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Anya's Ghost

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  25,169 ratings  ·  2,236 reviews
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 frie
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Paperback, First Edition, 221 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by First Second
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Catie
4 1/2 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read a real graphic novel that’s not just text with illustrations. So it may be partly because I’ve been missing the format, but I was completely blown away by this book. It made me remember everything that’s possible in a graphic novel, but impossible when the story is confined to mere words. Beyond that, I think that it takes an incredible amount of talent to convey so efficiently and precisely the story, characters, emotions, and just everything in the
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Seth Hahne
When I was in high school, there wasn’t a lot of bullying. And there weren’t really any cliques. Or maybe there were but I was just too blissfully ignorant to notice. It’s not like I was especially popular. It’s not as if I wasn’t kind of nerdy or kind of artsy or kind of freaky. I mean, look at me.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Yep. This is exactly as rad as it looks.

It’s more just that I never felt as if I couldn’t, if I had wanted to, talk to someone and have them not snub me outright. Maybe it’s different in other schools
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Jo
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.

"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 wit
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Jessica (priceiswong)
I just really started getting into graphic novels in the past year or so, and so far, Anya's Ghost is my favorite.
I loved the drawings, I thought the story was super engrossing, and really easy to follow (which isn't always the case with graphic novels).

I thought this story was really unique and surprising. I really enjoyed reading about Anya's character. I feel like a lot of teens will be able to relate to her, in one way or another.

I think ANYA'S GHOST is the perfect choice for people who are
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Noelle
May 25, 2012 Noelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Noelle by: Jo
As if it being five o'clock on a Friday of a three day weekend isn't exciting enough, I found a blue library envelope on my doorstep this afternoon with a brand spanking new copy of Anya's Ghost inside. Guys, it is GORGEOUS. I'm talking Golum "my precious" impersonation inspiring gorgeous.

Less than an hour later, I'm at the last page and officially have a new favorite YA graphic novel.

Let's get this out of the way first: Anya Borzakovskaya is awesome. She's got the normal teenage insecurities go
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Whitney Atkinson
Not what I was expecting! Really enjoyed it!
Deborah Markus
The really, really short review: I started this book last night. I was happy to get up this morning because I knew I'd get to finish it over breakfast.

I WAS HAPPY TO GET UP ON A MONDAY, PEOPLE.

The still reasonably short review:

I'm not feeling very eloquent today, so I thought I'd post a transcript of how I sounded as I read Anya's Ghost:

"Oh, shoot – this is due back at the library soon. Better read it..."

"...wait, what does that say? Oh. That's the Cyrillic alphabet. This girl's mom is very old-
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Hershey
Well, this was quite enjoyable and yet at the same time quite disappointing, I guess.

To start off with the positives, what I really loved about Anya's Ghost is its artwork and colour scheme. I loved how each and every page was in light shades of purple, white and black. I love such gloomy themes.



I don't know what else to add to the positives or the negatives, to be honest because on the whole this was an okay read for me. I didn't like or dislike the characters and the same goes for the story l
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Ronyell
Anya's Ghost

Brief Introduction:

After reading so many graphic novels that dealt with superheroes and electrifying bloody action scenes, I finally came across a graphic novel that is aimed at young adults, but actually deals with the more mundane aspects of our lives (or should I say, the more spooky and supernatural aspects of our lives). “Anya’s Ghost” is a young adult graphic novel by Russian born author Vera Brosgol and is also Vera Brosgol’s debut book and it has everything that you would enjoy from an
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Monica!
Well, I wasn't blown away by this book -- it was fairly predictable, and the "I am Russian so I don't fit in" plotline could be substituted for any other "I am {This} and thus I am an outsider" story.

