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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost
Title: Anya’s Ghost

Author: Vera Brosgol

Published: 2011

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Grade Level: Young Adult

Blurb (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.

Or so she thinks.

My Scores:

Characters: Absolutely Amazing

I love the characters in this graphic novel! They are so complex, unique, and sometimes surprisingly unreliable. They are each crafted with the intention of shocking the reader when the stereotypical box they were in is suddenly shattered on the floor.

It's a brave choice to have such imperfect characters when readers, especially young readers, are so used to black and white characters. It's a refreshing change of pace to have such a raw look into the human condition from a young adult graphic novel.

Plot: Absolute Page Turner

There is such an easy flow from one page to the next that it's hard to put down. 

I was hooked from page one. I had very low expectations coming into this book, so I was very impressed by the number of moral messages that hit home.

Every plot twist is interesting, every character is engaging, every action sequence is riveting. It’s one of those books that you can’t help but long for more, despite the satisfying ending.

Overall: Obsessed

Overall, I’m obsessed with this book. It was an unexpected trill to read.

Never judge a book by its cover, especially your own.

Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


  1. Honestly, I don't think this story was inspired by either Slender Man or Teresa Fidalgo. However, people are always attracted to scary ghost story.

  2. It seems that the internet's love of nostalgia extends beyond just pop culture, with the Slender Man and copy-paste ghost stories like Teresa Fidalgo getting a second wind this year, but how did the dead girl tale start and is there a shred of truth to it?