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Minggu, 08 Juni 2014

(graphic novel) Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol


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.


To be fair, I did have a ghostly nightmare the night I read this book. But story-wise, it was quite creepy without being over the top. I almost expected it to be a story for children, that Anya in the book is a middle school grader instead of a high schooler, but it deals more with adolescence.

My problem with the book mostly lies in the fact that I don't like all the characters. Anya's not that likable herself, and her so-called friendships are never really resolved. Perhaps it signifies acceptance, but it leaves me wanting more.

The ghost story is OK, and the drawing's quite beautiful, but I wish it's in full color for the full effect.

It has nearly the same cover and design and paper as Smile by Raina Telgemeier, but it's a lot darker and I feel that the story, character development, could've been explored to a more satisfying ending. 

2/5 stars.

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