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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Not Yet A Woman by W. C. Child is the story of a woman who has been fighting to find happiness all her life while finding herself and realizing that all she needed to be happy was to believe in herself. Eva’s life has been like a cracked wall, barely holding up while all it wants to do is fall down. Being a person of color has been a challenge, yet she never thought it would be this difficult to find a place for herself where she could be who she wanted to be. She just wanted happiness, a place where she could belong and experience what it meant to be happy. When her father passed away, she and her mother drifted apart and that became the point where she lost herself. From there on, it was Eva’s battle to hold on to a mother who was slowly drifting away and trying to find a reason, any reason that she was worthy of happiness too.
This is one of those novels that is worth your extra time and devotion. I loved to read about Eva because I could see traces of myself in her. She was fighting a battle with herself, trying to find an anchor that would keep her rooted and looking for anything that would make her feel she belonged. I could relate to her in so many ways, which made it easier for me to feel her confusion, her pain and her every single emotion. Her progress was monumental, but it took some time. She fought hard to find a place where she felt most comfortable, whether it was in the city or at Big Mama’s place. She was becoming a creature of habit, but she was just trying to deal with the cards she was handed. It gave me a lot of think about myself, how we try to fit ourselves into a box and try to belong where we have no business to be. Eva is a strong, determined person who fought hard to become the woman she was at the end of this novel. Needless to say, this novel will have a big place in my heart forever.