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.
This graphic novel is about Anya Borzakovskaya, a Russian immigrant who is trying very hard to fit into her private school. When she accidentally falls down a well, she meets a ghost named Emily, who she wants absolutely nothing to do with. When she is rescued from the well, she finds that Emily came with her, because she accidentally took a bone with her, and the ghost is attached to her bones, so as long as Anya keeps the bone with her, the ghost can be nearby. She realizes having a ghost-friend can be an awesome resource to help on tests and talk to boys. This book deals with a lot of things other than the spooky. Anya struggles with fitting in, her culture, and her body image. The artwork, although simplistic, fits very well with the story. It’s very straight forward and easy to follow, unlike some other graphic novels I have read recently. A great place to start if you are just getting into comics and graphic novels.