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Anya's Ghost

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  14,502 ratings  ·  1,440 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 any...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Andrew 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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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. :/
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Yousra Serry
What i loved the most about this book is that it was enjoyable. Not just good or bad, enjoyable .. like i was having fun reading yet, i didnt want it to end.
It was a great,well-developed read. It shows the problems a young person from an immigrant family might face. The artwork was just too good as well. I kept going back in pages just to look at the beautiful pictures again. It had a good twist too. Which i honeslty didnt see coming. And funny enough, i felt scared, excited, and angry which i...more
Kereesa
***A big thank you to the Goodreads First Reads program and the publishers for sending me a copy!***

Anya's Ghost was definitely a fun read. Full of snark, one bad ass heroine, and humour, the graphic novel is a delight both art-wise and story-wise. While I do have to admit there was an aspect of predictability in the story, I still really enjoyed Anya's Ghost.

So the graphic novel is about this girl, Anya, who's family immigrated from Russia to the West, and struggles with fitting into the image...more
Sarah BT
About the Book: After falling down a well, Anya discovers bones and a ghost to go along with them. Emily was murdered ninety years ago. When Anya is freed from the well, she discovers an unexpected souvenir. Emily says she wants to join Anya and have a second chance. Sounds good until Anya finds herself with a very pushy ghost with her own agenda.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is a wonderful graphic novel! Anya is dealing with a lot in high school which makes this a great layered story. She immig...more
Matti Karjalainen
Vera Brosgolin "Anya's Ghost" (First Second, 2011) on erinomainen sarjakuva venäläissyntyisestä Anya Borzakovskayasta, joka käy lukiota pienessä amerikkalaiskaupungissa. Äitinsä ja pikkuveljensä kanssa asuva Anya on epävarma ulkonäöstään, häpeää juuriaan, on ihastunut koulun koripallotähteen ja tuntee olevansa enemmän tai vähemmän ulkopuolinen.

Anyan elämä muuttuu kuitenkin erikoisella tavalla, kun hän ei tule koulusta palatessaan katsoneeksi eteensä ja putoaa hylättyyn kaivoon. Siellä hän tutust...more
Caitlin
Other reviewers have mentioned that the plot to Anya's Ghost is fairly predictable: the tried and true formula of the outcast who learns to accept her differences through the story's conflict. So yes, certain plot points that I've seen in numerous stories, particularly those for young adults, DO pop up. Yet each of those points are handled in a fresh way that gives the story strength, character, and a surprising amount of realism for a ghost story.

Anya is fantastic as the main character. Flawed...more
Abigail
I admit I bought this because of the Neil Gaiman blurb giving it 'masterpiece' status and while I do not generally pay attention to blurbs (who does?), the last time Gaiman called something a masterpiece or something of the sort was Craig Thompson's Blankets: one of the best 'graphic novels' I have ever read. So admittedly, I went in with high hopes for this. While I do acknowledge that this was intended more for 'youths' than for 'adults', I regularly read books from the teen section because th...more
Kate
This book was requested by a patron at the library and somehow was put on hold for me instead of the patron, but I decided to check out it anyway. I was surprised to enjoy this story of the daughter of a Russian immigrant, Anya, who struggles with fitting in at school until she falls into a well. There's a skeleton down there, and a ghost who inhabits it. Anya, over the course of two days trapped in the well, befriends the ghost Emily, but she's still eager to be rescued.

Once back in her room, E...more
Diane
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...more
Raina
Creepy, creepy story that I zoomed through in one sitting.

I appreciated the inclusion of the immigrant familial experience, the romance resolution, the drama.

It's easy to forget about some of the older content here. The partying, the smoking, the creepiness. Nice reflection of the teen brain, and the obsessive complications in friendship (particularly at that age). I REALLY enjoyed the fleshed out secondary characters. And the lack of color made sense here. A quality quality read.
Miriam
The plot here reminded me of Smith's Dark Angel, with "being Russian" substituted for the other causes of difference there. Both follow fairly predictable cliches of both high-school and ghost stories, but are nonetheless sympathetic and entertaining easy reads.
Kellee
Reviewed at: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/2011/...

Summary: Anya isn't exactly the most popular girl in school. She has one friend and they spend most of their time skipping class and feigning interest. She'd give anything to be more popular and be noticed by Sean, the basketball player, but that doesn't seem likely. She is ashamed of her Russian heritage and wishes she could look like Elizabeth who doesn't even have to try. But then when she falls down a well and spends 2 days hanging out wit...more
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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...more
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