Ever felt anxious or alone? Like you don’t belong anywhere? Like you’re almost… invisible? Find your kindred spirits at The Sad Ghost Club.
This is the story of one of those days – a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it’s a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn’t. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, lost and alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything. Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club – a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don’t belong.
The Sad Ghost Club was a quick read for obvious reasons. There are pages with no text whatsoever, and others with just a single line or word. This is a graphic novel which cleverly portrays the anxiety that some teens go through with school and life in general.
I wish The Sad Ghost Club was around when I was a teenager, because I would have been a member. It was interesting to read this and see the sad ghosts as I remember feeling just like them a lot. I love that they found one another and helped each other out because theres nothing worse than feeling alone.
I found the scenes at the party interesting as the second ‘ghost’ didn’t want to engage with the main character, Sam, at first. I thought it was so true to life as you do start feeling kind of ‘whats the point’ when you feel that way. It made it even more realistic and relatable.
I loved the style of the graphic novel, all in black and white and basic art. More detail would have got in the way of the beauty of the ghosts finding one another. It was the perfect backdrop for them.
The Sad Ghost Club was one I wanted to read as soon as I saw the cover for it and I’m so glad I did. Its probably not one i’d go back to time and time again, but its definitely worth a read, especially for those teens that feel a little anxious about life. It appears to have a volume number as well, so I’m looking forward to getting to read more about the club in Volume 2 at some point!
The Sad Ghost Club was published by Hatchette Children’s Books on 21st January 2021. My copy was loaned from my local library.