Well this was an interesting adventure into a new genre. The only other graphic novel I’ve read was the Persepolis series in college, which are fantastic. They tell the story of a girl growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution.
Ghost World is also a coming of age tale but with a decidedly ’90s American teen angst bent. Maybe I’m not the right age group for this graphic novel because it wasn’t my favorite. I did enjoy parts of it but it was hard to get into and relate to the two female protagonists. A majority of the beginning is just the two friends saying how much they hate everyone around them while simultaneously hanging around some very interesting/disturbing characters. And yes this does set the scene for growth later on in the novel but it also makes it harder, at least for me, to relate to them.
In the beginning, Enid and Rebecca are inseparable best friends from childhood who have no real plans for the future so they basically wallow in their lives and make up stories about those around them so that they themselves seem more interesting. It wasn’t until about 2/3rds of the way through the graphic novel that the plot became a bit more meaningful, at least for me. Enid decides that she wants to go to college which creates a rift between the friends because Rebecca still has no idea what her future plans are. Ultimately, they grow apart because of this rift and, at least at the end of this novel, are unable to quite put their friendship back together.
This was the most real part of the book and a difficult part of growing up. As everyone leaves high school, each friend is going a different direction and the things that used to hold you close together now tear you apart. The theme of impermanence in the world and in our lives was the best part of this graphic novel for me.
Has anyone read this graphic novel or have suggestions for some great graphic novels they’ve read? Please comment below!
Stay tuned for the next installment of Book Battle 2015. Happy reading?