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Aya by Marguerite Abouet
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Jun 27, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel, read-in-2008, grown-up-books
Read in August, 2008

Marguertie Abouet wanted to show a side of Africa that is rarely seen in the West: real people doing real things and not just hunger, war, and poverty. She succeeds with her graphic novel, AYA. AYA tells the story of the title character and her two friends who live in Yopougon, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The story gives us a peek into the lives of these three young women--two are silly and flirty, just wanting to land a husband who will pay for a beauty shop, and Aya, a girl who has real aspirations--to be a doctor. Set in the 1970's, a prosperous time for Ivory Coast, live is mostly carefree and the girls have big dreams.

Great, great graphic novel that truly shows a side of Africa that is almost never seen--regular, real life. The illustrations by Clement Oubrerie are fabulous and do a great job of depicting the lifestyles of these girls. I can't wait to read the next one!

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