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The Secrets Come Out (Aya #3)

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Aya has captured the hearts of North American readers of all ages for the rare portrait it paints of a vibrant, happy, bourgeois Ivory Coast in the 1970s, based upon Marguerite Abouet’s youth in Yop City. Not only is Aya complemented with Clément Oubrerie’s gorgeous artwork, but the volumes also offer a slice-of-life peek into African culture: complete with recipes, glo

Hardcover, 132 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published October 11th 2007)
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This is a fun series and a consistent one - once you've read the first book (and you really do need to read them in order), you know what you're getting. The more time I spent with Aya and her family and friends, the more involved in their lives I felt: this is a fun story that draws you in, with a quick pace, believable characters and colorful, evocative artwork that really brings to life the Ivory Coast of the 1970s. Abouet deals with some heavy topics, like patriarchy and sexual mores, in a s ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ich bin eigentlich nicht so ein Fan von Graphic Novels. Ich mag das alte "Comic" lieber. Beim Durchblättern im Laden hat die Serie mich auch nicht direkt angesprochen. Zu Unrecht.

Selten so ein sympathisches Werk gelesen. Die ganze Kultur, der ganze Lifestyle der Elfenbeinküste in eine Serie mit knallbunten Charakteren gepackt. Man bekommt gar nicht mehr genug von den Protagonisten, die hier aufeinandertreffen wie in einer afrikanischen Telenovela.
Leider ist nach diesem dritten Band beim Carlse
Apr 25, 2010 Mza rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 17, 2014 Ben Winch rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2009 Nnedi rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2010 Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing
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
Alvaro Soffia
Sep 05, 2016 Alvaro Soffia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tercera entrega de las historias de Aya, una chica bien peculiar de Costa de Marfil. En esta oportunidad se plantea el conflicto de Felicite la niña que fue "comprada" a un pariente campesino y es reclamada por su padre, instigado por las malas lenguas que le dicen que se ha hecho rica. Por una parte revela un respeto por las tradiciones y apego al pueblo y la parentela de origen, aunque para un occidental resulte chocante la manera en que se dispone del destino de los hijos o mujeres. Los vejet ...more
Yoda Bor
Jan 06, 2016 Yoda Bor rated it it was amazing
C’est encore une fois à travers des éléments tout simple de la vie de tous les jours que ce troisième tome d’Aya de Yopougon nous amène découvrir la Côte d’Ivoire.

Mais cette fois, au delà des traditionnelles préoccupations des trois filles, l’homosexualité et la polygamie s’invitent aussi dans le débat.
Ce sont des thèmes qui se rajoutent aux nombreux déjà traités et c’est fait avec beaucoup de justesse, notamment à travers Albert et Innocent, qui ont deux visions radicalement différentes de leur
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.
Sep 14, 2013 Didi rated it really liked it
It's getting better and better. Unfortunately I have to wait until Thursday to get books 4, 5, and 6. The saga continues.....
Sep 02, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, african
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
Apr 07, 2013 Rhayna rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 13, 2012 Lucinda rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Apr 10, 2015 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, in-french
Aww I really loved this one. I liked the first two volumes but this totally topped them, it brings to light the gender issues that I think were always implicated here and makes them more explicit. It also has a sense of closure and looking at the translation it collects the first three books so that makes sense. I'll definitely be continuing on..
Jan 21, 2011 lesleymac rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2010 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
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)
Nov 25, 2014 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
You can read my thoughts here. (2.75/5)
Feb 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Counting as a comic originally published in a language different from my own for the Panels Read Harder challenge.
Mar 14, 2010 Wayne rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2016 Abel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La historia ya se enreda y las tramas se van uniendo, cruzando, logrando una historia muy entretenida
Koen Claeys
Oct 12, 2014 Koen Claeys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik gaf dit album bijna vijf sterren, zo goed dat deze reeks is.
May 09, 2016 Taneka rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Quite an interesting tale and I want more!
May 25, 2015 Hans rated it really liked it
Continuing to enjoy this slice-of-life series about life and love in the Ivory Coast in the 1970s.
They address the big issues here, huh
Aug 08, 2016 Vi rated it really liked it
Holy cow.
Wieder sehr lustig!
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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)

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