The original French albums were published by Gallimard between and Aya of Yop City is the second of three books in the Abouet's Aya series, each based on the same characters. It has been adapted into an animated film in by the same authors. Marguerite Abouet was working as a legal assistant in Paris when she conceived the idea of Aya of Yop City. Frustrated with the limitations of the young adult fiction market, Abouet set out to do something different.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The original cast of characters is back in full force, with a case of questionable paternity fanning the flames of activity in the community.
The new mother Adjoua has her friends to help with the baby, perhaps employing Aya a bit too frequently, while a new romance leaves Bintou with little time for her friends, let alone their responsibilities. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
Published September 16th by Drawn and Quarterly first published September 28th More Details Original Title. Abidjan Cote D'ivoire. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Aya of Yop City , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Aya of Yop City Aya 2.
May 07, Leslie Reese 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!
In the interview Abouet talks about having been raised in Abidjan until the age of 12, when she and her brother were sent to study in France. For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early s, 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 For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. 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 Bintou. Navigating meddling relatives and neighbours, the girls spend a last summer of their childhood on the sun-warmed streets of Yop City - sneaking out for dancing at open-air bars, strong solibra beer, chicken in peanut sauce and avoiding at all costs the scandal pages of the Calamity Morning.
The second instalment in the Aya series is just as fun and whimsical as the first one. I could very well envision this story as a soap opera or sitcom. Marguerite Abouet doesn't raise the claim to write a serious or sharp story, instead, Abouet gives Western readers insight into the Ivory Coast of her childhood. With regard to Africa, the media fail in this mission.
First-hand accounts are always much more valuable when it comes to the atmosphere and way of living in a country, than warped perceptions by the Western media. Nonetheless, I sometimes wish that Abouet would've gone more in-depth about life in the Ivory Coast. A lot of the plot devices in Aya keep repeating themselves husbands cheating on their wives, husbands not wanting to take responsibility for their children, young girls trying to break out and have first relationships , I crave for something new.
Nov 17, Bookishrealm rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , graphic-novels , books-read-in , black-books. That ending!! I'm already reading the 3rd book it was so freaking good! Dec 31, Sam Quixote 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 I read the first Aya book after several years of avoiding comics and really enjoyed it. Aya is an independent woman who isn't throwing her life away too early by becoming a single mother and then abandoning hope of a career or a life outside of Yop City. Commendable but then she doesn't really do much else but observe her friends and family doing the opposite.
Her friend is pregnant - but who's the father? Her dad's having an affair! And that's about it. Some romantic misunderstandings and it feels very much like a comic book version of your average soap - slight, brainless, and ultimately a waste of time. I wanted to like this series but having discovered a wealth of comic books available that offer far more substantial content, I've found that "Aya of Yop City" isn't one of them.
Dec 19, David Schaafsma 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 It is an attractively drawn and entertaining view of this country in transition, with a focus on Aya and her mostly girl friends 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. Feb 21, 2TReads 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. May 06, Kayt O'Bibliophile 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. They have a realistic feel to them, like I could read a friend on Facebook ranting about how This is just a soap opera, or maybe a sitcom: ordinary people going about life, dealing with other people, secrets, parenthood, and general life.
They have a realistic feel to them, like I could read a friend on Facebook ranting about how they're getting ghosted, or discovered this secret, or how the local ladies' man is annoying.
It's a setting both the country and western Africa as a whole that doesn't get featured much in American leisure media, especially following citizens through daily life. Apr 08, Zizeloni 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. May 25, Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship rated it liked it Shelves: africa , read-in-translation , 3-stars , ivory-coast , graphic-novels. 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.
Acting like the event I enjoyed this second volume in the series: the story is engaging, the artwork vibrant, and the characters distinct. Acting like the events of this series comprise the brightest and most hopeful story ever told about Africa misstates the contents of the books and isn't a very positive statement about Africa either. Rounding down to three stars for the abrupt ending; fortunately, you're most likely to read this volume as part of an omnibus, as I did, so you can move right along to the third in the series.
Mar 30, Amy Layton rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novels. So incredible! 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 So incredible! This tome is sure to keep you on your toes and eager to learn even more about Aya's world.
Aya of Yop City
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Aya: Life in Yop City
Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education , an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms. It is also an exploration of class and gender politics of s Abidjan. The reader is a passive observer of the actions as they unfold, the subplot stories of the various characters are told through limited narrative full of slang and Ivorian references along with bright colorful images, giving the story a very real and local feel.
It was released on 17 July in France. The story revolves around the lives of year-old Aya and her friends and family. Aya's mother, Fanta, is the most trusted healer in the neighborhood. Aya's father Ignace is a salesman for the crumbling Solibra Brewery, owned by the magnate Bonaventure Sissoko. Aya is a studious young woman with dreams of studying medicine, but is opposed by her father, who wants her to get married and start a family. In contrast, Aya's best friends Bintou and Adjoua flirt with boys, party, and dream of opening beauty salons. Everything changes when Adjoua gets pregnant during one of her flings.
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