Dan Clowes described the story in Ghost World as the examination of "the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish." From this perch comes a revelation about adolescence that is both subtle and coolly beautiful. Critics have pointed out Clowes's cynicism and vicious social commentary, but if you concentrate on those aspects, you'll miss the exquisite whole that Clowes has captured. Each chapter ends with melancholia that builds towards the amazing, detached, ghostlike ending. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA?Eight interconnected stories about two teens. Enid and Rebecca have been friends for so long that it's difficult for either of them to let the other grow or change. Now Enid will probably leave their working-class neighborhood and go away to college and Rebecca cannot accept this change in their relationship. Enid is the more radical and dramatic of the two, the one who talks a male friend into escorting her into an X-rated "adult" store. Rebecca is not so much a follower as simply more circumspect. She's the one who reasons that Josh, a friend they're both guilty of provoking sexually, really deserves to sleep with one of them after all the teasing he's weathered. While the vocabulary here is raunchy, it is accurate for the characters. These realistic 18-year-olds don't always talk nice and don't always act nice but they do have moral fiber underneath their tough-girl exteriors. It's just that they're at a point in life and a place in society where exteriors are a lot more important than nice. This is a book with distinct appeal to urban high school students, but it's certainly not for their younger brothers and sisters. Depending on where your comics are shelved, add this one where the age-appropriate audience is most likely to find it. The artwork is evocative and tasteful and the book can serve as a bridge to more literary stories of friendships.?Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enid and Becky are done with high school. This should be the time of their lives when they party and travel to the beach. Read morePublished on March 6 2013 by Book Cupid
Awesome. This was completely easy to read. Images were well drawn, but more importantly the conversations were so believable. I laughed out loud on the bus - slightly embarrassing. Read morePublished on May 27 2012 by Who the hell is Natalie Varios
This graphic novel relates the wanderings of Enid and Rebecca, who have just finished high school and are ambivalent about everything, whether it is about their future, their... Read morePublished on May 13 2011 by S. Lavigne
I didn't like the Ghost world movie, but the graphic novel was a lot better. There were a couple of times I got confused with people (heh, maybe it's just me) but it was funny and... Read morePublished on June 13 2004
I would say that the story is a little different from what you saw on the big screen. The movie twisted a few of the plot points around, changing the character's interactions, but... Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by Alicia
had a lot to do with convincing me that a graphic novel could really achieve the depth and complexity of a genuine work of art. Read morePublished on June 28 2003 by Gulley Jimson
Yet another angsty novel about high school outcasts. The material is tedious at best.Published on Dec 17 2002