Ghost World

Ghost World

Graphic Novel - 2001
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Inspiration for the feature film and one of the most acclaimed graphic novels ever, following the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics ; [Place of publication not identified] : Thomson & Groth, 2001, c1998.
Edition: Seventh softcover edition
ISBN: 9781560974277
1560974273
Branch Call Number: GN CLOWES D
Characteristics: 80 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm.

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mclarjh
Apr 24, 2017

Collection of linked comic strips. Drawings okay. Suitable for teenagers.

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

Two cynical teenage friends wander aimlessly through the trackless suburbia of their dreary post high-school lives. This classic underground graphic novel was developed into an Academy Award nominated film featuring Scarlett Johansson.

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 24, 2016

A melancholy coming-of-age tale, GHOST WORLD encapsulates the hipster movement and the psychology of those who subscribe to it. Too cool to genuinely like anything, best friends Enid and Becky live their life with frowns upon their face interrupted with the occasional sarcastic smirk, their existences rife with ironic detachment. Ultimately, they're betrayed by the fact that they feel lost, alone, and scared by the big, bad world; they are children acting like adults or what they think adults act like, while they delay the inevitable experience of growing up. In many ways, it is very sad because they want love and acceptance, but lean the other way just because it seems cooler in that light.

There's a natural flow to the conversation, and that casual, borderline stream-of-consciousness style makes the dialogue between Enid and Becky memorable, a remarkable quality that shines through despite the ambling plot. Although there isn't very much by way of story, you almost want to cry at the concealed emotions and the Peter-Pan-esque reluctance to accept that we can't stay children forever. Forced to leave behind those childhood playthings and happy-go-lucky records, Enid and Becky put their best foot forward and enter the real world, however frightening it may be.

I know that what I got out of GHOST WORLD may not be what you will, but that's what makes it interesting. Just because I'm not fanatical about it doesn't mean it's not a good piece of literature. In fact, considering its brevity, I'd recommend everyone try it at least once.

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Revacard
Sep 06, 2016

I saw the movie a long time ago, and now finally read the graphic novel. I liked the movie more. This book is kind of dated with the type of creeps in it. The movie had its creeps, too though. I was hoping the graphic novel was closer to the movie. I am older now than when I saw the movie, so maybe it is harder to like it.

kisanet18 Aug 06, 2016

I am a fan of graphic novels but for some reason or another I did not enjoy this book. A lot of swear words!!!

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Joanna_Rose
Apr 23, 2016

I always was intrigued by the movie box but never saw it. I'm so glad I read this book. The dialogue is incredibly funny and captures true teen-girl angst circa mid-90s. A voice of my generation, and yes, life at 18 or so can really be a bummer.

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weirdduck88
Apr 18, 2016

A melancholic, coming of age graphic novel that reflects the rebellion against and angst of growing up and doing something with your life. The story itself is a bit short, but the feeling it leaves upon its final frame is a sense of harrowing sadness.

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indiamay
Nov 13, 2015

I liked this novel and while I enjoyed its relatable plot, I thought it was hard to connect with this overly foul-mouthed and excessively angsty teen (even though I am both of those things). However, I relished the character arc and the discovery of self identity of the protagonist (is she really?). I have to say this may be my favorite ending of all the graphic novels I have read, as it gives the reader hope, not only for the character, but in my case for myself as well. Overall, I highly recommend this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, especially for teens that need to reevaluate themselves.

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Krtjms
May 15, 2015

Classic Daniel Clowes. Ghost World makes a great introduction to Clowes and graphics novels in general.

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angeye87
Aug 06, 2014

A lot of people urged me to read this, and told me how great it was. I really wanted to like it =/ but I just didn't. I guess it just wasn't for me

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