Aya and Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

Aya1894937902.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_Yop1897299419.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_ Aya and Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

Illustrated by Clement Obrerie

Drawn and Quarterly, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A lovely pair of graphic novels, beautifully illustrated and fun to read.  A great choice if you haven’t read a graphic novel before.

These are light-hearted stories of Aya, her relatives and her two friends living in a working class neighborhood called Yop City, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, during the mid 1970’s., a time when the country was prosperous and politically stable.

Aya is studious, a hard worker,  and hopes to finish her schooling and become a doctor.  Her best friends are more interested in dancing and boyfriends and her father is a district  manager who ends up traveling for his job.  These relationships lead to some plot twists which the girls handle gracefully, despite their differences.    The art work is wonderful, capturing the atmosphere of the city and its people.  And Abouet adds some interesting notes in the back of each book including a glossary, recipes and instructions for tying a pagne, the brightly colored cloth African women wear around their hips or their head.  There is also an interview with the author included in Aya of Yop City.  Enjoy these wonderful books!

Other Reviews:

The Book Nest

The Boston Bibliophile

kiss a cloud


Filed under Graphic Novel Challenge, Graphic Novels, Review

7 responses to “Aya and Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

  1. Gavin,
    Love your review. No need for me to review it. I’ve listed both volumes on our wish list. I only read volume 1. I’m checking with my library for volume 2. Loved the first book.

  2. That’s awfully lazy of me. I should say why I like it. I’ll write something and also link to you.

  3. I’ve seen so many great reviews of this lately!! I really need to check them out..they sound right up my alley!

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