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Anya's Ghost

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,619 Ratings  ·  2,943 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
Paperback, First Edition, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by First Second
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“You’re no saint, Anya.
You’re just like me”

This story follows Anya Borzakovskaya who’s an immigrant from Russia, residing in the United States, alongside her mother and brother.
Anya isn't doing particularly well in school. She doesn't have many friends.
And one day while she’s feeling particularly blue about her life, she falls into a deep hole in the ground. Underground she meets Emily, a 90 year old ghost.


This graphic novel not only focuses on a creepy, old ghost- it also talks about Anya’s
Seth T.
Jul 25, 2011 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jul 18, 2011 Catie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Minli
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
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


Full review to come!
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
May 25, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it  ·  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
Whitney Atkinson
Nov 13, 2014 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting! Really enjoyed it!
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
Sam Quixote
Aug 09, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anya is a teenage schoolgirl with all the usual insecurities about her weight, clothes, friends, etc. compounded by embarrassment over her Russian heritage. She makes an effort to lose her accent, avoid fatty Russian food, and even tells people her surname is Brown instead of her actual lengthy and complex Russian one. Upset after making another social faux pas, she ditches school and heads off to the park, promptly falling down a dry well where she meets the spirit of a long-deceased schoolgirl ...more
Jan 25, 2016 alexandra rated it liked it

i just started getting into graphic novels and i think they may be my new favorite thing. ANYA'S GHOST was insightful, quick, and a bit creepy.

i love how anya develops throughout the novel. it made me a bit sad in the beginning how embarrassed she was to be from russia and how she'd often get bullied. anya tried so hard to change the way she is, but girl, YOU SHOULD GO AN LOVE YOURSELF. (sorry, i had to. i felt j.biebs right there.) the whole book basically follows how anya changes and real
Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
I liked it. Quick, fun read. Nothing special about it though.
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.


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-
Feb 22, 2016 Xueting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very original and innovative story! I was so engrossed I read it in less than two hours, almost one whole sitting. The twist really got me. Anya's a very unique and relatable character who matures in the book. I like how the story shows many sides to bullying- those who get bullied experience it in different levels, some better than others so there forms a hierarchy even among the bullied, while they still think about being cooler. And the popular girls aren't always mean. I love how Anya's cult ...more
A quick and entertaining read with wonderful artwork!
Jubilation Lee
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
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
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
Jun 06, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it
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
Review coming soon!
Sep 15, 2015 Özlem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
Niye gece okudum ki bunu ben yaa?? Az önce duvardaki kağıtlar düştü biri var sandım çok korktum off çok korktum O.O
Jul 25, 2011 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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
Temi Panayotova
Feb 07, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much! The storyline and the artwork are really amazing - I read this so fast - and I would definately like some more graphic novels like this one.
Trina (Between Chapters)
I was really surprised by the story. Great character progression for both Anya and the ghost. Mildly spooky and very fitting for Halloween.
Oct 22, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  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
Gogo Méndez
Aug 23, 2015 Gogo Méndez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estoy enamorado les juro, Anya's Ghost nos presenta una historia algo particular, una niña la cual encuentra un fantasma y termina llevándoselo a su casa.

Uno cree que la historia puede ser tenebrosa, creepy o algo mas pero se vuelve algo totalmente contrario en definitiva. La historia cómica, con muchas emociones de por medio y para mi un mensaje grande que conlleva.

Es la primera novela gráfica que leo y estoy totalmente fascinado, tanto con el tipo de novela como con la autora.

En definiti

Well that was certainly interesting ... I don't know really what to say about this. This was the very first graphic novel I have ever read, and the only reason I did was because with only 2 days left in my Goodreads challenge of 75 books, I still needed one more book and I knew that I wasn't going to have enough time to read a full book. So graphic novel it is then!! At first I thought it was a cute interesting story, then things got weird and I had no clue what the point was. This girl A
Liz Janet
Jan 10, 2016 Liz Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
A ghost becomes a friend while you are dealing with insecurities, alienation, being second generation, liking a boy, smoking, and trying to avoid the kid that is "fresh off the boat." But is the ghost really your friend or trying to live the life they could not through you?
Jun 29, 2011 Sean rated it liked it
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.
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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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