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Aya de Yopougon, Tome 3 (Aya #3)

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Comment Ignace expliquera-t-il à sa femme son deuxième bureau et ses nouveaux enfants? Qui est cette mystérieuse inconnue qu'Albert voit toutes les nuits à l'Hôtel aux mille étoiles ? Adjoua pourra-t-elle s'en sortir en vendant des claclos toute la journée? Mais surtout : qui sera élue Miss Yopougon? Et Aya! A-t-elle besoin de se mêler de toutes les histoires de Yop City?

Hardcover, 135 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by Gallimard Jeunesse
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A sunny, funny soap opera following the intersecting lives of four families in late 1970s/early 1980s Côte d'Ivoire, Aya fuses an easygoing tone and visual style to what could easily be dark and emotionally wrenching plot elements: poverty, infidelity, heartbreak, filial resentment, and social intolerance. I keep waiting for the story to pull the rug out from under its characters; but, three volumes into the series, it hasn't happened. Aya gives us an amiable anti-suburbia: its well-inhabited pu ...more
Ben Winch
A recent string of interactions with comics-afficianado Michael (fan of everything from W.G. Sebald to the Silver Surfer) reminded me of the power of visual storytelling. Unfortunately, without the budget to buy most titles I’m restricted to local libraries, where the range is small and quality variable. Still, when I came across Aya I was sold. A social-realist comic book set in the Ivory Coast in the 70s, printed by Montreal’s Drawn and Quarterly, this – at least in my experience – is pretty u ...more
what can i say? this series is excellent. the art is so endearing and refreshing! the stories are hilarious, thought-provoking and realistic. my only thing is that i wish aya's character would evolve a bit more. i want something to happen to and for her. i want her to be changed by her experience. she's always untouched (figuratively and literally).

im tempted to buy the last two installments of the series and try my french...but i should probably just wait for the english translations, ha ha.

Elevate Difference
Last summer, in dire need of some pure escapism, I stumbled upon the four-volume Aya comic book series. Inspired by author Marguerite Abouet’s childhood, this series takes us back to the late 1970s on the Ivory Coast to a suburb of Abidjan, Yopougon, known affectionately as Yop City to its residents. What initially piqued my interest was finding a series taken from the point of view of Aya, a nineteen-year-old African woman—indeed a rare occurrence. Although the bright and studious Aya is the ma ...more
This is a fun graphic novel series. The books are thick, but are quick reads that can be read in one seating. The series gives a different view of Africa and show the countries light and playful side.
It's getting better and better. Unfortunately I have to wait until Thursday to get books 4, 5, and 6. The saga continues.....
This wonderful series centers on a group of family and friends in 1970s Cote d'Ivoire. It's a warm, funny, catty and abundantly human look at life in a different, but familiar, culture.

Aya, the title character, is a teen girl whose family resists her desire to go to medical school. She's level-headed and kind, traits rarely echoed in the characters surrounding her.

This third volume in the series deals with the consequences of her dad's long-time infidelity, an act that surprises Aya but no one
This is the third book if this series and there are a lot of shocking things that occur in this book. The main thing that stood out to me and that was the most shocking in this book was that Aya's brother turned out to be gay. I didn't expect it from him because in the book it always seemed like he talked and "hooked" up with a lot of girls all the time. This whole time he had a lover and no one knew about it . The father still continues to be on his old ways and he had a mistress and had kids w ...more
Javier Alaniz
Written by Marguerite Abouet
Art by Clement Oubrerie

The standard narrative of any story set in Africa includes an empathy numbing array of horrors: Child Soldiers wielding machetes and AK-47's, famine, rape, AIDS, corruption, slavery. The desire to call attention to this awfulness is understandable, important even. Yet by having tragedy so omnipresent, it dehumanizes those dealing with that as a part of their life. Marguerite Abouet's series Aya consciously bucks this trend. The charming st
This last volume in the Aya series deals with the heavier issues that were percolating underneath the drama in the first two volumes, namely the position of women in Ivorian society. Not only do Aya's two friends have to deal with the outcomes of the relationships they have pursued, but their mothers are also faced with their own situations. Plural marriage is a practice that is allowed but is not common, according to Abouet's depiction of Ivorian society in the 1970s. This does not mean, of cou ...more
Aya: The Secrets Come Out is the third book in Marguerite Abouet's series about a young girl living in Ivory Coast in the 1970s. And without a doubt, this book is as engaging and lively as its two predecessors. I find the life that Abouet depicts and Oubrerie brings to life via his artwork fascinating to read. There are some things in the book that mirror life in the West perfectly--like the discussions of homosexuality, the desire to succeed, Aya's dream of being a doctor, etc. Then there are o ...more
Im Jahr 1980 rüstet sich Youpougon für einen Miss-Wettbewerb. Schneider Sidiki steht der Schweiß auf der Stirn; denn seine kleine Werkstatt wird von den Mädchen des Stadtviertels belagert, die auf ihr Kleid warten. Beim Schönheitswettbewerb treffen westliche Schönheitsideale auf traditionelle afrikanische Vorstellungen von der Attraktivität rundlicher Frauen. Ayas Familie ist schockiert vom Auftauchen der langjährigen Geliebten von Vater Ignace, die demonstrativ ihre beiden Kinder zurücklässt, d ...more
I really regret having to read this book before the first book in the series ("Aya"). For some reason, my position on the hold list is going up, instead of going down.

