all the right ways, yet it also has an underlying depth and fantastic message to it which I really enjoyed! It flowed well and I really loved the art style! Finished it in under an hour and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can't wait to read more from Vera Brosgol in the future! Such a great graphic novel!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Not at all what I was expecting.......it was so much better!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    My friend Tasha highly recommended this to me. She says it brought back memories of being a Russian immigrant to the United States. Disclaimer- I’m not a huge fan of ya other than a few preferred authors. This is also the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I read it like a comic book in under an hour. What worked- the author was sincere. The story was a genuine look at an American high school. It felt to me as if Daria’s World was a Russian immigrant and transplanted in the 21st century. My friend Tasha highly recommended this to me. She says it brought back memories of being a Russian immigrant to the United States. Disclaimer- I’m not a huge fan of ya other than a few preferred authors. This is also the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I read it like a comic book in under an hour. What worked- the author was sincere. The story was a genuine look at an American high school. It felt to me as if Daria’s World was a Russian immigrant and transplanted in the 21st century. So I did reminisce and got a few laughs, especially the gym class scene. What did not work- I’m just not a fan of ya books or for that matter graphic novels. If I was going to read a ya book, I’d rather read a book of prose, not pictures as I like to imagine everything in my head. Who would like it- The artwork was exquisite. This edition contains a question and answer with the author at the end and she seems like a well rounded individual. This is a book for teens. It may be a long time before I read another graphic novel. I do think my kids would enjoy this though. 3 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xueting

    Very original and innovative story! I was so engrossed I read it in less than two hours, almost one whole sitting. The twist really got me. Anya's a very unique and relatable character who matures in the book. I like how the story shows many sides to bullying- those who get bullied experience it in different levels, some better than others so there forms a hierarchy even among the bullied, while they still think about being cooler. And the popular girls aren't always mean. I love how Anya's cult Very original and innovative story! I was so engrossed I read it in less than two hours, almost one whole sitting. The twist really got me. Anya's a very unique and relatable character who matures in the book. I like how the story shows many sides to bullying- those who get bullied experience it in different levels, some better than others so there forms a hierarchy even among the bullied, while they still think about being cooler. And the popular girls aren't always mean. I love how Anya's culture and immigrant experience shapes her maturity not in an overt and explicit, in-your-face kinda way, so it's believable and really admirable in the end when she sees that she doesn't have to let what others think about her affect her cultural pride and identity. Anya's so interesting anyway, I'd want to be friends with her :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★

    It was a pretty fun read and I finished reading it in one sitting. Actually, I read this book when I didn't feel fine. I was sick and I was pretty dizzy at that time but I couldn't stop reading it. I was just so curious about the story and I liked it! It was a pretty fun read. It was a pretty fun read and I finished reading it in one sitting. Actually, I read this book when I didn't feel fine. I was sick and I was pretty dizzy at that time but I couldn't stop reading it. I was just so curious about the story and I liked it! It was a pretty fun read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ♛ may

