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“[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
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published September 28th 2006)
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Leslie Reese
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
Elie
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.
Sam Quixote
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
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Tania
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
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Angie
“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
Alisa
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).
Michael
Feb 20, 2013 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Rachel
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Gina
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Javier Alaniz
Aya
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
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Lucinda
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
Buchdoktor
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
Nathaniel
"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
Sarah Sammis
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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Kyla
This series of vignettes of several families who live in the Ivory Coast had such potential. But, the storylines are fractured and the changes abrupt. I found it hard to follow along because of the frequent changes. Many aspects of these characters' lives were left unexplained, too. If this is part of a series I wish I had known in advance so I could've started at the beginning. Maybe, then, the issues I have with the storytelling wouldn't be so problematic.
Dave Riley
If you want your socks charmed off your feet this graphic novel will do that big time. Immensely evocative of time and place -- the Ivory Coast in the 1970s -- tales of families and sundry other relationships is layered one atop the other.

I love that edge you get with story telling like this that is ruled by wry humour and a keeness to indulge and forgive its characters' frequent failings.

Fortunately Aya is a series so there is more to be had from this stable: Marguerite Abouet (writer) and Cl
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Lesly
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Charlotte
The only point of critique I have to this comic is how scene changes are handled. They happen quite abruptly; you turn the page expecting continuation but suddenly find yourself elsewhere. Quite jarring, but doesn't do away with the fact that this is a superb comic, soap style.
lesleymac
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 of Yop City" was exactly as promised, 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 the story. The main characters are youn
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Cathy Douglas
While Aya's name is in the title, she's too good to have much of a story. So most of this is about her family and friends, and all their wicked ways. Her girlfriends are a couple of gold-diggers, her dad and most of the other men chase skirts, and Aya's left with nobody to love but her mom and her girldfriend's baby. I'm guessing that changes in the next few volumes, but for now that's how it goes.

There's nothing so unusual about this plotline, as the author herself says. The interest here is in
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Claire
While the story kind of meanders, it works for the kind of atmosphere it's seemingly trying to create of a kind of te capsule of a place. Four stars alone for interestingly unique subject matter in a graphic novel. And the awesome colors/patterns of 70s West Africa!
Robin
Jan 15, 2009 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like quirky graphic novels
As a friend who reads comics pointed out the other day, with a graphic novel, it can go wrong in two ways, the text and the illustrations. For me it's often very difficult to get past the illustrations if they don't interest me but that is NOT the case with these books. I love the pictures and it's just a neat slice of life story about the Ivory Coast in the 1970s. This book focuses on the paternity of Aya's friend's new baby but other secrets are revealed with the ending a bit of a cliff-hanger ...more
Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
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Abby
Nov 03, 2008 Abby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Not too different in tone & content from the first -- a light-hearted look at the lives of Aya & her friends, young people growing up in Cote d'Ivoire in the 1970s. The story picks up right where the first one left off.

What I like about this series can be summed up by what the author herself says in an interview at the back of this book -- that very rarely do we in "the West" get to read stories about life in Africa that are not about suffering -- that describe people's daily lives with
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Eric Piotrowski
How refreshing to read a book about Africa based on universality of experience, warm family ties, and beautific commonality. Of course conflict and class are never far away (just as in the US and elsewhere), but Abouet succeeds admirably in telling stories of people that are familiar and friendly. At the risk of losing some of the gravitas that other tales of war-torn Africa carry, this book tells a relatively simple story (several stories, actually), but in that simplicity lies the agreeable co ...more
Saoirse
Très bon second tome. Beaucoup de rebondissements, une fin prévisible mais plaisante.
A
The illustrations are still amazing. I love the colors used...vibrant yet muted like we're looking at an old photograph. The story ended with some unfinished business, so it is clear that there will be (is) another volume. I like that this is not a stand-alone volume. And yet, it's been so long since I read Aya, that it was almost as if I was reading it as a stand-alone and it was still good. The use of Ivorian language and culture was lovely and strong but was presented in a way that made this ...more
Angela
Purely by accident I read Aya of Yop City before the original Aya. Clearly this volume is not meant to be a story in itself, as it opens in the middle of several characters' relationship dramas, most of which remain unresolved, and the story leads up to a beauty pageant that doesn't happen before the book ends. I'm not against serial stories, but in a hardback volume they can be a little frustrating.

Still, the art is good and the storyline is intriguing; the 1970s Ivory Coast setting is certainl
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Stephanie
Pretty delightful! I don't know how I came to pick up the second volume without any knowledge that it was a series, but while it was clearly picking up threads (that had been left off at quite a cliffhanger, I would imagine!) and didn't tie up all of its own loose ends, the action was surprisingly comprehensible. I'm curious to read both the first and later ones. I especially enjoyed not just the art but the cultural attitudes that are unapologetically embedded in the story--I've pretty much dou ...more
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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)
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  • The Secrets Come Out (Aya, #3)
  • Aya de Yopougon, Tome 4 (Aya, #4)
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