Published: 2011 by First Second
Genres: Graphic Novels
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I read Carl’s review of this book about a month ago and thought that I’d like to read it. I found a copy at Barnes & Noble last night, and didn’t leave until I had finished reading it.
The story introduces Anya, a Russian immigrant navigating American high school life. Anya tries hard to fit in with her peers and get the attention of her crush. One day, Anya falls into an old well which happens to be haunted by a young ghost named Emily. When Anya is rescued, Emily tags along and helps her to be more successful in school. However, Emily isn’t entirely as she might seem. *dun dun dun dun*
As a disclaimer, I don’t generally read graphic novels, so I don’t have much to compare it to other than the handful of webcomics that I occasionally follow. That being said, I really enjoyed reading “Anya’s Ghost.” The artwork was fantastic, and I liked the way that Brosgol portrayed the Russian mother. It was very accurate. I also liked the way that she uses Anya’s cigarette as a motif to reflect the way that her attitude changes over time. Overall, I would recommend this book, especially for someone looking for a good introduction to the world of graphic novels.