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.
It amazes me everytime I take hold of a book where the author does not only narrate her characters’ story but shares the details of her own life through his or her chosen character/s. This is the reason why the book “Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey” caught my attention. This book by Alexandra Bogdanovic is all about the truth and reality. Nothing is concealed in this book. The author was brave enough to write about her life journey and share her story to everyone. She was shocked when she found out about her ex-husband’s secret but despite all that she’ve been through, she was still able to come up with a beautiful and interesting book. I must say, her experiences made her create a novel that is definitely worth-reading.
As mentioned in the synopsis above, the book is about Alexandra and her ex-husband. She narrated how everything started between the two of them. She shared about their first few days together and the other happy days they shared which eventually led to their marriage. Then, the story becomes more intense as she was struggling to start all over again. She needed to be strong after what happened to her relationship with the husband. Her marriage ended but she was able to survive it. It was a struggle but she made it.
I love this book because it portrays a strong woman who does not easily give up after all the things that she’ve been through. The author did a good job in sharing her story in an honest way. She teaches every reader that life goes on even after the major failures and heartbreaks people experience. I highly recommend this book for all the women out there. Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey is an interesting book that will make you want to spend sleepless nights just to finish it. It will show all the readers of their worth as women. Most importantly, this book will help readers to move on from a loss and start a new life they deserve.
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.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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