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Aya of Yop City (Aya #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,195 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
“[Aya] wittily delves into both the political and the pop during an enchanted era when anything seemed possible.” —Vibe Vixen

The original Drawn & Quarterly volume of Aya debuted last year to much critical acclaim, receiving a Quill Award nomination and praise for its accessibility and for the rare portrait of a warm, vibrant Africa it presents. This continuation of the
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published September 28th 2006)
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That ending !! I'm already reading the 3rd book it was so freaking good!
Feb 20, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marisa Tasser, Jonie Koha
I don't think I would have appreciated this book as much as I did had I not been to West Africa. It is wonderfully evocative of the spirit, sense of humour, environment, culture, and people of this region. That being said, I would have all the same enjoyed this graphic novel even if I hadn't. For anyone who may be curious about contemporary Africa, I would recommend this to them without reservation.
Sam Quixote
Dec 31, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
I read the first Aya book after several years of avoiding comics and really enjoyed it. The artwork was fresh, the story (though somewhat soap opera-ish) was enjoyable, and the world seemed familiar to Westerners yet distinctively African. I picked this sequel up after a few years of reading hundreds and hundreds of comic books and found it to be not at all what I was expecting it to be.

The artwork is ok but the story is just too slight to make up an entire book. Aya is an independent woman who
Leslie Reese
May 07, 2014 Leslie Reese rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-authors
In this the 2nd installment of a series of graphic novels written by Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by Clement Ouberie, the plot from the 1st book thickens and this one ends with a great soap-operatic cliff-hanger! The “Aya” stories take place in Africa’s Ivory Coast during the 1970s. The illustrations are expressive, and I love the “Ivorian Bonus” at the end of the book---in this case not only is there (1) a glossary of terms; (2) a recipe for “Chicken Kedjenou”; (3) illustrated instructions ...more
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I enjoyed this second volume in the series: the story is engaging, the artwork vibrant, and the characters distinct. I still think the marketing of this series overstates its supposed lightheartedness and positivity in a major way; yes, it's set in Africa without including war, abject poverty, sickness, etc., but it's still by and large a story of working-class folks dealing with the fallout of their egregious sexual behavior (the girls' fathers are particularly shameless). Acting like the event ...more
I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for quite a while and I finally found it at my local library. Now, isn't that always the way?

The story of Aya and her girlfriends is intricate. It takes a while to learn to differentiate between the characters and know who's who. It becomes easier as you learn about all the character's motivations really quickly. This is an interesting insight into the Ivory Coast of the 70's - when the country was experiencing an economic boom - and a cultural his
Oct 01, 2008 Elie rated it it was ok
The artwork in this graphic novel set in Cote d'Ivoire makes this book worth reading. The plot started mid-way in the usual comic book cycle and there wasn't enough character differentiation to hold a rather jarred storyline peppered with the usual African stereotypes: the young single mother, the authoritarian father, the bad boy whose come back from overseas. I would look through the pictures in the other installments, but otherwise not bother.
Mar 06, 2017 Blair rated it really liked it
I started here without having read the first book, but it didn't matter. This is charming slice of life set in the Ivory Coast in the 1970s. The characters are well drawn, both figuratively and literally, and there is a nice sense of humour on display. Visually it's a little reminiscent of Joann Sfar's work, but it also brought to mind Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar stories.
Mar 06, 2012 Lucinda rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The second in a series translated from French, this graphic novel details the life story of a teenage girl growing up in a working class neighbourhood of Abidjan Ivory Coast in the 1970s (prior to the current issues of civil war, corruption and economic collapse that this country has faced for the last 30 years). Well, really this story tells very little about Aya (I see her as being more of a foil for her friends than an actual person inhabiting these stories, but maybe that will change as the ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Akoss rated it really liked it
The second volume continues Aya and her friends adventure or misadventures.
This part mostly dealt with people reaping what they sowed in volume one in terms of shenanigans and mischief. Alas I'm beginning to wonder if Bintou is just plain stupid or she thinks extremely high of herself. I don't know, but I hope vol 3 will give me an answer.
Everything else about the book is just as enjoyable as before even though this one is not as funny as the first.
It also ended with a very loud bang and I'm dyi
Jan 20, 2009 Alisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Both Aya books were good, but the 2nd one was much more complex, running several story lines simultaneously, based on character knowledge acquired during the more conventional and slower-paced first book.

