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  puchrojo | Nov 27, 2013 |
An enjoyable graphic novel that follows Aya, a teen in Ivory Coast, and her friends. It has an initial light feel that becomes more grim, as well as less-overt representation of problematic societal themes, such as corruption and the commodification of women. The teens are realistically portrayed, the action moves alone, and the graphics are colorful and have a lot of motion. I tend to prefer graphic novels that have the same author/illustrator, but this was a pleasing example of a collaboration. I'd like to read the others in this series as well. ( )
1 vote OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
It’s 1978 in Abidijan, the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, a city known at that time as the “Paris of West Africa.” Eluding what they feel are their overprotective families three teenage girls scheme to get to the open air disco and meet some boys. But their romantic (and comedic) romp produces some unexpected results for all involved. ( )
  MaowangVater | Mar 18, 2013 |
Aya by Marguerite Abouet is a simple, non-political story of young girls living in the Ivory Coast of the late 1970’s. This was a time of relative prosperity and peace, and the story reflects the carefree and simple life as we follow the three main characters and their families who live in the working class neighbourhood of “Yop City”. These three girls are long time friends and now, at age nineteen they stand on the brink of womanhood and can see their lives changing. Aya, wants to make a difference and become a doctor. She studies hard and tries to avoid the complication of having a boyfriend. Her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou know they are at the peak of their beauty and are interested in dancing, having a good time and, most of all boys.

This isn’t a book about war-torn, strife ridden Africa but rather, the author appears to be stressing the similarity of these teen’s live with teens around the world. The author introduces various characters, from studious Aya, her easy-going friends, their interfering families, and the various boys that come and go in their lives. Written in a slightly sardonic, humorous manner Aya is a refreshing look at the private lives of working class Africans.

The author uses lively, slang filled writing which is accompanied by the bright and colourful drawings of Clement Oubrerie, and the two merge to present a joyous and energetic look at this corner of Africa in the 1970’s. ( )
2 vote DeltaQueen50 | Oct 4, 2012 |
Set in the Ivory Coast in the good times of the 70s this is a tale of teenage years with differing dreams (rich wife or doctor), youthful lust and fears all rubbing against a clash of class of modern culture and traditions all set in the rich, evocative and, to me fascinating unfamiliar place. The art is as delightful as the characters, the historical period interesting (a great intro sets the historic scene if you are not aware) and I really want to see where Aya's life takes her and thank Kerry for the recommendation!

Recommended to comics fans, lovers of coming of age tales and anyone interested in Africa ( )
  clfisha | Apr 16, 2012 |
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Aya tells the story of the studious and clear-sighted young woman, her easy-going friends Adjuoa and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors in the golden time of the Ivory Coast in 1978.

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