Feeling Sketchy #4 : graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost

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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6 thoughts on “Feeling Sketchy #4 : graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost

    1. Great, I think you will like it :). I just started reading Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (a collection of short stories)…I like how each story is so different from the next.

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