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"Ghost World" follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, who are best friends and are facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Both are naturalistic and nostalgic for the way things used to be in their lives. In "Ghost World", Clowes carves out a layered narrative out of the daily existence of these two girls and in the process,...

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Overview

From one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation comes a monumental work. The L.A. Weekly calls Clowes' comics "twisted and handsome".

"Ghost World" follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, who are best friends and are facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Both are naturalistic and nostalgic for the way things used to be in their lives. In "Ghost World", Clowes carves out a layered narrative out of the daily existence of these two girls and in the process, turns them into fully-realized young women.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA--Eight interconnected stories about two teens. Enid and Rebecca have been friends for so long that it's difficult for either of them to let the other grow or change. Now Enid will probably leave their working-class neighborhood and go away to college and Rebecca cannot accept this change in their relationship. Enid is the more radical and dramatic of the two, the one who talks a male friend into escorting her into an X-rated "adult" store. Rebecca is not so much a follower as simply more circumspect. She's the one who reasons that Josh, a friend they're both guilty of provoking sexually, really deserves to sleep with one of them after all the teasing he's weathered. While the vocabulary here is raunchy, it is accurate for the characters. These realistic 18-year-olds don't always talk nice and don't always act nice but they do have moral fiber underneath their tough-girl exteriors. It's just that they're at a point in life and a place in society where exteriors are a lot more important than nice. This is a book with distinct appeal to urban high school students, but it's certainly not for their younger brothers and sisters. Depending on where your comics are shelved, add this one where the age-appropriate audience is most likely to find it. The artwork is evocative and tasteful and the book can serve as a bridge to more literary stories of friendships.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Paste Magazine
“Ranked #6 of The 20 Best Graphic Novels of the Decade (2009).”
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“Ranked #10 of "The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time" (2009).”
The Onion A.V. Club
“If there was ever a comic book story meant to be examined by non-comics fans, it's this, a classic in any medium.”
Time
“The most readable comic of the year.”
The Simpsons
“I really identified with the girls in Ghost World. They made me feel like I wasn't so alone.”— Lisa Simpson
Wizard
“The appeal of Daniel Clowes’ breakout graphic novel lies not from what could be predictable plotting, but from its engaging character work. It is the relationship between outsider teens Enid and Rebecca that holds readers in its hilariously cynical sway from panel one.”
The Village Voice
“[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in The Catcher in the Rye for an eariler generation.”
Graphic Novel Reporter
“In Ghost World, Daniel Clowes doesn’t romanticize the teenage experience or show teenage girls as sweet and idealistic. His portrayal is raw, cynical, and honest, often hitting the nail on the head.... This graphic novel is very funny, but it's also very sad, and sometimes it’s both at the same time.... Though it's only 80 pages long, this graphic novel still manages to leave a deep impression.”— Danica Davidson
Michael Chabon
“I think Ghost World is astonishing... I think it's one of the best books about adolescence written.”
Dave Eggers
“Dan Clowes is a master storyteller and artist—there's poetry in every panel.”
Lisa Simpson - The Simpsons
“I really identified with the girls in Ghost World. They made me feel like I wasn't so alone.”
Danica Davidson - Graphic Novel Reporter
“In Ghost World, Daniel Clowes doesn’t romanticize the teenage experience or show teenage girls as sweet and idealistic. His portrayal is raw, cynical, and honest, often hitting the nail on the head.... This graphic novel is very funny, but it's also very sad, and sometimes it’s both at the same time.... Though it's only 80 pages long, this graphic novel still manages to leave a deep impression.”
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“Ranked #10 of "The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time" (2009).”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780224060882
  • Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.
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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Interesting I guess

    Catching up on graphic novels I always wanted to read. Either because of the movie which I didn't know said movie was based on a graphic novel or heard a lot about said graphic novel and just now finally getting around to reading it. So anyway, I remember seeing the movie a lot whenever it was on TV and thought it was an okay but not that bad of a movie.

    After reading this, it does make me want to revisit the movie again. I mean it has been a long time since I last saw it but I recall the story and its characters I guess. I also thought at the time that Thora Birch would of been a good Daria or Janeane Garofalo.

    So about the graphic novel, yeah the art is something to get used to. The story and characters are there, a little different from what I saw in the movie but still. Interesting is all I got to say for this one. Give this a read if you've heard of it because of the movie or while looking for graphic novels to read or something. Interesting read I guess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    so good

    so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

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    Average

    I really appreciate the artwork in this book along with the odd color scheme. Unfortunately, the artwork is the most impressive feature for me. I find the book lacks a storyline until about halfway through, and when the story finally shows up, it is nothing out of the ordinary. Perhaps it is because I moved many times growing up, and I am accustomed to saying goodbye to friends, which happens to be a key aspect of this story. I went into this book expecting it to be funny, and to me, it was not. Overall, I find the book simply average because I have read graphic novels that are worse and several that are equal or better than this one.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    Ghost World

    Ghost World written by Daniel Clowes is an amazing read. The diction in the comic is astounding and I found the characters of Enid and Rebbecca to be sincerely hilarious. Though I did see the movie and physically enjoyed it, I also adore the graphic novel, too. If you enjoy funny and yet awkward conversations between two alternative teenagers, well drawn pictures and a memorable plot, I recommend reading Ghost World.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    Ghost World

    I saw the movie version of 'Ghost World' before I read the graphic-novel. Although, in my opinion, the book was not as good as the movie, the book is still great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Best. Graphic Novel. Ever.

    The comic that the cult movie of the same title is based on slightly different than the movie, but both are amazing. You couldn't find something better to spend x amount of dollars on. Both the movie and the book display an eerie insight into the world of the atypical 18 year old girl, which I happen to be. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    A Truly classic comic

    I love this book. Daniel Clowes' magnum opus is filled with warmth, heart, and cynicism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    A world left a shadow of what it used to be

    About a year ago I introduced this book to my school across the waters from Seattle. It's popularity there is only diminished by its realism, since many people dislike it for the girls' realistic tongues. But the book has been receiving a dedicated following, as people (Teenagers especially) can relate to the feelings of isolation and loneliness that the two main Characters house, and, their undeniably Human natures. It starts with the girls having only themselves, since each is a misfit and depends on the other. Then, both start aging and drifting apart. The pain of their sepperating interests only deepens when each realizes how much they both need each other. What Mr. Clowes has done is create a book that every person can relate to, because how many people can say they have gone through a point in their life where they didn't belong?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    This Novel is Awesome!

    I think everyone should pick up this novel because it is the very best! It's the Clowes graphic novel I have seem in a long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    This book could not be any better!!!

    This book totally rules! You would be amazed! Give it a whirl...it will only make you happy! Well unless you do not like to laugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    A Riot!

    I started reading Ghost World and couldn't put it down! It was so true to what young adults feel, say and do- especially for those who are having trouble finding themselves after high school. I really connected with Enid's character. When reading this book, it was like I was right there in the story. It was made into a motion picture, but the graphic novel was so intense, I really enjoyed it. I could read it over and over again! It's guarenteed to make the reader laugh non-stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Clowes Writes Life

    Daniel Clowes' 'Ghost World' is a true achievment. Any young adult who is ready for it should definitly read this book. It is about two friends both different but they have been friends forever. They have graduated from High School and are talking about their future. While the friends around them become actress's and business men, Enid and Rebecca stay put and while while making wisecracks about life. Enid who is almost overly ambitious thinks about going to college while Rebecca just wants life to stay the same. The relationships Clowes writes about are to perfection. Both Enid and Rebecca play off of each other and play jokes on others. A must read book about coming-of-age gone to hell.

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