Anya's ghost is the story of Anya, a teenage girl from an immigrant family who struggles to fit in a private u.s.a. school. Until she meets Emily, a 100 years old ghost who seems to be harmless and helps her to be successful in her studies and with boys. The more and more Anya becomes distracted by her new social schedule, the more she is careless of the growing control of Emily over her daily life decisions.
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.
An excellent story short with great artwork to boot. Anya's character is believable but likeable by the end. I have reread it several times over the years and enjoyed it each time. I only wish there was more.
I love the artwork in this graphic novel! The story was also great, but I had a better time looking at the characters, especially the expressions.
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.
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 not popular at school, that she was not born in America (she is Russian and the book is peppered by some of the cultural differences/references/Russian words which was a nice touch), that she has a crush on a popular guy, she smokes because she thinks it is cool, she tries really hard to fit in, etc. One day she falls into a hole in the ground. There, she meets a ghost of a girl named Emily. The ghost follows her home and wants to be her friend. Anya is excited, because Emily is really helpful, but soon it is starting to become overwhelming. (And obviously there is a price to pay.)
I found Anya to be very likeable and it was very easy to relate to her. I think it is a great and easy read and I highly recommend it. I hope that the author will release more books like that.
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, as it shows a young girl discovering the difference between what she thinks she wants and what she really does want. And her journey is intertwined with wry humor, the uglier layers of high school, and a ghost story that takes a very sinister, dark turn in the last third.
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. But everything takes a dark, spinechilling turn later in the story, especially since Emily suddenly develops a creepy, Single White Female-ish fixation on Anya's love life.
And Nosgol's stark, thick-lined artwork really enhances all the emotions the characters feel. The climax is absolutely, um, spinechilling, without any excessive flourishes. And the scene where Anya has an honest talk with the class outcast is touching without being maudlin.
And Anya herself is a startlingly realistic depiction of a teenage girl -- she's embarrassed by her odd family, tries desperately to fit in, and is uncomfortable with her curvy body. But before long, we see hints that her disaffected, sarcastic persona is just a shell, and that the real Anya is a much more reliable, goodhearted person. Emily is the flipside: she seems sweet, gentle and earnest at first, but grows increasingly creepy.
"Anya's Ghost" is one half ghost story, one half high-school/coming-of-age tale. And it's a superb, eerie story right to the end.