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Goat Heads and Sand Burrs, P. Kirby's Reading Blog

The good, bad, and fugly books I've read.
Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol Anya Borzakovskaya has worked really hard to overcome her immigrant origins, losing her Russian accent and doing her best to seem like a normal American teen. But...she still feels like she doesn't fit in.

Walking home from school one day, after a really bad day, she falls into a well, where she encounters the ghost of girl who was murdered several decades ago. Anya gets out of the well, thanks to a helpful passerby, but find that the ghost, Emily, has followed her home.

At first, Emily is the bestest BFF ever. She helps Anya cheat on tests, and cooks up a plan to spend more time with Anya's crush, Sean, the school heart throb.

But, wouldn't ya know it, all isn't quite as it seems with Emily. Anya finds that Emily's version of friendship is forever, in the scariest sense of the word.

The only thing keeping this from five stars is the ending, which felt a little rushed, something I've encountered with other teen graphic novels. But, Anya's words to Emily, about how you can never know what's going on in another person's head, nor should you make assumptions about the same, are a powerful bit of insight for people of ALL ages.

Lovely, crisp, and expressive, black-and-white artwork, too.