Anya’s Ghost- Vera Brosgol.

This review is probably going to be shorter than others because of risk of spoilers. Just take my word for it and read this book.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

“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.”


“You may look normal like everyone else, but you’re not. Not on the inside.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Aww. I wish all books were graphic novels.

High Points.
Just the fact that this book is a YA graphic novel makes my heart soar with joy. I can’t get enough of them and I don’t trust people who don’t like them. Seriously, people who don’t like them… what is wrong with you?! Vera Brosgol’s drawings are beautiful and eerie and perfectly compliment the story and issues that are covered. The use of the blue, black and white hues was inspired and so effective. Diversity. Realistic teenage girls with real life insecurities. Best friends. First crushes. Badass heroine.

Low Points.
I did not need the reminder of the bleep test. Dark times…. Dark times. Oh and yeah… page 205-207? You owe me a night’s sleep, Ms Brosgol.

Heroine.
Anya Borzakovskaya is prickly, sarcastic, rebellious, she skives boring lessons and wears short skirts to school. So naturally she was everything I love about in a YA heroine. She is also witty, clever and her ‘flaws’ only made me love her more.
There was this great subtlety in Brosgol’s writing/drawing and Anya’s insecurities were introduced with such skill and it never felt too overwhelming. From the get go, Anya is at odds with society. She is insecure in how she looks, she’s self-conscious about her heritage, she has a crush on a boy who has a blonde All-American girlfriend with the perfect life and she argues with her mum all the time because they don’t understand how the other one is feeling. And then she gets haunted by a pesky ghost. I mean, come on…doesn’t she get a break?

Best Friend.
I lovedlovedloved Siobhan. She was my favourite kind of literary friend who, basically, tell the heroine to shut the eff up and get over it when they’re being dramatic and don’t let them become too annoying or bitchy. I would like to have seen more of Siobhan because she is the Jane to Anya’s Daria.
And then we have Emily… but I’ll let you get acquainted with her on your own.

Theme Tune.

Long Black Veil- Johnny Cash
*Shudder*

Angst Factor.
8/10. Apart from the fact that this book was terrifying for approximately the entire book, Brosgol is a master of creating a beautiful story with a message that everyone who has ever felt like they haven’t fit in can relate to. It’s OK not to fit in because the people who you think are living the perfect life are just as flawed as the rest of us.

Recommended For.
EVERYONE. People who appreciate an amazing graphic novels. People who like their heroines sarcastic, realistic, flawed and AWESOME. People who have ever looked at someone else’s life and thought they would want to swap. People who would rather scale their school wall than do the bleep test. People who trust Neil Gaiman’s words of wisdom (He called this book a ‘masterpiece’and it truly, honestly, completely is). People who aren’t above using a ghost to cheat on an exam.

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4 thoughts on “Anya’s Ghost- Vera Brosgol.

  1. This is the part where I tell you I've never read a graphic novel. Not even one. But I'll add this to my TBR list.

    Also, I always find your page by googling “Jo wears old coats” :)

  2. wow! I love graphic novels and this one really sounds like my cup of tea! I must read it!
    Also… did YOU have to remind me about the bleep test!? eeeewww! lol

  3. Flann, is it because you don't like them or because you just haven't gotten around to it?
    Think carefully before you answer! This one would be a great one to start with because it's quite short but still gorgeous. Then we'll move onto the bigger ones ;-)

    Raimy, I'd really recommend this book. It's so cool and creepy but really sweet as well.
    And urgh, I know. I'm sorry. I thought I'd share the pain… :-p haha.

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