EL本棚紹介(2) Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

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What would you do if you met a friendly ghost? What if that ghost started helping you out with your social life and schoolwork? And what if that ghost is carrying a big secret?

Anya’s Ghost is about Anya, a high school student who immigrated to the US from Russia. She has trouble fitting in, struggles with grades, and wants to get a boyfriend. Everything changes, though, when she meets Emily, a 90-year-old ghost and her new best friend. This book is full of humor, and it tells an honest story about the experience of a young immigrant family. On the other hand, the twist in the second half of the book changes everything.

My two cents: This is a light, fun read, and despite the “ghostly” subject matter, it is neither scary nor dark.