Paperback, First Edition, 221 pages
Published: June 7th 2011 by First SecondReview Copy: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon -- Barnes & Noble
Description From Goodreads:
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.
But Anya's new B.F.F. isn't kidding about the "forever" part...
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ANYA’S GHOST is a wonderful story, that’s probably the easiest way to sum it up.
It’s a story about a young Russian girl that just wants to fit in. She’s self-conscious, she’s pissed at the world, and she’s embarrassed by her family. To say that she’s an entirely unlikable character at first would be putting it nicely. I couldn’t stand Anya for the first ten pages or so, but once we really got to see who she was and the girl underneath the cold exterior? It became easier to understand – and sympathize – with her actions.
What I liked most about ANYA’S GHOST was getting to see Anya come to terms with who she was – to accept that she was different and there was nothing wrong with that. This is something that all teens experience at one point or another, and I feel as though Brosgol did a wonderful job highlighting that.
I also adored the artwork. It’s wonderfully done.
ANYA’S GHOST is dark at times, and most certainly creepy as you near the end, but it’s a wonderful book of self-discovery and I would highly recommend it, even if you don’t care for comics.
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