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By: Maya Matunis http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2012/07/02/anyas-ghost/comment-page-1/#comment-133166 Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:33:19 +0000 http://www.readaboutcomics.com/?p=2319#comment-133166 I just finished reading Anya’s Ghost, ( which I tore through in one train ride), and I found it to be beyond spectacular. I read a lot of graphic novels as a youngster, but as I grew up to become a teen, my interest in “picture books” weaned. The other day, though, my friend loaned me a copy of Anya’s Ghost, because, as Anya refers to it, I’m a “fobb” from Lithuania, and I was quickly drawn to the images and story line of the first few pages. I identified with Anya in many ways, the typical teenage angst along with the struggle of outgrowing your Eastern European baby fat as your mother pushes the greasy food of your homeland at you and your best friend turns out to not be a friend at all. On top of that, Anya must deal with her lack of charm when it comes to getting the boy she wants, and what’s worse, the pretty girl that everybody loves to hate is in her gym class. Oh, the woes of every immigrant teenager in America! Any way, as the story progressed, I was also drawn to the character of Emily, the friend that every girl wished that she could have. Emily, the kind, helpful, and delightfully naive little ghost who you can fit in your pocket and use in desperate boy situations, seemed to me like the ultimate companion. However, after reading the back of the book and reading the reviews that claimed that “Anya’s Ghost” was “scary” and “spooky”, I couldn’t help but wonder, “where is the horror in all of this”? A friendly, helpful little ghost with a sad story and dandelion shaped hair did not seem like the typical villain in the blood and guts type horror flick that I’m so used to seeing in the cinema. However, once the frightening things did begin to happen, I found myself irked by the events in the story rather than cowering and hiding the book in the freezer. Emily’s story was almost too relatable, boy calls girl ugly, girl kills boy and his lover. I couldn’t help thinking about the haunting question that Emily asked Anya after she realized the truth, “If you had held the match in your hands…” This question haunted me for the rest of the trip home. Would I have done it? Would I, if I had had the chance to, burnt down the house of the boy that rejected me and the boy along with it? As a, as my mother calls it, “unconventionally beautiful girl” rather than an all American beauty like Elizabeth, would I light a match to the house of the boy who broke my heart? Like Anya, the answer is no. After reading Anya’s Ghost and seeing myself so much reflected in Anya, I grew along with her as a person. Anya realized that hating herself would not make her any more beautiful, hating her brother would not make him go away, hating her mother would not stop her from being Russian, hating Siobhan would not make her a better friend, and hating Sean and Elizabeth would never make her more popular. All that we can do in this life is take care of ourselves and others, and Anya learns this not only through the evil that Emily does, but also through her own courage to stand up for her family and herself. For these reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed Anya’s Ghost, and I shall forever avoid wells with ghosts within them!

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