Pride Over Pity: Book Review

If any of y’all know me in real life, one of my favorite shows is Teen Mom. I feel like I have seen these women and their children grow up over the years. Of course when you watch all the shows and follow their social media, its easy to think that you know them and you know what their stories are. If you keep up with any of the Teen Moms, you’ve probably heard of Kailyn’s drama in her marriage. Up until this season, I sided with her. How could you not? She worked herself up from nothing, is about to graduate college and she is a fellow milso (military significant other) since Javi is in the air force. With the news of her divorce and possibly cheating on Javi, I wanted to know more about her story. On social media Kailyn says that we don’t know her story and that we only see what MTV wants us to see. Well, what better way to see her side of the story than to read her book?

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Kailyn Lowry actually has two books (and an adult coloring book) out right now. I ordered the first one, Pride Over Pity, from Amazon because I figured if I liked it I can always order Hustle. If I hated it, I’m only out $9.

Kailyn Lowry is the fiesty, unapologetic, tattooed beauty whose determination to raise her son on her own terms has been documented on MTV’s critically acclaimed, hit series Teen Mom 2. Across five season, fans have watched her grow from a vulnerable, pregnant teen into a fiercely independent young mother. Through the break up with the father of her child and the ensuing custody battles, her struggle to come to terms with her troubled childhood, her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, and relentless online bullying, Kailyn has faced it all with her head held high and her spirit in tact.

But there is more to her story than what has been seen on television…

In a moving effort to finally put the past behind her, Kailyn shares her troubled, often painful story and, for the first time, reveals the dark secrets she has so closely guarded.

Thank god I only ordered the first book. I received it on a Saturday morning and ended up kicking Jeremy out of the house so I could read it in silence. I ended up reading it in one day. Not because it was so good I couldn’t put it down but because it was a combination of a short story written with very large font to make the book appear longer than it really is and that it was such a train wreck happening I couldn’t look away. What respect I had for her quickly went out the window.

Her entire book is nothing but complaining about everyone in her life, blaming others for her problems, and talking about how hard her life was while blowing things out of proportion. I didn’t know it but before she was pregnant with Isaac, she was pregnant before and had an abortion. I have no problem with the abortion. I am prochoice but what I have an issue with is how she claims that her mom talked her into saying the guy raped her because he said he would where a condom and didn’t. She didn’t start saying it was rape until weeks after it happened. Until then she said it was consensual sex until her mom talked her into saying it was rape so the guy’s family would pay for the abortion. Later in the book she claims that she was homeless for a bit when in fact she had to spend two nights in a homeless shelter to qualify for help with housing. She was dropped off right before lights out and left as soon as she could in the morning. She also brags about she wouldn’t even use the bathroom there because it was too gross. In the mornings she would go back to Joe’s house to shower for work and school. How is that being homeless?

She doesn’t have anything nice to say about any one. Everything is a back handed compliment or a feel out complaint. Even the people she supposedly loved. People tried to help her and she would just blow up at them when she didn’t get her way. I thought I had felt anger with The Handmaid’s Tale but I felt angry, hurt and deceived by Kailyn. I thought I knew who she was and then I saw her true colors in her book. I want to read more of the Teen Mom books to see if they are different than the idea I have of them but I am going to hold off for a little bit. I have so many book suggestions that I have gotten from y’all. I appreciate all the suggestions. Please keep them coming!!!


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