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 Ghostis a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol. –from Goodreads
If you are looking for a graphic novel with a great story line and a clear, positive message – look no further. I know, it might seem a little strange that a graphic novel would bring positivity with it, but Anya’s Ghost is a fantastic graphic novel for those of you who want to delve into the awesomeness that is the graphic novel.
I think that teenagers, particularly girls, will really identify with Anya. She embodies what all teenagers go through (self-doubt, self-image problems, and the like). My first impression of Anya was that she was whiny and too self-absorbed, but when you think about it, that really encompasses about 99% of teenagers. Things do get better, however. Anya slowly starts to see that maybe her life isn’t so bad and she starts to appreciate the people and things around her.
What I really enjoyed were the illustrations. They are done in black and white and are very well executed. I am kicking myself right now for not taking pictures when I got the chance. Nevertheless, Vera Brosgol does a very nice job with Anya’s Ghost.
Overall, I think Anya’s Ghost is the perfect introduction for those of you who are thinking about delving into graphic novels. It’s not your typical superhero type of comic. There is a bit of realistic fiction, some mystery, and a good bit of suspense within this novel.
Have you read Anya’s Ghost? What did you think about it?