All Anya has ever wanted was a good friend.
High school can be pretty hard for a girl who has an immigrant past, whose mother embarrasses her, who has a body image problem, and whose dream guy is in love with the school hottie. But when Anya falls into a well while walking through the park, everything changes.
The well contains a skeleton of a young girl. The ghost of the girl, named Emily, has been waiting for someone to find her since 1918, when she was killed. And now someone has.
Emily attaches herself to Anya and becomes her best friend. She helps Anya with her tests, she gives her fashion advice, and encourages her to go after the boy of her dreams.
Emily tells Anya a sad story about a lost love and her untimely and unsolved murder. But when Anya begins to research the crime in an attempt to solve it, she soon suspects Emily may not have been completely honest. Once that cat is out of the bag, things begin to turn sinister.
My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, this ill-intentioned ghost was so much fun in a creepy kind of way - sort of how you feel when you read Neil Gaiman. (Brosgol was a storyboard artist for Coraline, so it all makes sense.) Brosgol does a great job in transforming the image of a sweet, victimized girl to one with a terrifying glint in her eye. It was totally Fatal Attraction-esque.
There are also good lessons here, such as respecting your parents, loving your body the way it is, and learning that the cute boy in school may not be all that nice. Which makes this a perfect read for girls in the 12-14 age range. This is an excellent debut from a talented artist...I look forward to her future work! I want to thank Heather for the Christmas gift! Lastly, I will leave you with a very cute book trailer...
4 out of 5 stars