But luckily it's saved from total Meh-ness by being both humorously written, and gorgeously illustrated. Anya is bitter and cynical and willing to use a ghost to cheat on all her exams and to help her hook up with guys, but she's also realistically insecure and not a totally terrible person, and in
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Ferdy
2.5 stars

I'm not sure if I liked this or not, I guess there were parts which were quite entertaining like Anya's interaction/relationship with the ghost she got stuck with, but everything else was a let down. I couldn't fully enjoy any of the story because Anya was such a turn off. She was boy crazy, unlikeable, selfish, hated other girls for no good reason, and treated her friends like crap all whilst whining about the popular kids not fawning over her. I could excuse some of her faults since s
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Ariel
Well this was fun! I loved the art: it was really cute and stylized and awesome. And I really loved the story line: it became creepy and dangerous and that was awesome! However, I can't give it 5 stars because I didn't like the main character.. I was hoping she would grow throughout the story, but she really didn't!

I recommend this graphic novel, peeps! It honestly felt more like a cool comic book! :D
Heidi
Oct 22, 2012 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Catie
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol is unlike any graphic novel I have read to date. I’ve seen it around, but was more or less content to overlook it until it was literally placed in my hands. A personal recommendation, a blurb by Neil Gaiman, and the prospect of discovering something new drew me in, and I gobbled down the wonder of Anya’s Ghost in little over an hour of reading time.

Anya’s Ghost tells the story of Anya, just your average high school girl struggling to fit in and learn to be comfortabl
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Misty
Initial excitement: Ok, I DEFINITELY need to get HAVE this!!!
Thanks, Ksenia!

First I want to start with a HUGE THANK YOU to Ksenia of Polish Outlander for being awesomesauce and surprising me with a copy of this.


I kind of don't know where to begin other than to say I fell in love with this. The illustrations are just perfectlystylized and atmospheric, and incredibly expressive. This probably has less text than any graphic novel I've ever read (entire pages go by with no words), and yet it doesn't
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Sean
This wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be (Neil Gaiman calls it "a masterpiece!") but the story was engaging and inventive, the characters were believable (with one exception) and the art was funny and disturbing when it needed to be.
Macarena
Me encanto
Los dibujos, la historia, el plot twist del final fue laskdñas demasiado genial. Me encantaría leer otra novela gráfica de Vera Brosgol.
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Courtney
Anya is your average teen character, wanting to fit in, get better grades and somehow get the attention of her crush who is a star player on the basketball team. Not easy when Anya's more of a nobody. Her life changes one day when after a fight with a friend, she falls down into a pit and discovers the 90-some year old skeleton - and ghost - of a girl who was the last victim to fall in.

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I had read this a while ago, and forgot to mark it. Whoops!
Oh well, it was as good an excuse as a
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Nafiza
I found to Anya’s Ghost to be a delightful short read that accurately showcased a girl’s attempts to fit into a culture that is not native to her. Being an immigrant myself, I found it easy to relate to Anya’s actions and, while not exactly condoning, understand why she thinks the way she does. The art is beautiful and though I’m not really an expert where comics are concerned, I do know what I like and I liked the art in Anya’s Ghost very much.

I also thought that the portrayal of the ghost and
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Minli
Holy crap, Anya's Ghost is FANTASTIC. For one, cover win. SO MUCH COVER WIN. I'll be watching Vera Brogsol's work in the future. This graphic novel is creepy, lovely, and perfectly atmospheric.

This is another book about an immigrant experience (I don't get tired of them, especially ones this well-executed)--Anya is Russian. A little pudgy, she's self-conscious about her body, has only one friend, and is embarrassed about her heritage sometimes... especially the FOBby Russian kid who goes to her
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Laura
Anya’s Ghost has spirit, sarcastic bite, a bit of mystery, lessons, messages, short skirts, and scumbags! This gem has it all! :D This beautiful black and white graphic novel about a teenager trying to find friends, love, and her way in a new country all while trying to survive high school, hit close to home for me with strong messages about envy, self respect, and appearances.

With gorgeously expressive illustrations pushing this story along with just the right mix of humor and understanding, r
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Marty :}
“Oh, Anya! Let's have an intense spiritual relationship for no believable reason!”