"Aya: The Secrets Come Out" was exactly as promised (full of scandalous secrets), and very enjoyable. It was the kind of story that could have happened anywhere, with strategic detail that placed in firmly on the Ivory Coast of the late 70's. The characters are interesting and three dimensional, and they change over the course of
As the title suggests, in this third volume of the Aya series, almost every major character's romantic secrets are exposed and Aya's friends, family and neighbors must deal with the consequences. With the exception of one couple, most of these trysts and dalliances were already rising to the surface in the first and second volumes, but the full implications and connections between the various characters' relationships don't become clear until this one. I didn't find this book quite as engaging a ...more
Excellent troisième tome qui aborde des sujets sérieux tels que l'homosexualité. Les choses bougent pour pas mal de personnages. J'ai hate de lire la suite.
Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
You can read my thoughts here. (2.75/5)
This is the third book in this series, and I confess I have not read the first two. The title- The Secrets Come Out is pretty revealing, as a huge cast of characters have revelations that are major to the core of the story. The writing is very crisp and makes the reader have an appreciation for the Ivory Coast even though I don't know too much about it.The art is really good and totally fits with the story, Very nice collaboration between the writer/artist. The question would have to be, if I li ...more
Koen Claeys
Ik gaf dit album bijna vijf sterren, zo goed dat deze reeks is.
They address the big issues here, huh
I love the feel of the AYA books and how well-rounded these Ivory Coast villagers are. The book never makes any of these characters victims of anything but their own human folly. Aya herself is a strong, confident single woman who one would want as a good friend. Abouet's sharp writing draws a line between socially-acceptable infidelity and harmful, soul-destroying misogyny without ever being preachy. Stunning artwork by Oubrerie.
sweet pea
this is the first volume of Aya that i truly liked. the slowly-simmering problems, infidelities, and secret relationships are all brought to the fore. the same characters are present, but somehow this volume is more captivating. a beauty pageant, second wives, queer love, money problems and philandering provide a tempestuous air to this continuing tale of village life. now. give me more graphic novels set in Africa.
The third installment in the Aya series. I don't recommend reading this on it's own. Yet another enjoyable tale from the series. I like how it breaks my own personal stereotypes of life in 'suburban' Africa.
I preferred this to "Aya of Yop City." The way this series has been advertised is that it shows a "happy Africa." While it is great to read about a stable time in the Ivory Coast's history, it is conflict that makes a good story, and this book finally brings out the drama. Most of the troubles in the novel have to do with the role of women, which is shown to be less than pleasant.
Enjoyable in a soap opera type way.
Dave Riley
I think this installment of AYA tries too hard and stumbles. Too many sub plots woven together all forced into the same theme. But the same ambience survives -- the cultural presence and th clash of competing perspectives of, in this case, the role of women in the home and society.

Michael Price
The best one yet. Abouet is visibly growing as a writer. The first two novels end somewhat traumatically, whereas the ending to the third novel gives a good amount of closure. It still leaves you wanting to read the fourth one. Finally, characters like Aya and Herve start to shine!
This one ended happily. Does that mean it's the last one? I don't know if Aya ever really got any actual story - as she said, nothing seems to happen to her. (I'm paraphrasing there.) The men weren't quite as horribly stereotyped in this volume, so that was nice.
This was probably the best Aya book so far but I felt like the ending was way too rushed... I wanted more! The characters are hilarious and so well developed. The problems are so real. The illustrations are so full of life. I love this series and hope she writes more.
Stripreeks die haar kracht vooral put uit het aangename Afrikaanse dorpssfeertje en de warme inkleuring van de tekeningen.
Dit derde deel is jammer genoeg 'n aaneenrijging van verschillende verhaallijntjes, waardoor het aan potentieel sterk inboet.
Jake Forbes
I still love the pieces that make up this ensemble dramedy of 70s Ivory Coast suburban life, but I confess I'm getting a little impatient for some closure in some of the supporting stories and some more signifcant developments for the title character.
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Marguerite Abouet was born in 1971 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in Western Africa. She grew up during a time of great prosperity in the Ivory Coast. At the age of twelve, she and her old brother went to stay with a great-uncle in Paris, where they further pursued their education. Years later, after becoming a novelist for young adults, Abouet was drawn to telling the story of the world she remembered ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Aya (6 books)
  • Aya (Aya #1)
  • Aya of Yop City (Aya #2)
  • Aya de Yopougon, Tome 4 (Aya, #4)
  • Aya de Yopougon, Tome 5 (Aya, #5)
  • Aya de Yopougon, Tome 6 (Aya, #6)
Aya (Aya #1) Aya of Yop City (Aya #2) Aya: Life in Yop City (Aya #1-3) Aya: Love in Yop City (Aya #4-6) Aya de Yopougon, Tome 4 (Aya, #4)

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