So…Anya’s Ghost, written & illustrated by Vera Brosgol is one of my favorite graphic novels.
Yes, I have a lot of favorites, but it doesn’t make any of them less special than the other. As much as I love words, and believe they can stand alone, I’m a sucker for a good graphic novel.
A good graphic novel starts and ends with a good story. The words and images work as one to tell a story…whether it’s silly story, a romantic one, or something deliciously creepy (and cute) like Anya’s Ghost, the story is paramount.
But let me not turn this into a review, because it’s not. (Or maybe it is, either way it’s just a darn good book.)
It’s good whether you like graphic novels or not…
It’s good whether you like YA stories or not…
Matter-of-fact it’s better than good (my last time saying good, I promise). Still not sure? Neil Gaiman called it a “masterpiece”, so yeah…nuff said.
But seriously, as much as I heart Neil Gaiman I didn’t know anything about his endorsement until a few minutes ago as I was writing this post. I read Anya’s Ghost about a year ago, and finished it in one sitting. It was one of those books that I was sad to finish. I thought about it recently because I just went to the bookstore this past weekend and saw a hard copy. I so wanted to get it, but I’m on a budget so I just flipped through it and was grateful I at least have the e-book version!
I was actually going to try and loan my copy, but apparently it’s not loanable on Kindle. So try to borrow a hard copy or just buy it if you can. But whatever you do, read it.
I have a feeling this “creepy” little story may make your day a bit brighter.
Description from Amazon:
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.
Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: First Second (May 21, 2013)
Note: Just found a peak into Brosgol’s process on her publisher’s website http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/uncategorized/anyas-ghost-step-by-step. Find more of Brosgol’s work here.
Have you read any good (or better than good) graphic novels lately? Have you read Anya’s Ghost…if so, what did you think?
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