Review: Surpassing Certainty

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught MeSurpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an insightful look into the magazine writer’s world from the fresh young perspective of a black, Hawaiian, trans woman. The majority of the books includes her trials and tribulations as a twenty-something looking for love and romance, while navigating the pitfalls of racism, sexism, and when exactly to disclose your complete gender portrait.

In this memoir, there are several references to all the early-2000s hits in television, film, and music, from the perspective of a girl infatuated with celebrities and media. This piece takes a very different page from Janet’s book than her previous memoir, Redefining Realness, which was much more heavily focused on trans-ness, real-ness, and self-definition, preferring more to focus on her experience as a young adult to that latter degree: finding herself in her work, in her friendships, and in her love life.

It’s a pretty fun read, and if you have the time, you could probably easily go cover-to-cover in a single day. It’s a really riveting love story (kind of). As an aspiring magazine editor, it has a lot of good nuggets in there for the intellectual in me. Maybe there’s something in there for you too, only one way to find out!

I may do these reviews more often because it’s an easy way to add more content for myself in between creating content for other people and my other blogs. (Yes, there are more.)

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