July 31, 2016

Anya's Ghost

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Graphic Novel
2011 First Second Books
Finished on February 24, 2016
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

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.

Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut graphic novel from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

Meh. I didn't care for the art in this one as much as Jillian Tamaki's in This One Summer. The plot was alright, but again, a little juvenile. Really wondering if graphic novels are my thing.

Final Thoughts: 

While I didn't fall in love with Verga Brosgol's book, it appears that it's a winner with many other readers! It's also a very quick read, so maybe give it a try, if you're curious.

  • Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Best Graphic Novel (2011)
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2011)
  • Harvey Awards for Best Original Graphic Publication For Younger Readers (2012)
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (2011)
  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12-17) (2012)
  • Cybils Award for Graphic Novels (Young Adult) (2011)
  • Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year (2011)


  1. Sorry this wasn't better for you.

    1. Yeah, me too, Kathy.

  2. Maybe try Maus or Persepolis? They are more adult subject matter and maybe will connect with you better. Just a suggestion.

    1. Kelly, I've read Maus and thought it was very good. I still want to try some of Lucy Knisley's books.

  3. Sorry this one wasn't a winner for you. At least the good thing is graphic novels are usually quick reads :)

    1. Iliana, that's why I keep trying them. I can read them during my lunch breaks and feel like I can finish one in just a day or two. Still, since I'm not really into them, I shouldn't bother. Maybe I'll try some memoirs or history graphic novels. I know they're out there.

  4. When you have this kind of reaction to a book so many praise, don't you wonder if you've missed something? I always feel like maybe I didn't "get" something.

    1. Lisa, yes! Exactly! But then, I don't care for other genres, so I'm not sure why I'm forcing this particular type of book on myself.


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