by Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué
While reading this monograph, one could not help but be taken back to relive experiences as a young woman living in different communities across South Africa. From the outset, the author stirs up memories of adolescent questions and confusions around whether one had free will, through which one made decisions and choices that seemed, almost always, to backfire.
The “magnifying glass” revealed contradictions, illusions, and double standards in my adolescent existence, while the “fine-tooth comb” exposed confusion, denial, and sweeping dirt under the carpet, to the detriment of an adolescent girl and young woman trying to find her way in life. It is hard not to personalise the review of this monograph because it articulates, in too familiar terms, the lived realities of an adolescent girl transitioning into adulthood, particularly in Southern Africa.
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