19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Teen Books

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, 224 pages, read by Angie, on 01/02/2012

Anya’s Ghost is the story of a teenage Russian immigrant who falls down a well and befriends a ghost. This book has a lot going for it. First of all the illustrations are wonderful and really enhance the story. I love the almost black and white feel of it, even though it is more violet in color. The little pops of color thrown in are really striking and standout more with the monochromatic color scheme. The story is also very well done. It shows Anya as a typical teenager…embarrassed by her family, not great at school, kind of a loner, only one friend, crushing on the hot sports star of the school. All these things were done very realistically. Emily the ghost is also interesting. She and Anya become friends in a way to help Anya deal with all the things in her life. I thought the first parts of the book were fantastic with Anya trying to fit in and change so that she could belong in the world she wants to (with Emily’s help of course). I thought the story got a little shakier towards the end when Emily started turning evil. I liked the angst-ridden teenager plot; the ghost/horror part not so much. But this is still a great read and a very engaging story.

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