Ghost World

Ghost World

Book - 2000
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It tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, two above-it-all best friends confronted with the prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their friendship.
Publisher: London : c2000. Jonathan Cape,
ISBN: 9780224060882
Branch Call Number: YF CLOW
Characteristics: 80p. : all col. ill. ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Ghostworld

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ckay1
Jun 05, 2019

So, constant swearing and an annoying attitude that almost EVERYTHING they encounter is beneath them and lame gives you Ghost World. I know this was the kind of culture back then for teens (and still is for some of us) but it just sounds like these 2 girls with no real problems who try to be different and aloof end up like everyone else.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

Could not get into it

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.

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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.

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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