Ghost World

Ghost World

Graphic Novel - 2008
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One of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed graphic novels of all-time telling the story of two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to carry their life-long friendship into a new era, the careful dynamics of their inseparable bond are jolted, and what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like an encroaching reality of strip malls, low-paying service jobs and fading memories
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, c2008
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781560978909
Characteristics: 1 v. (unnumbered) . : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Grano, Adam
Alternative Title: Ghostworld


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StephanieOne Dec 06, 2018

Ghost World the movie is one of my favourite movies of all time. I must have seen it a good 3 dozen times by now. In fact, I watched it right before I read this book for the first time. Big mistake. The book and the movie are very similar, but completely different too. There's a lot of the same plot and dialogue, but who says what is different. Instead of following Enid as she hangs out with an older man she meets in a diner, this follows both girls through many of the same situations in the movie but with different settings or friends.
That being said, I gave the book another chance with a fresh mind and absolutely loved it. If you're a fan of the movie, you need to completely separate the two in your mind before reading this.

Apr 24, 2017

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

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

May 15, 2015

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

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