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Ghost World Reviews
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    September 27, 2016

    Ghost World is a graphic novel both written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. It was published in 1997 and was subsequently turned into a film in 2001, starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi.

    This is a coming-of-age story about best friends Enid and Rebecca. They've recently graduated high school, and each chapter in the story deals with a different story in relation to them growing up and moving on in life, even if that may ultimately mean moving on from each other.

    Though the story itself doesn't really have a strict plot, I think that it's a really relatable look at life as a teen, when you tend to overdramatize things and think the whole world is against you. The characters are really quirky, and you'll probably find yourself looking back at your teenage years and recalling your own experiences with a Rebecca or an Enid.

    The art style is very minimalist, much like the story. It's neither black and white nor true colour. It has a mix of whites and aquamarimes, with very thickly-drawn black outlines. It's a unique style that you don't see too often.

    The ending has become a topic of conversation for years as many people have taken different meanings from it. I think that's the sign of some good writing, and I would recommend reading for yourself so you can draw your own conclusion.

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