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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgal – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

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Anya's Ghost - book coverTitle: Anya’s Ghost

Author: Vera Brosgol

Summary: Anya’s family has moved to the States from Russia and she’s a socially awkward teenage girl facing the everyday challenges of high school with her best friend, Siobhan. Between avoiding her nerdy childhood friend, Dima and trying to win over the guy of her dreams, she was hardly expecting to fall down a well one day and meet a hundred-year-old ghost! After a hippie guy rescues her, Anya goes home only to find that the ghost, Emily, has followed her. At first having a ghost friend is really fun, but as Emily gets exposed to modern society it changes her for the worst, and Anya learns the truth of Emily’s death, which isn’t nearly as innocent as Emily claims it to be.

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

I would give Anya’s Ghost an 8/10. It was creative, fun to read and definitely original and I liked Anya’s character.

I started reading it because….I kept reading it because…

I started reading Anya’s Ghost because I really like supernatural/gothic books. I saw the title and thought it seemed really interesting, so I started reading it while my parents were out shopping for Christmas gifts, and it was pretty easy to finish. It only took a day to read but now it’s one of my favorite books. I was surprised at how honest it was! Many young adult books try to sugarcoat high school life, but Anya’s Ghost describes it exactly as it is, and I’m sure any kid could relate to it. The characters were also really cool. Emily the ghost has a really complex and creepy personality and Siobhan might not be the best influence since she smokes cigarettes and skips class constantly, but she turns out to be a pretty good friend to Anya in the end. Elizabeth, the popular girl, and her boyfriend Sean turn out to not be such a perfect couple after all, and Anya herself is one of the most original characters I’ve read about in a book.

Gut Reaction: I loved it, so did my sister and brother, and I would definitely recommend it to other people.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

I loved the illustrations: they reminded me of the movies Coraline and The Corpse Bride. The story was really great and I liked how in the end Anya realizes who her real friends are (Dima and Siobhan) and that popularity is overrated.

If the main character were stuck on a deserted island, they would…

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted "Most Likely To" be standing there trying to look normal and to avoid the stress of high school.

Anything else your reader (or library/blog editors) should know…

This book reminded me of Coraline because the characters in the Coraline movie are very much like the characters in Anya’s Ghost.

Anya is fictional but the author, Vera Brosgal, moved from Russia to the States, the same as Anya did.


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