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Aya of Yop City

(Aya #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,745 ratings  ·  181 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 dyn
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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
May 07, 2014 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 instructio ...more
leynes
For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early 1970s, a golden time - work is plentiful, hospitals are clean and well equipped, and school is obligatory. The Ivory Coast is as an island of relative wealth and stability in West Africa. For the teenagers of the town, though, worries are plentiful, and life in Yop City is far from simple.

Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and her carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and
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Bookishrealm
Update! Here's my full review: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/20...

That ending !! I'm already reading the 3rd book it was so freaking good!
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Sam Quixote
Dec 31, 2011 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
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David Schaafsma
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-ya
Ivory Coast, slice of life stories, and you get the feel of the place in the seventies... the pull to Europe and the US, the pull to maintain some cultural integrity, but this is not a big ambitious political book. It is an attractively drawn and entertaining view of this country in transition, with a focus on Aya and her mostly girl friends....
Michael
Feb 20, 2013 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.
2TReads
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The proverbs, the drama: familial, romantic and platonic; the social imagery and ills; the expectations; the misuse of power to abuse and manipulate, made me feel as if I was reading a literary novel, not a graphic novel.

READ IT. READ IT.
Kayt O'Bibliophile
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is just a soap opera, or maybe a sitcom: ordinary people going about life, dealing with other people, secrets, parenthood, and general life. And despite the Aya of the title, we spend a lot of time with others: her friends and their lovers, her father's boss, the boss's son, people in the neighborhood.

And like soap opera/sitcom characters, they're not particularly likable, but that's not the point. They have a realistic feel to them, like I could read a friend on Facebook ranting about how
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Zizeloni
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great inspiration into everyday life of Ivory Coast. I wish I had read the first one too, I didn't know it is a series...

I will read the rest for sure, it is so good to learn about countries you don't usually see in books or movies.

It is very well written, has many characters with different stories, different situations. It also includes a recipe and other cool stuff at the end.
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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
Amy Layton
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
So incredible!  I read this the same night as I read Aya--it has the perfect pace, and the illustrations and narrative go together so incredibly well.  Each page has you guessing what will happen next, especially as you are privy to much more information than the characters.  

As Aya and her friends discover new challenges along the way, they struggle to understand them and overcome them.  What to do about declining beer sales?  Or their children's fathers?  Or even their own fathers?  This tome
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תניה
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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Elie
Oct 01, 2008 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.
Alisa
Jan 20, 2009 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).
Blair
Mar 06, 2017 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.
Danika at The Lesbrary
Apr 25, 2015 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.
Laura
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Really good. Colors and art style fit the flowy-ness of the dialogue and interactions. Good stuff!
Angie
Apr 12, 2014 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
Margaret
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aoc, graphic-novel
Well, I accidentally started with book 2 instead of book 1. That may be why the narratives seemed so disjointed. There also wasn't a single completed plot. I liked the main three women, but it just isn't one for me.
Megan
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Aya set in 1970s Ivory Coast and is the continued adventures of Aya along with her friends and family.

I highly recommend reading this series and I'm enjoying reading about a culture I don't know a lot about but find interesting.

Looking forward to reading more about Aya and her friends!
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
First published at: http://www.meexia.com/bookie/2016/10/...

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
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SmartBitches
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
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Javier Alaniz
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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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Nathaniel
Sep 29, 2008 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
Lucinda
Mar 06, 2012 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
Gina
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Michael
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
The sequel to last year's Aya, Abouet's not reinventing anything. The story continues to revolve around three teenage girls living in the Ivory Coast circa the late 70s. It's a fun book, with breezy dialogue and complicated emotions and interactions. Oubrerie's artwork is difficult, as the girls are often hard to distinguish, but Abouet clues you in with enough dialogue cues to prevent the story from getting bogged down too often. What I liked least about this book is that it doesn't end - Aboue ...more
Rachel
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Nicole
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the general flavour of this book: content, illustration, the difficult to describe feeling of 'place'; and all the extras at the back of it made it even more special: glossary, recipe, African baby wrapping technique (pictured on the cover), a mini cultural lesson about African attitudes towards postpartum mother and baby care and childrearing, interview with Abouet.

I got confused in buying the issues (there are so many with very similar names: Aya, Aya of Yop City, Aya de Yopougon (frenc
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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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