Anya’s Ghost made Glen Weldon’s list of Five Recent Graphic Novels You Really Shouldn’t Miss, posted right before Comic Con. I tried to buy it at SDCC, but the publisher sold out. I finally got my copy yesterday.
The story is of a Russian-American teenager who’s desperately trying to blend in with her high school and discard her Russian heritage as it’s “uncool.” When she accidentally falls down a well, she picks up a ghost hitchhiker who is at first annoying, and then very helpful. And then… things get weird.
This is a graphic novel geared for young adults and the problems of fitting in. As one who did not really fit in high school, I can completely sympathize. I hated being different, but unlike Anya, I didn’t really feel the pressure to fit in, possibly because I couldn’t as it was too obvious (full Asian in a mostly white school). I was lucky in that I had several really good friends (who also did not fit in) so that was really enough for me.
The story is simple, yet towards the end, it got quite compelling as Anya learns more about her new friend. I read it all in one sitting, as it’s not very long (221 p.), and I’d like to read it again so I can fully appreciate the black & white art. It’s very… round. I don’t know if that makes sense, but the lines are very curved and flowy, which suits the ghost story well. I also really like the facial expressions.
I can easily see this being made into a cartoon or live-action movie.