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Anya's Ghost

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  65,823 ratings  ·  5,473 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, 221 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by First Second
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Amalia Gavea
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amalia by: Marina
‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’

I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story and, following a discussion with my dear friend Marina, I decided to try my luck with Brosgol’s work. I was definitely in for a surprise. A bleak, haunting, and yet quirky and beautiful surprise.

Anya is a young girl in high school. Having arrived to the USA from Russia before primary school, she has adopted
Seth T.
Jul 25, 2011 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.

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
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted it to be more creepy.


Full review to come!
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
May 13, 2011 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
Elyse  Walters
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just to *touch* this book is a special treat.
The black and white graphic photos are filled with emotion themselves.
Anya is a teenage girl -in High School -in the United States ---from Russia.
Yeah....'you' try fitting in!

The story, photos, shape of the book, 'feel' of the book, the experience of the book is endearing, enchanting, spooky, sweet, sad, funny, .................and so delightful!
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ms. Smartarse
Anya is a typical American teenager. Or... she would be if only she weren't Russian, or weird, unpopular and clumsy. I mean, things could definitely be worse: she might've still had an accent, be as plump as her mother, or (God Forbid!) the resident school weirdo.
Good thing, she put those things behind her.

the worst

And then one day she falls into a big hole... and dies. Eventually, at any rate. In the aforementioned hole however, she meets Emily, a perfectly nice little girl if only she weren't dead. St
Just a mini-review:

-the art is so cute I wanna die
-weird traces of girl-hating
-generally just a little bit rushed?
-kind of a cheesy ending
-but very cute and fun and fast-paced
-i liked it, hurray
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
If you are afraid of ghosts, if a mere thought of them can make you go crazy, I'll suggest not the read the book during night.

Anushka or Anya wants to stay fit, get the most popular guy from school, live a balanced life, to be around friends in this foreign country and when someone makes a poor joke, that's trouble, stay away. But that changes, when she meets a ghost by accident.
David Schaafsma
PS: After my first reading in 2014 I gave it 5 stars; after my second reading, in 2016: 3 stars. After class discussion today, two days after rereading the book, I have to bump it back up to 4 stars. In the class this summer we have thus far Ms. Marvel, Paper Girls, Blankets, The Arrival, Ghost World, and Anya's Ghost. I asked them today what was their favorite book so far and there were a range of answers, but by far the favorite so far overall is Anya's Ghost, and our pretty lively discussion ...more
Archit Ojha
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks

It all appears glossy on the surface, the lives of others.

Scratch beneath and you shall find the truth.

Vera Brosgol does a good work in terms of artwork. The story build up is nice and easy.

From falling down the pit to the empathy of the ghost to total turnaround; I think you learnt a lesson or two till you reached the very end.

The character outlining of Anya was pretty cool and the book kept me interested as to where it was going.

One extra star for the ending and the fluid way of writing (o
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Quixote
Aug 09, 2015 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
Feb 25, 2012 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
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
3-1/2 stars
Anya attends a slightly snobby private school where she has precisely one friend, dodges the Russian boy her mother wishes she'd befriend, and coasts by doing as little work as possible. Then, stomping home from school in a snit, she takes a shortcut and falls down an abandoned well -- a well that is haunted by a teenage ghost who's been hanging out alone for 90 years. When the ghost follows her home, Anya seems to have a new friend. But friendships with dead girls can be a little
Kate (GirlReading)
4.5* I really enjoyed this. It was brilliantly creepy in all the right ways, yet it also has an underlying depth and fantastic message to it which I really enjoyed! It flowed well and I really loved the art style! Finished it in under an hour and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can't wait to read more from Vera Brosgol in the future! Such a great graphic novel!
My friend Tasha highly recommended this to me. She says it brought back memories of being a Russian immigrant to the United States. Disclaimer- I’m not a huge fan of ya other than a few preferred authors. This is also the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I read it like a comic book in under an hour.

What worked- the author was sincere. The story was a genuine look at an American high school. It felt to me as if Daria’s World was a Russian immigrant and transplanted in the 21st century.
Jun 05, 2014 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
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Not at all what I was was so much better!
Sep 20, 2015 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
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
It was a pretty fun read and I finished reading it in one sitting. Actually, I read this book when I didn't feel fine. I was sick and I was pretty dizzy at that time but I couldn't stop reading it. I was just so curious about the story and I liked it! It was a pretty fun read.
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-

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
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016

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
Bookteafull (Danny)
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

“I don't think murder is an appropriate reaction to disappointment.”

I reluctantly have to agree, otherwise, I'd be feeling pretty homicidal.

Okay. So the artwork is beautiful and Anya's expressions shine right off the page, that at the very least, I'll concede to. I mean, look at this:

This graphic style paired up with the one creepy scene/plot twist is the only reason I rated this as high as I did.

Had the novel's 'Oh shit' moment been a bit more elongated
Sarah DiMento
I liked it. Quick, fun read. Nothing special about it though.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
★★★ /5
This was fine, easy read. The art style is really calm and beautiful, pleasant to an eye.
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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 nov

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