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Posted March 7, 2012
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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Posted March 7, 2012
Breakfast or Suicide?
The book The Shipping Mistake was an overall good book. A man named Fraser knew something was different about himself at the age of 5 but couldn’t really rap his finger around it. Throughout the book we see Fraser suddenly transform into Natasha. This process is not only difficult but some of his friends and family did not accept him as a woman.
The major message of this book was to show people to never give up until they are the person they want to be. It took a great deal of steps for Fraser to become Natasha like having several surgery's, dressing like a woman in public places, getting wigs and taking lots of hormones in order to become a woman. Even though it took a heap of money and time he is finally the person he wants to be which is Natasha. I liked how the book was an easy read but it still had so much information about his/her life. The author included a lot of emails from Fraser to all his co-workers about his transformation to Natasha which made me stay engaged in the text. At the end of the book Natasha Anne Mocke included entries of her own personal diary which was a very cool finish. I did not like some of the word choice in the book. There were some shocking and gross descriptions of her surgery and injections she was getting that I did not enjoy. People should read this book because not enough of the world knows about the transgender group. People who are transgender get bullied and made fun of all their life. 47% of the Transgender population in the United States try to commit suicide.
Overall, I would give this book four stars because of the interesting story and how much you learn from Natasha Anna Mocke's story. The book is an easy read but includes tons of information about his life from Fraser to Natasha.
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