Title: Aya of Yop City
Author: Marguerite Abouet and Clement Ouberie
Genre: Graphic Novel, YA
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school's library
Challenges: Graphic Novel Challenge (#8)
Summary: (from the back of the book): 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. The young women aren't the only residents of Yopougon involved in the excitement, however; Aya's father is caught in the midst of his own trysts and his employer's declining Solibra beer sales, and Adjoua's brother find his share of the city's nightlife.
Review: This is a fun follow-up to Aya. We get to know more about the characters and the culture of the Ivory Coast. At the end of the book there is a section on Ivorian culture, just like the first book had. This volume has a glossary of Ivorian terms, a chicken recipe, how to carry one's baby on your back (including diagrams), and an interview with the author.
As with the first book, Aya, this book ends with a cliff hanger, ensuring that I will purchase the third installment (Aya: The Secrets Come Out) for my school's library.