Presently, I can’t sleep…


I’ve finished another semester. Passed all my courses with satisfying grades. Yay! I took two English Literature courses that had a lot of reading material, some which I didn’t finish. Aya: Life in Yop City was one of them. So I’ve decided to finish reading the unfinished reading material before I start on my collection of untouched chronicles.


A few days ago, I was going through my pile of books when I discovered that I have some half-finished novels untouched since high school. I felt sad about it to be honest, especially because a few of them were birthday gifts (I’m sorry). So one of my new year’s resolutions is to finish reading those before reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I’ve finished reading Aya: Love in Yop City, the second part of the Aya series. I like the ending. I like the fact that a certain character gets to prove his father wrong. I adore the idea of the town player discovering what it means to love someone else. Like I elaborated in my previous post, I recommend this series because it is a funny, beautifully illustrated graphic novel with references to serious societal themes. I suggest reading Aya after a long day of classes or work…

droopy eyelids, a series of yawns…




Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie

Volume 1 & 2 of Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie.
Volume 1 & 2 of Aya

After reading numerous manga series and a few comic books till now, I already have certain in-built expectations about these forms of visual storytelling regarding structure and style. However, Aya: Life in Yop City almost breaks down those expectations.

This graphic novel is a breath of fresh air.

The graphic novel is about everyday life in Yop City. A “splice-of life”, you could say, that mostly centers on the ambitious character Aya and her friends, Bintou and Adjoua. On the surface it may seem like a soap opera that revolves on relationships, money, and infidelity but it implicitly presents the themes of feminism, gender-based expectations, homosexuality, and much more.

The artist, Clément Oubrerie, has a unique style that challenges my expectations of published illustrations. I’ve internalized that the final drawing should consist of finely inked lines and wondrous, eye-appealing, details. However, the artist of Aya, has re-opened my eyes to the fact that illustration falls on a spectrum ranging from the finely detailed to stick figures (I guess). In Aya: Life in Yop City, it looks like beautiful colored sketches outlined with ink. I absolutely adore it!

This graphic novel has an easy-going, comical nature. I recommend reading it after a hard day, if you are feeling down, or  you are in the mood for a funny book. Time to read Aya: Love in Yop City.

Merry Christmas to you all!

May you all have a wonderful holiday!