Random Quote of the Day: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
Title: Anya’s Ghost
Author(s): Vera Brosgol
Genre: Graphic Novel, YA, Fantasy
Page Count: 221
Published: June 7th, 2011
“Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part.
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 friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.”
So, yes, I am too surprised that I am actually typing up a review post, but here I am! However, I was hoping this GN was going to get me out of my slump and influence me to read, but it didn’t. Anyways, here’s the review.
|| The Feels: 1/5 || Characters: 2.5/5 || Character Development: 2/5 ||Plot: 3.5/5 || Interest: 3.85/5 || Writing: 3.5/5 || Narration: 3/5 || Flow of Reading: 5/5 ||Ending: 4/5
Want a more in depth review? Keep reading!
💬 Now despite the low ratings above, this GN actually wasn’t that bad. In fact, I kind of enjoyed it for the most part. The only reason “The Feels” and “Character Development” are so low is just because I wouldn’t expect so much of the “Feels” in a 221 GN.
💬 We have our main character, Anya, who is likeable from the start. She is very sarcastic Russian immigrant and she has some interesting qualities — she smokes (which I didn’t predict AT all), she is insecure about her image, and she is actually pretty helpful around the house. All of these qualities together make a pretty intriguing character, if you ask me. The fact that I was able to mildly relate to her definitely shows that this GN is targeted towards teens, but really anyone who is interested.
💬 The one aspect that threw me off or kind of had me questioning what I was reading was with Anya’s friend, Siobhan. By the looks of Siobhan, I assumed that the character was a male — the character had a tie and dress shirt on, short hair, etc. Shame on me that I assumed this right away since by the end of the novel it is CLEAR that Siobhan is actually a female. I loved this aspect, even for myself, as it challenges the reader to refrain from making prejudged opinions that we see in everyday life.
💬 Overall this GN was very worthwhile. It definitely took some twists and turns that I was NOT expecting at all which made the novel more readable. I read this one in one sitting and not once did I find myself dreading it or skipping pages. I love the artistic abilities and style of Brosgol — it was very different but set the mood of the GN perfectly. All throughout, Brosgol hinted at some common messages such as “don’t be ashamed of yourself”and “to always be yourself”. These are always great themes to add especially when the GN is targeted towards teens.
THE ULTIMATE VERDICT
Let me know if you’ve read Anya’s Ghost and if you have any other GN recommendations!!
Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…
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