• tajfregene

Aya - Life in Yop City

Updated: Apr 9, 2019


Cover of Aya Life in Yop City
Aya. Life in Yop City

All the books I've read in 2019


6. Aya. Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie


Did I finish it or abandon it? I FINISHED IT

Would I recommend it? YES


My novel, All of our Tomorrows, is partly set in the Ivory Coast. One of my characters is called Aya, so when I walked into my local library a few weeks ago and saw this book on display, I knew that I had to read it.


Aya: Life in Yop City is a graphic novel about the life of the eponymous Aya, a nineteen-year-old woman living in Yopougon (or Yop City), a suburb on Abidjan in 1980.



This is only the second graphic novel that I have ever read (The Watchmen was the other one), and I have to say that it is great. I love stories that teach me things and I learned loads from this one. I learned about the family dynamics, the language, the food, the clothing, it was great.


Only after finishing it, did I realise that this is actually book four of a six book series, but it's testament to the storytelling that this didn't actually impinge on my enjoyment of the book. I loved following the lives, loves and dramas of Aya and her friends and family.


I imagine that this series may be hard to get hold of, but if you have a chance to read a copy, I fully recommend that you do so.


Cover of Aya -  Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
Aya - Life in Yop City