Anya’s Ghost

Graphic Novel, Reviews

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya’s life is far from perfect. Her annoying six-year-old brother insists on burying her jewelry in the front yard, her only friend is more insulting than friendly, and her mother tries to force greasy, fatty food upon her. As if all that isn’t bad enough, Sean, her crush, already has a girlfriend, and not just a girlfriend, a perfect one.

There has to be a way for Anya to escape her life and her thoughts, even just for a little while. Anya runs, without a direction, straight into an abandoned well. Could it get any worse?

Yes, much worse. Down there, Anya meets the ghost of a girl long dead, who’s looking for a life of her own. Soon, she becomes, not only a friend, but Anya’s Ghost. Written by illustrator/author Vega Brosgol, this first graphic novel, packs a real punch.

Different elements and genre’s blend to make an unforgettable read. It’s realistic yet full of mystery. It’s witty yet full of suspense. But at its core, Anya’s Ghost is a very traditional ghost story, using the intricate black and white illustrations to instill a sense of foreboding into readers.  Slow and steady, Brosgol’s writing is solid, and really does thrust the story forward.

Full of twists and turns Anya’s Ghost will leave readers feeling satisfied, yet scared. Just how they want to feel after reading a true ghost story!