Prime Anya's GhostAuthor Vera Brosgol – Sisnlaw.co.uk

When I was in high school, there wasn t a lot of bullying And there weren t really any cliques Or maybe there were but I was just too blissfully ignorant to notice It s not like I was especially popular It s not as if I wasn t kind of nerdy or kind of artsy or kind of freaky I mean, look at me. 4 1 2 starsIt s been a while since I ve read a real graphic novel that s not just text with illustrations So it may be partly because I ve been missing the format, but I was completely blown away by this book It made me remember everything that s possible in a graphic novel, but impossible when the story is confined to mere words Beyond that, I think that it takes an incredible amount of talent to convey so efficiently and precisely the story, characters, emotions, and just everything in the 4 1 2 starsIt s been a while since I ve read a real graphic novel that s not just text with illustrations So it may be partly because I ve been missing the format, but I was completely blown away by this book It made me remember everything that s possible in a graphic novel, but impossible when the story is confined to mere words Beyond that, I think that it takes an incredible amount of talent to convey so efficiently and precisely the story, characters, emotions, and just everything in the space of a drawing Vera Brosgol infuses every cell with so much meaning and emotion.I think that I fell in love with Anya on about page two She is a curvy, sarcastic, insecure, unmotivated, smart, snarky, dark, sweet Russian girl who wishes to be everything that she s not All of this comes across within the span of a few pages There are very few words to this book, but anywould be simply unnecessary The story is rich and detailed and complex as it is Anya has a hopeless crush on the school basketball captain, and an envious sort of hatred for his girlfriend, the perfect blonde Elizabeth When she falls into a well one afternoon, she discovers that she s not alone The ghost of a young girl lingers there, her body left to desiccate for ninety years Anya is scared at first, but soon she discovers just how useful a ghost can be There is a lovely message within these pages too Anya feels so much like an outsider, and the bullying that she suffers as a child after immigrating to the U.S encourages her to turn away from her identity and heritage This is a common feeling for young people who must start over in a new place, but it is also a feeling universally shared by teenagers I think that a lot of young people have that insecurity, that feeling of ill fitting discomfort, like your entire person just doesn t quite belong anywhere There can be a tremendous amount of pressure to change and mold and adapt yourself to assimilate Anya rejects everything curvy and smart and Russian But Anya finds out that not all that seems perfect actually is, and that it s a good thing to be different.This theme is nothing revolutionary, but the humor, the dash of the paranormal, and the fantastic artwork all contribute to the extraordinariness of this book I highly recommend this for everyone.Perfect Musical PairingRegina Spektor RaindropsRegina seems like an obvious choice for this book, and this song is very fragile and sweet, like I imagine Anya is on the inside This is a song about looking for connection and hoping to meet that special person that s still unrevealed.Also seen on The Readventurer Wanted it to becreepy Full review to come Wanted it to becreepy Full review to come You re no saint, Anya You re just like me This story follows Anya Borzakovskaya who s an immigrant from Russia, residing in the United States, alongside her mother and brother.Anya isn t doing particularly well in school She doesn t have many friends And one day while she s feeling particularly blue about her life, she falls into a deep hole in the ground Underground she meets Emily, a 90 year old ghost This graphic novel not only focuses on a creepy, old ghost it also talks about Anya sYou re no saint, Anya You re just like me This story follows Anya Borzakovskaya who s an immigrant from Russia, residing in the United States, alongside her mother and brother.Anya isn t doing particularly well in school She doesn t have many friends And one day while she s feeling particularly blue about her life, she falls into a deep hole in the ground Underground she meets Emily, a 90 year old ghost This graphic novel not only focuses on a creepy, old ghost it also talks about Anya s self image and her journey towards accepting herself I could really relate to how Anya was feeling, and I m glad that she gradually started to accept her background and history over the course of this story.It was a quick read that I had been looking forward to for months now.But the whole story with Emily, the ghost, didn t really move or excite me I do have to admit that I couldn t read this at night Ghosts scare me.Oh, and Anya s beep test in gym class brought back those horrible memories of my test.It s been years but that beep test still haunts me 3.5 starsNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying Anya s Ghost, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionThis review andcan be found on my blog Anya could really use a friend But her new BFF isn t kidding about the Forever partOf 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 centuryFalling 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 needsOr so she thinks Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author artist Vera Brosgol Just to touch this book is a special treat The black and white graphic photos are filled with emotion themselves.Anya is a teenage girl in High School in the United States from Russia Yeah you try fitting in The story, photos, shape of the book, feel of the book, the experience of the book is endearing, enchanting, spooky, sweet, sad, funny,..and so delightful This review is probably going to be shorter than others because of risk of spoilers Just take my word for it and read this book You may look normal like everyone else, but you re not Not on the inside Initial Final Page Thoughts.Aww I wish all books were graphic novels.High Points.Just the fact that this book is a YA graphic novel makes my heart soar with joy I can t get enough of them and I don t trust people who don t like them Seriously, people who don t like them what is wrong wit This review is probably going to be shorter than others because of risk of spoilers Just take my word for it and read this book You may look normal like everyone else, but you re not Not on the inside Initial Final Page Thoughts.Aww I wish all books were graphic novels.High Points.Just the fact that this book is a YA graphic novel makes my heart soar with joy I can t get enough of them and I don t trust people who don t like them Seriously, people who don t like them what is wrong with you Vera Brosgol s drawings are beautiful and eerie and perfectly compliment the story and issues that are covered The use of the blue, black and white hues