Ohhh, how I loved this book, it had everything I love + a 'never-see-it-coming' plot twist! I could relate to Anya and I loved this even more, because let's face it we all have sometimes complications and bad times in our relationships with our family, friends or anyone. And the way she accepted everything in the end was nice and well played, the way she let go of everything and figured out that we're all differ
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Andy Shuping
I first started hearing about this graphic novel a couple of months ago and it immediately caught my attention. How often does Neil Gaiman lend his praise to a work? And then I started seeing the sample pages that First Second released and I was captivated by the illustrations. So needless to say I was really looking forward to reading this book (I kept trying to find someone that would let me read it an ARC because I was so excited about it.) And the book doesn't disappoint at all. It's the per ...more
Angelina Justice
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John Wiswell
The first two thirds of Anya’s Ghost are amongst the most winning of anything I’ve read this year. Brosgol jumps into familiar portrayals of cynical teens, tempering their shortsightedness with humor, humility and sympathy. Her art is drawn from an extremely deep violet that so often resembles black and white that key uses, like in the eyes of a popular blonde, nearly pop off of the page. She excels at emoting through her simple faces, greatly assisting her dialogue and adding some punch to the ...more
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Review of Anya's Ghost

This is a really fun graphic novel.

It's exciting and fast paced and creepy.

There's a main character who's Russian and sassy and lovable.

There's a murder mystery involving a really twisted girl.

I was immediately like sign me up!

I enjoyed reading this and I loved the plot and the characters.

I just wasn't a big fan of the artwork.

And in graphic novels, that's a pretty big part of the package.

Overall, however, pretty good!

Final Rating = 50%
Anne
“I don't think murder is an appropriate reaction to disappointment.”


Anya, thank God we agree on that!



Anya’s struggle to feel accepted is portrayed in a funny way and I lost track of how many times this book made me laugh out loud, but the ending was totally disappointing.



I feel bad writing "negative reviews", but I need to get this off my chest (and maybe help other readers): Neil Gaiman called this book a masterpiece and I honestly can’t see why! To be honest, I want my money back. :/
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Diane Librarian
This is an excellent graphic novel. It tells the story of Anya, a Russian girl who is desperate to fit in at an American high school. One day, she falls down a well and meets a ghost named Emily. After Anya is rescued, the ghost continues to follow Anya around. At first Emily is friendly and helps Anya, but then things take a dark turn.

The form of the graphic novel was a good choice for this story. It perfectly conveyed how Anya felt like an outsider, in addition to the typical teenage girl angs
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Iris Pereyra
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I found Anya’s Ghost created by Vera Brosgol, an enchanting and entertaining graphic novel. It’s a YA magical tale that hits that sweet spot where is an appropriate read for young readers and still interesting for adults. On a completely different note, I also learned what the acronym “FOBBY” stands for (Fresh Of the Boat, in case you didn’t know either).

This graphic novel is about a girl named Anya Borzakovskaya, her struggles adjusting into her life as an American teenager and of
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Yudhi Herwibowo
suka sekali baca anya's ghost. cerita orang yang bersahabat dengan hantu. sebenernya cerita seperti ini sudah pernah beberapa kali digarap penulis lain. tapi vera brosgol, bisa membuat pembeda dengan kuat. sosok anya diciptakan begitu natural. beberapa kali diselipkan juga jokes yang bikin pembaca tersenyum... :)

yang paling menarik tentu ilustrasinya. suka sekali melihatnya. kartun banget. setipe dengan marjane satrapi, tapi berbeda dengan satrapi yang bergaya anak-anak, kartun vera lebih terlih
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Violette
It's always so much harder for me to effectively write a review for a book I loved than it is for a book I hated. If I hate it, I can tell you all the reasons why. But love? Well, sometimes it's just everything! The book as a whole makes me giddy, resonates with me somehow, or otherwise captures my full admiration. That is absolutely the case with "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol.

Although mostly categorized as a graphic novel with a paranormal edge, there is really a wonderful coming-of-age story
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Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and currently works at Laika Inc. in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation.

She has done illustration work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster. Her first graphic
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