Book Review: Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey

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Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes AudreyMeeting the man of your dreams, falling in love and getting married. It sounds like every woman’s dream. But what if you suddenly found out that your husband self-identified as and wanted to become a woman? That’s exactly what happened to Connecticut-based reporter Alexandra Bogdanovic.As the daughter of music and television icons, Sonny and Cher, Chastity Bono grew up in the public eye. So it was shocking to people everywhere when she became Chaz. Her decision to “become” a man made headlines around the world, but Bono is not alone. Transgender men and women frequently appear on television talk shows and reality programs to share their stories. In doing so, they inevitably get the attention they seek; although it may not always be the kind of attention they want.While many come forth in an effort to promote tolerance, acceptance and understanding in mainstream society, their decision to live as – or in some cases have surgery to become – the opposite gender often sparks curiosity and visceral reactions born from ignorance.

Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey, a new book from author Alexandra Bogdanovic, tells the other side of the story. Part tragedy, part comedy, part love story, the book tells the story of the author’s real life experience of meeting a man, falling in love, getting married and finding out her husband wanted to become a woman. This book is the story of what happened after she learned the truth.

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Alexandra Bogdanovic was born in Bronxville, N.Y. and grew up in Greenwich, Conn. She knew she wanted to be a reporter at age 12, and received her first byline in the Greenwich Time when she was a high school freshman. By the time she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1987, she’d been covering high school sports for a daily newspaper for four years.
In 1991, Bogdanovic graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing. She officially began her journalism career as an editorial assistant at The Advocate in Stamford, Conn., soon after graduation.

She then decided to devote her efforts to community journalism in order to have a more direct and meaningful impact in the towns and villages where she worked. One of her greatest challenges while working in Rye was covering the mutual aid response and local reaction to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11.

The veteran reporter is now a freelance writer. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, chilling with her cat, Eli and watching and photographing high-goal polo.

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My Review:

As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I wanted to read it. I am interested in learning more about things like gender dysphoria. Gender Dysphoria is the scientific term for when you feel you are the wrong gender. You may be born one gender, but you feel and identify with another.

This book was told by the other side. The side we don’t hear about, the side that has their world turned completely upside down. Alexandra married who she thought was the man of her dreams. She envisioned children together, growing old together. Unfortunately that is not what happened.

My heart goes out to Alexandra. She went through something that no one can possibly understand unless it happens to them.

I wanted to love this book. However the content left me wanting more of some things and less of others. The author goes into great detail about the horse races that she covers for her newspaper job. At the end of the book she goes into great detail about laws and such for the transgender community.

Those I feel went on a bit too long. I wish there was more of the emotions she went through. How did she feel,how did she deal with Adam becoming Audrey?

This was suppose to be Alexandra’s side of the story… I just wish we saw more of her side in the book. 

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  1. Yes I think this would be a fascinating read x

  2. Hi Gina! I love how you have your post structured! Have you found that your readers respond better or prefer how you have this laid out with the information at the top and then go into the review? I really liked that!

    I too had pros and cons to this book. Overall, it was good, but it did leaving me wanting more as well!

  3. lynn buttedal says:

    I dont know if I can think of one really strange thing. We have been married 30 years so alot lol. Probably puts two different color socks on!

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