    this was so much deeper than i expected i thought this was going to be a cute graphic novel on a girl befriending a ghost but it's not, IT'S SO MUCH BETTER - there were some deep messages that we get at the end - i really liked the shift in tone and plot halfway through the book, i DID NOT see that coming and i was surprised but in a definite good way - very cute, the art was good, i liked the development of the story - the ending was done well, wish we got some closure with her and her family and a this was so much deeper than i expected i thought this was going to be a cute graphic novel on a girl befriending a ghost but it's not, IT'S SO MUCH BETTER - there were some deep messages that we get at the end - i really liked the shift in tone and plot halfway through the book, i DID NOT see that coming and i was surprised but in a definite good way - very cute, the art was good, i liked the development of the story - the ending was done well, wish we got some closure with her and her family and a little more on self acceptance and all that - the art was ✨exquisite✨ - very emo, very angsty, loved the vibes 3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Brief Introduction: After reading so many graphic novels that dealt with superheroes and electrifying bloody action scenes, I finally came across a graphic novel that is aimed at young adults, but actually deals with the more mundane aspects of our lives (or should I say, the more spooky and supernatural aspects of our lives). “Anya’s Ghost” is a young adult graphic novel by Russian born author Vera Brosgol and is also Vera Brosgol’s debut book and it has everything that you would enjoy from Brief Introduction: After reading so many graphic novels that dealt with superheroes and electrifying bloody action scenes, I finally came across a graphic novel that is aimed at young adults, but actually deals with the more mundane aspects of our lives (or should I say, the more spooky and supernatural aspects of our lives). “Anya’s Ghost” is a young adult graphic novel by Russian born author Vera Brosgol and is also Vera Brosgol’s debut book and it has everything that you would enjoy from any young adult novel detailing a teenager’s angst of going through high school (boys, popularity and GHOSTS!) What is the story? Anya Borzakovskaya is not like the other kids at her new private school as she comes from a Russian family and is known as an outsider at her new school. Anya is also embarrassed by her family and tries so desperately to fit in her new school. One day however, Anya accidentally falls down a well and there, she meets a young ghost girl named Emily Reilly who had died centuries ago. At first, Anya and Emily become fast friends, but then Anya will soon realize that having a ghost for a friend is not all sunshine and roses as it seems! What I loved about this comic: The story: Wow! This was one unique and spooky story that really made me have a greater appreciation for horror stories (although I already had a huge obsession with those types of stories!) Vera Brosgol has done an excellent job at writing this story as the characters’ dialogues are full of snarky comments which made each character so relatable to the readers. I especially loved the ever sarcastic main character Anya as she is always making comments about how miserable her life is and how she is so embarrassed by her Russian family. Probably my favorite scene in this graphic novel was when Anya has to do the dreaded “Bleep Test” which is where you have to run across the gym and make it to the edge of the gym while a beep sound goes off. This scene strongly related to me because I remembered I had to do the dreaded “Bleep Test” when I was in middle school and it was not fun at all! But what I really loved about Vera Brosgol’s writing is the mystery and the horror elements in this story. I loved the fact that instead of having your everyday story about a teenage boy or girl trying to make it through high school; you have a ghost story that strongly wraps with Anya’s struggles in fitting in school while Anya herself is trying to solve the mystery of the ghost girl Emily Reilly and her “mysterious” murder many years ago. I loved the idea that Anya actually has a ghost for a friend and it was interesting seeing Anya interact with the ghost girl without being scared. I also loved the way that Vera Brosgol provided so much mystery surrounding the ghost girl as you have to wonder to yourself about why she is with Anya in the first place and what her purpose is for being with Anya? The artwork: Vera Brosgol’s artwork is truly creative to look at as the coloring of the artwork is mainly in black and white, which truly gives the appropriate spooky feel to the story. The only problem I have with the artwork is that it looks too cartoony for this type of story, which is a horror story and usually when I think about horror stories, I think about realistic imagery. However, I do think that the cartoony artwork really worked well with some of the story’s humor, so it was a good deal for me. I also loved the images of Anya herself as she has long black hair, a chubby figure and freckles on her face that really makes her stand out from the other characters in this graphic novel. What made me feel uncomfortable about this book: A little warning: there is some language in this graphic novel, although the language is not really strong and it only appears a few times in this novel, so this graphic novel should be appropriate enough for the young adult audience. Also, the theme about a possible murder in this story might be a bit frightening for readers who do not like reading about death. ~Small Nitpick~ Concerning the ending of this story, I was a bit annoyed at how the book ended since I wanted to see more from the characters in Anya’s world. I will not tell you what happened at the end, but let us just say that the book sort of ended on an abrupt note and you are wondering if there will be another book detailing Anya’s adventures. Final Thoughts: Overall, “Anya’s Ghost” is a fantastic book about dealing with peer pressure and the importance of being yourself no matter how different you are from other people. I would strongly recommend this book to any fan of young adult graphic novels and fans who love a good ghost story! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Markus

    The really, really short review: I started this book last night. I was happy to get up this morning because I knew I'd get to finish it over breakfast. I WAS HAPPY TO GET UP ON A MONDAY, PEOPLE. The still reasonably short review: I'm not feeling very eloquent today, so I thought I'd post a transcript of how I sounded as I read Anya's Ghost: "Oh, shoot – this is due back at the library soon. Better read it..." "...wait, what does that say? Oh. That's the Cyrillic alphabet. This girl's mom is very old- The really, really short review: I started this book last night. I was happy to get up this morning because I knew I'd get to finish it over breakfast. I WAS HAPPY TO GET UP ON A MONDAY, PEOPLE. The still reasonably short review: I'm not feeling very eloquent today, so I thought I'd post a transcript of how I sounded as I read Anya's Ghost: "Oh, shoot – this is due back at the library soon. Better read it..." "...wait, what does that say? Oh. That's the Cyrillic alphabet. This girl's mom is very old-country Russian. Cute. But now I want to know what that food is, and I can't even sound it out..." "I'm liking this. I – whoa, okay, that was kind of scary. Ooh – I'll bet she wishes she'd hung on to that 'fattening' food now..." "Oh, that is such a guy thing to say. What a maroon. Oh, well – at least he helped her." "Whoa! Wasn't expecting that! This is getting really good." "That was pretty funny." "That was really sweet!" "HOLY CARP, THAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING I'VE EVER READ." "Okay, this is getting kind of spooky..." "I SO WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT." "OH HOLY NIGHT THIS IS REALLY SCARY." "Aw! What a great ending!" "Crap. I wish this book had been longer." Conclusion: Read this book. Srsly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    alexandra

