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Anya's Ghost Paperback – Jun 7 2011
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“Anya's Ghost is a masterpiece, of YA literature and of comics.” ―Neil Gaiman
“Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) who likewise conveyed the particulars of an immigrant adolescence, Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were.” ―The New York Times
About the Author
Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has a degree in Classical Animation and currently works as a storyboard artist at Laika, Inc. Her work can be seen in the recently released Coraline.
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Anya is a fairly typical teen girl -- embarrassed by her very Russian family, unhappy with her curvy body, and enamored of the handsomest, most popular boy at school. On her way home, Anya accidentally falls down an old well. At the bottom, she discovers a ghost named Emily who died there ninety years ago -- and when Anya gets out, she accidentally brings Emily's finger bone with her, allowing the ghost to roam with her.
And at first, Emily makes everything better -- she sympathizes with Anya's woes, helps her on tests, and even helps her interact with her crush. But at a wild party, Anya discovers that the "perfect" teenagers don't quite have the perfect lives she thought. And after a bit of research into Emily's death, Anya realizes that her new friend has a horrifying dark side -- and unless Anya does what she wants, she's going to target Anya's family.
At first, "Anya's Ghost" feels like a 1980s John Hughes coming-of-age movie, only with the added twist of a ghostly companion. There's a lot of angst, crushes, school woes, and a teenage heroine who has to discover what is really important for her in life. And at first, it seems that this is a light little tale about a girl and her ghostly BFF.Read more ›
Vera Brosgol's first book is a superbly drawn comic which style's reflect the author's past work in animation. The lines are clean and sharp, the shapes are smooth. The minimalistic use of color adds depth to the heavy line art. While being a story aimed for a younger public, Brosgol succeed to make it easily enjoyable for people past the teen years. I would love to see this book adapted for a short cartoon serie. Despite the expected ending and issues found in any teen stories, Anya's ghost is a greatly enjoyable light read and a nice addition to every comic books collector's library.
I will be eager for more books from this Moscow born artist.
And then to top this off, she falls down a well and meets Emily, a ghost of a murdered teen. Can things get any worse? Oh, yes!
This book was impossible to put down. For one thing, it was beautifully drawn, feeling more like a movie than a book. Anya was no Mary-Sue. She was tenacious, and stood up for herself. All she wanted was to fit in, something we are all familiar with. She reminded me a lot of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.
I recommend this to anyone who is searching for a dark yet witty story.
If you have the money and love graphic novels, I think this would be a fine addition to your collection. Use the $20 your parents' gave you for your lunch money this month for this book. You don't need to eat.
Brilliant creepy ghost story! Anya is a Russian immigrant highschool student. She's been in America since she was 5 so she's pretty much Americanized except for her name, but she doesn't see it that way. She feels as though she has to struggle to fit in at school, that her mother and her Russian cooking and ways are embarrassing, that she's expected to be friends with the new Russian nerdy kid is beyond endurance, especially since she only has one friend herself who is also an outsider. What with normal teen issues such as body image, a crush on the school's cutest guy and embarrassing herself in gym; it's not like she doesn't have enough on her plate. But then one day she falls down an open well in the woods and finds a skeleton and its ghost. The ghost comes along with her and becomes her new best friend, but what at first seems a sad, kind, helpful ghost turns into something much more sinister and Anya realizes she's put her whole family at risk.
Absolutely loved this! The pace was perfect; it just slowly got creepier and creepier and watching the ghost's true self come out was a lot of fun. Anya was a great heroine; someone easily relatable to, with issues similar to all of us at that age. Do take note of the age recommendation (14+), the book is written about teenagers and contains material or references to topics that will not be appropriate for youngers.
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What a cute charming story, that wasn't quite what I expected (in a good way).Published 6 months ago by Taeha
I enjoyed the graphics (they are sort of grey-blue, which I like) and the story is very curious. It is about a girl Anya, who struggles with her appearance, the fact that she is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fox
Big surprise: "Anya's Ghost" is about a ghost. And a girl named Anya.
But Vera Nosgol's simple yet entrancing graphic novel is definitely a lot more than that,... Read more
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