11 AugAnya’s Ghost 32/52

It’s been pretty quiet around the blog the past two weeks. Apologies for that, both Misty and I have been very busy! Misty is in the process of moving to a new house, and a few weeks ago I changed jobs. We’ve both been reading (I passed the 40 mark this week!) but when it comes to blogging about what we’ve read I know we’ve both been short on time.

That said, I’m going to try to put up two reviews a week until I’m all caught up!

I’ve already reviewed two graphic novels this year, but I wasn’t quite as excited for those ones as I was for this one. I’d been waiting since the beginning of the year for Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol to be released, and wow was I glad when it finally came in!

I’ve been a fan of Brosgol’s for a long time, and I consider her one of the influences on my own her. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out she was having a book come out this year!

Anya’s Ghost centers around Anya, a grumpy teenager suffering from typical teenager angst. Her mom drives her nuts, she’s pining for that cute boy at school, she’s feeling fat – when all this piles up on her, one day Anya decides she needs to get away from it. Skipping school, Anya runs out into the forest to clear her head. Unfortunately in the process she falls down an abandoned well where she is trapped overnight. While down there she discovers the ghost of another girl who fell down the well decades earlier.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book! The story flowed well, and unlike Ivy from an earlier review, you can actually more relate to what Anya is going through. Despite her angsty attitude, you don’t feel like you need to throttle some sense into the character. You start to care for the characters you’re reading about, and it’s pleasing to see them grow throughout the story.

Anya’s angst isn’t the only theme in the story, as we also get a good deal of suspense and the eerie factor of the ghost itself.

Not only does Anya’s ghost have a great story, but there are a lot of great messages for teens.

I would definitely recommend this book, so I give it four stars!

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