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Aya: The Secrets Come Out by Marguerite Abouet

The Secrets Come Out - Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie

This is a fun series and a consistent one - once you've read the first book (and you really do need to read them in order), you know what you're getting. The more time I spent with Aya and her family and friends, the more involved in their lives I felt: this is a fun story that draws you in, with a quick pace, believable characters and colorful, evocative artwork that really brings to life the Ivory Coast of the 1970s. Abouet deals with some heavy topics, like patriarchy and sexual mores, in a story that's fun rather than dour; however, it still seems to me that if (as the marketing seems to claim) these books represent the Ivory Coast (let alone all of Africa) at its best, that country has a long way to go.


At any rate, I'm definitely enjoying this series; the third book has a solid conclusion, but I look forward to reading the following volumes.