    3.5/5 i just started getting into graphic novels and i think they may be my new favorite thing. ANYA'S GHOST was insightful, quick, and a bit creepy. i love how anya develops throughout the novel. it made me a bit sad in the beginning how embarrassed she was to be from russia and how she'd often get bullied. anya tried so hard to change the way she is, but girl, YOU SHOULD GO AN LOVE YOURSELF. (sorry, i had to. i felt j.biebs right there.) the whole book basically follows how anya changes and real 3.5/5 i just started getting into graphic novels and i think they may be my new favorite thing. ANYA'S GHOST was insightful, quick, and a bit creepy. i love how anya develops throughout the novel. it made me a bit sad in the beginning how embarrassed she was to be from russia and how she'd often get bullied. anya tried so hard to change the way she is, but girl, YOU SHOULD GO AN LOVE YOURSELF. (sorry, i had to. i felt j.biebs right there.) the whole book basically follows how anya changes and realizes that she should be proud of who she is and embrace that. the story is told an equally adorable (because of the art) and creepy (because of the GHOST) way. there were parts that actually kept me on edge and the plot twist took me by surprise. i liked how short, quick, and to-the-point this book was. overall, i really enjoyed this novel! it wasn't super life changing or emotional, but still had moments that were heartfelt. i've been in a few reading slumps lately and just figured that graphic novels are perfect ways to solve those slumps, so i'll definitely be picking more up in the future!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bookteafull (Danny)

    Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars “I don't think murder is an appropriate reaction to disappointment.” I reluctantly have to agree, otherwise, I'd be feeling pretty homicidal. Okay. So the artwork is beautiful and Anya's expressions shine right off the page, that at the very least, I'll concede to. I mean, look at this: This graphic style paired up with the one creepy scene/plot twist is the only reason I rated this as high as I did. Had the novel's 'Oh shit' moment been a bit more elongated Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars “I don't think murder is an appropriate reaction to disappointment.” I reluctantly have to agree, otherwise, I'd be feeling pretty homicidal. Okay. So the artwork is beautiful and Anya's expressions shine right off the page, that at the very least, I'll concede to. I mean, look at this: This graphic style paired up with the one creepy scene/plot twist is the only reason I rated this as high as I did. Had the novel's 'Oh shit' moment been a bit more elongated and dealt with in a way that was consistent to the main character, I probably would have rated it at least 3 stars. But it wasn't, so 2.5 it is. The story itself was lacking, rushed, and off-putting for a variety of reasons: 1. Blatant Girl-Hating. Why is this a thing I still find myself reading about? Is this concept alluring to readers? Because it isn't to me. Throughout the novel, Anya is petty af and actively talking shit about another girl (Elizabeth) simply because she's skinny, pretty, and in a relationship with her crush. Anya goes out of her way to plan ways in which to lure her crush away from his girlfriend and have Elizabeth visibly heartbroken. Elizabeth, by the way, has been nothing but polite and pleasant toward her. AND THEN the book tries to 'fix this' by having Anya realize that it's not right to treat people badly or be jealous of them because 'you never know if they're struggling with their own problems too.' How about just having her realize it's a dickish thing to do? Regardless of whether or not the person may be struggling with something. I get what the author was trying to do and this conclusion came about after a realization Anya has regarding Elizabeth's relationship with her crush, but it came off with the implication that it's acceptable to be mean to people who do have their shit together. Like, don't just act like a decent human being when someone is currently struggling with poor mental health - do so every other time as well, thanks boo boo. 2. Slut Shaming. Wow-zah. The casual level in which this was depicted was mind-boggling. Apparently, women can't wear shirts that show off their breasts without Anya and her ghost having a few choice words about it. #yikes. 3. Body Dysmorphia that is never dealt with. Alright cool. Anya is obsessively focused on her body weight and clearly has constant automatic negative thoughts about her appearance but we're just never gunna talk about it beyond how it relates to her crush. Cool. C o o l. 4. The Men. The guys in this comic all suck - to the point that it comes off slightly unrealistic too. For example, when Anya first falls into a well and calls for help - a wandering goth dude's first reaction is to inquire whether or not Anya is hot, as the answer to this question may influence his rescuing her. I repeat, WTF. 5. Anya herself. She's dislikable. I was not a fan of how she treated her family, nor did I enjoy the fact that she only really turned a corner when they were in a life or death situation. Emily (the ghost) stated it best when she told Anya that she was selfish and self-centered. I read this book for one of the criteria in the 2018's Read Harder Challenge and it's safe to say that I will not be picking up any more work from this author. P.S. Emily was the highlight of this graphic novel for me but that's not saying much considering she also participated in the slut-shaming (mind you, it's learned-behavior from Anya but still).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah DiMento

    I liked it. Quick, fun read. Nothing special about it though.

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