was inspired and so effective Diversity Realistic teenage girls with real life insecurities Best friends First crushes Badass heroine Low Points.I did not need the reminder of the bleep test Dark times Dark times Oh and yeah page 205 207 You owe me a night s sleep, Ms Brosgol Heroine.Anya Borzakovskaya is prickly, sarcastic, rebellious, she skives boring lessons and wears short skirts to school So naturally she was everything I love about in a YA heroine She is also witty, clever and her flaws only made me love herThere was this great subtlety in Brosgol s writing drawing and Anya s insecurities were introduced with such skill and it never felt too overwhelming From the get go, Anya is at odds with society She is insecure in how she looks, she s self conscious about her heritage, she has a crush on a boy who has a blonde All American girlfriend with the perfect life and she argues with her mum all the time because they don t understand how the other one is feeling And then she gets haunted by a pesky ghost I mean, come on doesn t she get a break Best Friend.I lovedlovedloved Siobhan She was my favourite kind of literary friend who, basically, tell the heroine to shut the eff up and get over it when they re being dramatic and don t let them become too annoying or bitchy I would like to have seenof Siobhan because she is the Jane to Anya s Daria And then we have Emily but I ll let you get acquainted with her on your own Theme Tune Long Black Veil Johnny Cash Shudder Angst Factor 8 10 Apart from the fact that this book was terrifying for approximately the entire book, Brosgol is a master of creating a beautiful story with a message that everyone who has ever felt like they haven t fit in can relate to It s OK not to fit in because the people who you think are living the perfect life are just as flawed as the rest of us Recommended For.EVERYONE People who appreciate an amazing graphic novels People who like their heroines sarcastic, realistic, flawed and AWESOME People who have ever looked at someone else s life and thought they would want to swap People who would rather scale their school wall than do the bleep test People who trust Neil Gaiman s words of wisdom He called this book a masterpiece and it truly, honestly, completely is People who aren t above using a ghost to cheat on an exam.You can also read the review for this book and others and a whole lot of other exciting stuff on my blog here Anya is a typical American teenager Or she would be if only she weren t Russian, or weird, unpopular and clumsy I mean, things could definitely be worse she might ve still had an accent, be as plump as her mother, or God Forbid the resident school weirdo Good thing, she put those things behind her.And then one day she falls into a big hole and dies Eventually, at any rate In the aforementioned hole however, she meets Emily, a perfectly nice little girl if only she weren t dead St Anya is a typical American teenager Or she would be if only she weren t Russian, or weird, unpopular and clumsy I mean, things could definitely be worse she might ve still had an accent, be as plump as her mother, or God Forbid the resident school weirdo Good thing, she put those things behind her.And then one day she falls into a big hole and dies Eventually, at any rate In the aforementioned hole however, she meets Emily, a perfectly nice little girl if only she weren t dead Still, when one is in dire need of some cheat sheets to get through life, a ghost is an excellent ally to have.Although I read my fair share of graphic novels i.e manga , I wouldn t know the first thing about reviewing them Granted, the fact that most of them are yaoi in genre probably has something to do with it There s only so much haaaawt and or yuuuuuuck to go around, before your reviews become repetitive Yes, those are my only qualifiers You didn t really think I read them for the plot, did you But back to Anya the story is cute, I guess The characters are decently drawn Not necessarily pretty, such as the ones in, say, the Koibitogokoro series, but not ugly either Suffice to say, that it didn t distract me from the story line which may or may not be a good thing You be the judge of that.Score 3 5 starsThe entire novel could be summed up as careful what you wish for , with the typical dash of too good to be true , don t be slut , family is for life , yadda, yadda, yadda Emily was interesting, I grant you that especially when she started to show her real colours , but the rest of the cast was rather meh As far as I m concerned, graphic novels are all about the art Sure the story also has its place, but unless you re publishing a 1000 page book, it s unlikely to be something life changing Decent art, predictable plot and an interesting character make it worth an average rating That said, I ll be giving it away the first chance I have So tomorrow Like me, If you are afraid of ghosts, just the mere thought of them can make you go crazy, I ll suggest not the read the book in night This is what I did and Oh God, Don t ask me what it was like to sleep turning off the lights.If it s difficult for you to see how the characters change drastically, just in a blink of an eye, in any book, if this change troubles you, leaving you thinking how,when,why then this is the book for you.Anushka or Anya is just a normal girl we have seen in every other Like me, If you are afraid of ghosts, just the mere thought of them can make you go crazy, I ll suggest not the read the book in night This is what I did and Oh God, Don t ask me what it was like to sleep turning off the lights.If it s difficult for you to see how the characters change drastically, just in a blink of an eye, in any book, if this change troubles you, leaving you thinking how,when,why then this is the book for you.Anushka or Anya is just a normal girl we have seen in every other movies She wants to stay fit, get the most popular guy from school, live a balanced life, wants to be around friends in this foreign country and when someone makes a poor joke, she doesn t take it long to get frowned See just a normal life she leads, having expectations of day to day life.But that changes, when she meets the ghost by accident.It s a good book and not so scary Thank God still it was freaking me out when I was reading it in the middle of the night Just a mini review the art is so cute I wanna die weird traces of girl hating generally just a little bit rushed kind of a cheesy ending but very cute and fun and fast paced i liked it, hurray Anya's Ghost


About the Author: Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and currently works at Laika Inc in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation She has done illustration work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Simon Schuster Her first graphic novel, Anya s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books.She loves knitting, baking, and trying not to kill her plants She hopes you are enjoying looking at her drawings


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