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Posted March 7, 2012
From Fraser to Natasha The Shipping Mistake is a touching story
From Fraser to Natasha
The Shipping Mistake is a touching story about a life altering situation. Fraser Mocke transforms into a woman with the name of Natasha Mocke. Fraser lived with his family in Cape Town, South Africa and worked for Microsoft. He knew at a very young age that he was different and did not decide to do something about it until he was much older. Like many transexuals Fraser came to a point in his life where he either needed to switch who he was or kill the false body he was living in. He felt that he was lying to everyone his whole life and needed to release the truth, which is what he did to his family and his job. This book was a good, fairly long read that contained a lot of emotion and facts. I really liked how Natasha explained her feelings towards different situations in the book and also included pictures to go along with her experiences. I did not like the very relaxed writing style and the smily faces incorporated in the middle of sentences. I also did not like how the sequence of events was out of order and was somewhat hard to follow. I would definitely recommend this book because it is one of the few choices out there about a transexual story that can be relatable and informative. It provided good explanations and knowledge that could really help with gender awareness in all parts of the world. A major theme in this book would be perseverance and determination. Fraser would stop at nothing to become who he was inside and Natasha did a great job of showing that through her writing. Even though it was tough and brought constant struggles he saw his goal through to the end. Another book I would recommend would be The Boy Who Dared even though it had nothing to do about transgender. It has a simple writing style and a very grasping topic. The Shipping Mistake deserves 3 stars for the interesting plot and somewhat disorganized events.
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