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Anya's Ghost (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)

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Title:Anya's Ghost
Authors:Vera Brosgol
Other authors:Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
Info:First Second (2011), Paperback, 224 pages
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Anya’s Ghost. Written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol. First Second / Roaring Book Press / Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings. 2011. 221 pages. $19.99 hbk. 978-1596437135. Grades 9-12.

When Anya accidentally falls down a well, she meets a ghost named Emily who starts following her around and helps her reinvent herself. But as Anya follows Emily’s advice, the ghost becomes more and more controlling of a life that isn’t hers to live. Brosgol’s graphic novel offers a wonderful balance of relaxed humor – high school plights and mild ghostly fantasy make for a winning combination ¬– and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Eloquent monochromatic illustrations, whose rounded lines and curved forms pleasantly belie the abundance of angst and the usual high school debauchery (smoking, partying, and the like), lead the reader through a structurally uncomplicated graphic novel experience. Brosgol develops nuance in the straightforward main plotline, investing the reader in the story and in the relatable – warts and all – character of Anya: for instance, Anya is a first-generation Russian immigrant, a detail which adds depth to Brosgol’s representation of the classic high school woe of “not fitting in.” This foray into fantasy skillfully blends lighthearted comedy with more serious, universal worries (not to mention expressive cinematic illustrations!), creating a world that’s open (in both subject matter and format) to any young adult reader. ( )
  tierneyc | Nov 20, 2014 |
Decent graphic novel, if a little preachy. Anya is a bit of a b. and I don't get why she's so angry all the time. Because she's fat? Come on.

Nice twist at the end, but the ghost is the best part of the book. ( )
  lesindy | Nov 1, 2014 |
One day Anya, a dissatisfied Russian-American immigrant trying to assimilate into American culture during high school, falls into a hole in the ground. Anya as she is portrayed is instantly recognizable to readers; anxious about her curves, smarter than she wants to let on to, and snarky enough to respond with cutting witticisms, she is the quintessential teen trying to navigate circles of popularity in a hypercritical world. One day, after cutting school to smoke some cigarettes and angst over a boy, Anya falls into a deep hole in the ground. Much to her horror, she finds a skeleton and against her wishes is soon embroiled in a conversation with the ghost of the young girl, Emily, who died. Before too long Anya escapes the hole accompanied by Emily, who from then on proceeds to use her ghostly powers to help Anya out in daily life (like spying on the answers for a test Anya failed to study for). The story truly begins to gain traction when Anya realizes that this convenience comes with hidden costs and is forced to reconsider her priorities and attitudes towards her life. The illustrations are wonderfully utilized to portray the dark and brooding mood of the story. Dark and simply constructed, the panels work together to convey the sense of supernatural and heighten the foreboding atmosphere that becomes more oppressing as each page is turned. Recommended for purchase. ( )
  kornelas1 | Oct 23, 2014 |
I love the art style and the story in general... it's a great thing that really hits on the pains of being different while growing up. But it also does a great job of illustrating how warped your perspective can get in the process. ( )
  cendri | May 30, 2014 |
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a graphic novel about a Russian American girl trying to fit in. Just as Buffy has vampires getting in the way of normalcy, Anya, after surviving the fall down a well, has a ghost to contend with.

In my review of Friends with Boys I mentioned my dissatisfaction over the under-developed ghost girl side plot. Anya's Ghost is essentially that missing plot but done more darkly.

Stylistically Anya's Ghost is the intersection of the Hereville graphic novels by Barry Deutsch and Friends with Boys. ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 13, 2014 |
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Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

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