In this graphic novel, teenager Anya falls down an abandoned well and meets a ghost, who becomes her constant companion. At first this is great; the ghost helps Anya track the movements of the jock she has a crush on, become a part of the cool kidsí social scene, and with school tests (O.K., technically, the ghost helps Anya cheat during school tests). However, as time goes by, Anya begins to wonder if those are the things that are really important. This is definitely a ghost story, with a scary side, but Brosgol also humorously and completely realistically captures the various indignities and insecurities of high school, and the monochromatic illustrations (my favorite part) are fantastic.
Recommended by Catherine