Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mike versus Michelle by Sharon Parsons

Fiction is often stranger than fiction.

"Mike versus Michelle," by Sharron Parsons is a novel about a young crossdressing boy whose "en femme" proclivities are accidentally discovered by his mom. As it turns out, this lad's basic motivation for yearning to wear female attire is more a function of fetishistic behavior than it is transsexually-based. It won't give anything away to mention that this youngster also has a peck of emotional issues he is dealing with, not the least of which is an Oedipal-like attraction to his lovely mom.

Mike's need to crossdress and smoke Virginia Slims is purely to copy his mom for the sexual pleasure he derives from these activities. However, the gender variant behavior he is exhibiting is totally misconstrued by Mike’s mother. With her larger-than-life, enabling and probably narcissistic personality, she guides him down the "rabbit hole" where he makes life-changing decisions that are essentially self-destructive. Eventually, after several years of inner turmoil, Mike finally comes to terms with who he has become.

The downside of this book is that at times it seems so far-fetched, one wonders if actually it could be based upon a true story. Or perhaps, it is merely the figment of the mind of a good writer who is just only somewhat knowledgeable about the MTF transition process? Mike receives breast augmentation at age 15? I wonder about this. However, this novel also contains portions that carry such a ring of absolute truth that I found extremely intriguing. Though having to suspend disbelief a bit, this book is both a memorable and entertaining experience.

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