Ivory Coast, 1978. Family and friends gather at Aya's house every evening to watch the country's first television ad campaign promoting the fortifying effects of Solibra, "the strong man's ...more
There's a comment by the author where she wants to show Africa without the war and suffering. To be honest, I can't help but think (and worry) about the characters' fates in the troubles that would be coming down the pipe in Ivory Coast in a few years.
This book is for the doubters. If you want ...more
It focuses on Aya and her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou, as they live their lives in "Yo ...more
"Ivory Coast, 1978. Family and friends gather at Aya's house every evening to watch the country's first television ad campaign promoting the fortifying effects of Solibra, "the strong man's beer." It's a golden time, and the nation, too--an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa--seems fueled by something wondrous. Who's to know that the Ivorian miracle is nearing its end? In the sun-warmed streets of ...more
In the sun-warmed streets of working-class Yopougon, aka Yop ...more
The story revolves around Aya, 19 years old ambitious girl, whose dream is to be a doctor, and her friends Adjoua & Bintou, who are more interested in boys than anything else. It's an introduction to a series about the three friends. This is an attempt by the author to show the other side of Africa, or more specifically Ivory Coast, other than war & the sort. The main point is that, like in other place in the world, parents still want their daughter to marry "money" and not to be so am...more
Very enjoyable, but very slight. The girls in J&C all gushed over the artwork, especially the coloring, which is apparently quite advanced. (I don't know much about that, but I did think it looked great.)
Sort of a simple quick teenage soap opera, but great characters and excellent subtle reinforcement of the sense of time (late '70s) and place (Ivory Coast). I definitely enjoyed it, but we should have waited another month or so to read it until the deluxe pb edition of all ...more
This book is an african book wrote byMarguerite Abouet.
This book is about many girls. They are friends. They're Bintou , Aya , Adjoua , and they're parents.
I recomend this book ,because it is funny and people who like humoristic book would love this book .
As a studious young woman determined to become a doctor, Aya is neither interested in this match nor in the cousin of one of her closest friends. As such, much of the novel is devoted to the antics of Aya's two closest friends, Adjoua and Bintou, ...more
This graphic novel is set in the urban Ivory Coast in the 1970s, following the (mis)adventures of three teenage girls from working-class families. Aya, our protagonist, is the responsible, studious one, with the result that she's often sidelined in favor of her more hedonistic friends.
The book's marketing is a little odd. Yes, it's ...more
I'm wondering if the author's purpose in focusing on Aya's friends is to show how much she deviates from the "proper" role of a young woman. She discourages ...more
The story follows fairly typical young adult concerns on working towards their futures or partying on in the moment and ...more
I love, love, LOVE the spirit and the vitality of the book. The pictures are absolutely stunning, the image presented of Ivory Coast is one of positivity and fun and the feel and the mood of the book is exactly what I remember from a brief time I spent in West Africa. The locations, the people, their problems and their solutions, their successes and th ...more
I really loved this comic. Even though the story takes place in the Ivory Coast in the 70s and there are lots of obvious differences, it feels familiar and it reminds me of my childhood in The Bahamas in the 90s. There's something, I suppose, to be said about the global links of black culture. I especially loved the illustrations, which were the perfect match for the story. All the little extras in the back with the glossary of local terms and recipes and so on were a lovely addition. This was ...more
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