Thursday, 24 April 2014

***REVIEW*** Pride over Pity by Kailyn Lowry

Kailyn Lowry is the feisty, 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 seasons, fans have watched her grow from a vulnerable, pregnant teen into a fiercely independent young mother. Through the breakup 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 intact.

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. Guided by the single principle of helping other young girls like her, she takes the reader behind the scenes, writing candidly about her desperate stay at a homeless shelter to qualify for a program that would provide a safe home for her son, breaking her silence on the question of her sexuality, and sharing the traumatic sexual experiences that have left her deeply scarred.

"Pride Over Pity" is a raw, brutally honest, and ultimately inspiring account of a young woman s resolve not only to survive but to succeed."


I grabbed this book as soon as I noticed it was available on Kindle. I have to admit first off, I am a huge Teen Mom 2 fan and love all the girls. I was really looking forward to reading this.
It didn't take me long to read, a couple of hours this morning really. I think it's around 180 pages or so on kindle.

I didn't know what to expect from this book, I kind of thought I'd pretty much be reading the stuff I've already seen on Teen Mom. I was wrong. This book takes us so deep into Kailyn's life, and speaks so many stories we've never heard before. 

We learn a lot about Kailyn's sexual experiences, and a lot aren't good memories for her. She speaks of the first time she had sex, a bit of a fumble while she was rather young, 8th grade I think,  on the sidewalk. She mentions her and a female friend who experimented with each other as they were growing up. She speaks of a bad time with a guy when she didn't really want to do anything but thought she should just let him. And an even worse time later on as she was raped in her own home. I personally think she is extremely brave for speaking out about all of this, so well done to her indeed.
Kailyn tells us a lot of secrets in her book, stuff that was kept quiet on the TV show and it was kind of nice to hear these and seeing that Kailyn isn't always the irrational person the show sometimes makes her out to be. 

I really felt for her when she was talking about her mother. My mother is an alcoholic and hasn't been in ny life for 5 years now, so I could relate to where she was coming from.

It was lovely to read about Issac and Lincoln's births, and feel the love Kailyn has for her two boys. I enjoyed the whole book to be honest, and from the way Kailyn describes her and Javi's relationship, it sounds like they really do love each other a whole lot. I hope their marriage lasts a long long time. A beautiful family. 

Really good book.

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