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Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s Ghost

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Anya’s Ghost is the first graphic novel I read in the year of 2015 and I read it last month and enjoyed it. This graphic novel is written by Vera Brosgol, and it was published in June 7, 2011. Since it was published the graphic novel received a number of awards including: School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2011), Harvey Awards for Best Original Graphic Publication For Younger Readers (2011), Horn Book Fanfare (2011), Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12-17) (2012).

The graphic novel talks about a girl called Anya who is from Russia. Anya is trying to blend in the environment around her, and her life wasn’t easy. One day in her way back to home from school, Anya fell down a well, and in the well she found a ghost! After spending a while in the well, Anya got to know the ghost and she promised her that she will tell somebody to bury the bones and give her a closure. Little did Anya that the ghost had other plans.

I found Anya’s Ghost is a really entertaining and short graphic novel. I loved the story a lot even though Anya’s personality is annoying, yet she is real to an extent. Anya goes through some of the problem that any girl might go through when she is trying to blend in with the surroundings around. The drawings were great, I loved the simplicity in them.

One complaint I have about the graphic novel is the lack of dialogue. I know it’s a graphic novel, which mean it will have pictures in them. But, I think the author could’ve added more dialogue. Overall, Anya’s Ghost is a really entertaining and a fast read that’s suitable to read in between books or when you’re in a reading slump.

Rating: 3.5/5

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