This past week has been one of my most trying. Juggling media, obligations to loved ones and self, an intense travel schedule as well as public scrutiny has been much to handle. It’s frankly been trying. Yet through the intensity, you have been there for me in ways that I could not have predicted, and this is a lot coming from a girl who often felt alone, who often expected the worst, who often didn’t have many to count on.
You have tweeted me messages of affirmation, you have shared beautiful selfies with my book, you have quoted Redefining Realness passages that spoke to you, you have launched #TeamJanet and #IStandWithJanet tweets that showed me I was not alone in front of that camera, you have held me up when I felt the load was too heavy.
Your affirmation and support was the fuel I needed to continue forward, and your love is what made a dream of mine come true: Yesterday evening I got a call from my dear editor Sarah Branham that my book baby, the story I should’ve been able to read growing up, is a New York Times Bestseller!
You helped make this happen, and I’d like to use this space to display this empowering mosaic of love, affirmation and support. Redefining Realness is my baby but it took a village to raise it to reach this summit. It was a collective effort, and you gave it life!
FAB IMAGES FROM SIGNINGS
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 4, 2014
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 5, 2014
— Vivienne Chen (@ViviennexChen) February 7, 2014
— Moisés Villada (@moisesvillada) February 11, 2014
LOOK WHO’S READING REDEFINING REALNESS
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 10, 2014
— Trudy (@thetrudz) February 7, 2014
— Lourdes Hunter (@HunterLourdes) February 13, 2014
— FireBreathingTGirl (@FireBreathingTG) February 13, 2014
TWEETS OF AFFIRMATION
Dearest @JanetMock I am so proud of you in this moment.
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) February 6, 2014
— Julia More (@juliammore) February 6, 2014
— Shelby Goodwin (@ShelbyGoodwin) February 6, 2014
#IStandWithJanet because she stands for us!!
— Che G. (@chegossett) February 6, 2014
#istandwithjanet because WE are the ones to listen to about our lives; not str8 cis men. because our stories are more than our transitions.
— Jess St. Louis (@stlouis_j) February 5, 2014
— Jess Livoti-Morales (@JessLivMo) February 10, 2014
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 11, 2014
It’s an extraordinarily emotional tale, raw and honest, but at the same time polished and profound.
–Sally’s Amazon review
Janet’s unflinching account of her life in her own words is beautiful, fierce, and gives background on the advocate you see on TV.
monster’s Amazon review
It is nothing less than a glimpse into twenty-first century American life, as told through the eyes of a trans* Black Hawaiian girl coming of age and discovering herself.
–Y. Carrington’s Amazon review
Mock also complicates the traditional trans narrative by politicizing experiences and processes at strategic points along the way, and sometimes doing so in new ways.
–Vivian’s Goodreads review
Janet Mock sweetly lulls and fiercely incites. She shares her family relationships, navigation of gender, a specific generation-X and millennial cusp experience of Hawaiian and U.S. history, as well as the statistically often untold and violently obscured and suppressed story of girlhood for a young trans* girl of color.
–Barnes & Noble review
Janet is telling the story of many who have taken the journey to wholeness. This book is the culmination of introspection, but is not grandiose or self-serving in its delivery.
–billybums’s iBooks review
READING WHILE TWEETING
5 chapters into #RedefiningRealness and I can’t set it down. Janet Mock opens the door for trans youth to begin accepting their stories.
— james gowin (@jamesy_boyy) February 5, 2014
@janetmock I am a cis-identifying queer man, but reading your book brought up so many memories I’ve repressed from my own childhood. THANK U
— John Russell Stanger (@pluckypresby) February 13, 2014
— Abby Jensen (@Arizona_Abby) February 12, 2014
— Chris (@cdstallworth) February 12, 2014
— Ethan D.A. (@ethan_deeay) February 11, 2014
Just a few pages into #RedefiningRealness, already feels like a classic and I just wish I had it 10 years ago, 20 years ago. Brava, Janet.
— Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) February 11, 2014
I love how @janetmock is challenging & expanding the idea of memoir; not navel gazing, but telling a story that’s a slice of bigger reality
— Audacia Ray (@audaciaray) February 10, 2014
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) February 4, 2014