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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

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Currently listening to: Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Currently Reading: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

I have long been interested in graphic novels, but for one reason or another I’ve never quite settled on one. That changed last week when I was on tumblr and saw a photo of the cover of ANYA’S GHOST. It was beautiful and it captured me and I immediately ordered the book. It arrived, and I oohed & ahhed over how gorgeous it was, before putting it in my TBR pile, probably to be forgotten about.

Then I had a doctors appointment, and because I was running late and because I ALWAYS need a book in my bag, I grabbed the first book at the top of the TBR pile and shoved it in my bag.

I got to the doctors, sat down and my doctor’s voice came on the loudspeaker and said he was running 40minutes late. I sighed, grabbed the book that I had shoved in my bag & started to read.

To put a long story short, by the time the doctor called my name 40minutes later I had finished the book & was in that post-amazing-book-haze that happens every time I read something and it blows me away.

Summary from Goodreads:

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

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If I could describe this book with one word, I would use engrossing. I could not put this book down. I thought the plot was charming, unique and perfectly timed. I thought the drawings were beautiful, added so much to the story and I found them really easy to follow.

Most of all though, I loved Anya. I loved Anya because she was a teenage girl who could’ve been real. She wasn’t flawless, she was snarky and mean & she made bad choices sometimes. At points, she wasn’t even likable. And that made me love her even more, because teenagers aren’t likeable half of the time. I sometimes feel, especially with YA, that main characters fit within a certain mold of characteristics. Anya doesn’t fit into that mold, and it felt really refreshing to read a character that doesn’t fit in to that mold.

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I don’t think there is one thing about this book I didn’t like. Reading it has definitely spurred me on to read more of the graphic novels that are sitting on my shelf and gathering dust. I think ANYA’S GHOST is the perfect choice for people who are curious about graphic novels but don’t know where to start & it will make a great Halloween night read.

If any of you guys have ANY recommendations for graphic novels I should check out, please comment down below 🙂

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