It was really fun to learn about the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, and I especially enjoyed the notes at the end of the story about customs (like the print of your pagne literally advertises how you're feeling about life and love).
Danika at The Lesbrary
Apr 25, 2015 Danika at The Lesbrary rated it really liked it
A lot of fun! Gives the feel of a casual glimpse into people's everyday lives. Funny and relatable. I'll definitely be picking up more in the series.
Mucho más dinámica que la primera parte. :)
Apr 12, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
“Aya of Yop City”, is a graphic novel that follows the lives many Ivorian Coast people. In the beginning of the novel, there was conflict about who was Bobby’s (Adjoua’s son) real father was because he did not look like his mother nor did he look like Moussa (the boy that Adjoua claimed to be his father). And Bonaventure Sissoko a rich man who was Moussa’s father; did not believe that Moussa was Bobby’s and was angry at the fact that Moussa had to claim Bobby as his son because Adjoua’s family ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Judy rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2017 Rachel rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to the other volumes.
Bure Kabisa
Mar 06, 2017 Bure Kabisa rated it really liked it
Fresh, funny and a nice little graphic novel set in IvoryCoast. Two thumbs up!
Jan 17, 2017 Jillian rated it it was amazing
Once I start I can't seem to stop.
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Aya of Yop City is the second book in the Aya series. It picks up a story thread from the previous book - which I read years ago, so it took me a while to remember. The premise isn't complicated however, so it almost doesn't matter whether you've read the first Aya or not.

The series is set in the idyllic Ivory Coast in the late 1970s. It seems rare to find books set in Africa that are not about bad things happening, and Aya fills in tha
Bella O.
Sep 11, 2016 Bella O. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A person who likes and is familiar with teens and has an interest in culture.
Recommended to Bella by: Teacher
In "Aya of Yop City" by Marguerite Abouet, readers meet Aya and her two friends Adonja and Bintou who are living in modern-day Africa. This book is the second book in the Aya series, and the book picks up with Adonja, who finds herself in a very bad situation regarding her baby son Bobby and his unknown father. The story rolls out from there with a “romance” for Bintou which has signs of not lasting long, youth sneaking out in the middle of the night to play around with the other gender, as well ...more
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Aya of Yop City is a series of graphic novels by Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by Clement Oubrerie. Abouet grew up in the 1970’s in the Ivory Coast, and she wanted to write something that would show readers that Africa is not a continent on which nothing but awful things happen. She wanted to counter the stereotype of Africa as a place that is monolithic and disastrous. During the 1970’s, the Ivory Coast experienced an economic boom and a lengthy per
Bevor es zu einer rauschenden Hochzeit kommen kann zwischen Ayas Freundin Adjouna und Moussa, dem Sohn des wohlhabenden Brauereibesitzers Sissoko, meldet der alte Sissoko Zweifel an der Vaterschaft seines Sohnes zu Adjouas Kind an. Mit seinem üppigen Haarschopf kann Baby Bobby kaum Moussas Sohn sein. Die Haartolle allein sollte genügen, seinen leiblichen Vater ausfindig zu machen. Dass Bobby nach Bobby Ewing getauft wurde, ist als Bezug inzwischen überholt, zeigt aber eindringlich die naiven Glü ...more
Javier Alaniz
Jul 28, 2011 Javier Alaniz rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Megan C
Dec 05, 2015 Megan C rated it liked it
In the second volume, Adjou deals with the fallout of the lie she told about her son's paternity. Her wedding to the rich but clueless Moussa is called off and her father storms into Mamadou's house to demand child support. Aya helps Adjou take care of little Bobby, but Bintou is flippant about lending a hand because she has better things to do (namely, a Frenchman who is staying in a luxury hotel and is, apparently, looking for a wife). Herve is moving up in the mechanic job he's found (thanks ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
"Aya of Yop City" is a playful, lower-class soap-opera style introduction to West Africa. Abouet conjures three interrelated families, focusing her attention on one young woman from each family all of whom are trying to navigate their way towards dependable spouses in a landscape of dirt bags and forced marriages. The writing is light and conversational, leaning towards slang, with absolutely nothing brooding, poetic or introspective about it (thought bubbles do not appear at any time). Despite ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Gina rated it really liked it
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Reyna Alston
Oct 07, 2016 Reyna Alston rated it liked it
Aya of Yop City is a book about a young mother named Adjoua, her son and her parents, her friend (Aya) and her other family members. The book starts off with one of Adjoua's family trying to determine who the baby's father is. Eventually when they find the father, the entire family is on edge because the father doesn't make any kind of effort to help Adjoua and Bobby. Bobby spends a lot of time with Aya (one of Adjoua's friends) during all the drama and builds a special bond with her. The book s ...more
Rating 3.5 of 5
Aya of Yop City was a graphic novel I randomly picked up off the shelf after seeing it mentioned several times in various places. I’m glad I did, even though it isn’t my favorite graphic novel by any means. For one thing, it provides a really insightful look at daily life in Ivory Coast in the 1970’s–and how often do you find a book that takes you there? I think this is the first book I’ve found that is set in Ivory Coast at all, regardless of the time period. And I think the styl
Sarah Sammis
Jan 05, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
I love my library but there are some shelving decisions there that baffle me. Graphic novels, for instance, are shelved separately but within reach of fiction for middle grades and young adults. Adult graphic novels though are put with the nonfiction according to their Dewey decimal call number. Because they aren't put near fiction I had no idea there were any adult graphic novels until I happened to see the cover of one from the reading area at the back of the library.

The cover I happened to se
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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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