If there's one sure sign that Teen Mom mania has swept America, it's the speed with which Farrah Abraham's memoir was snatched off shelves. Now another star of the reality series is talking authorship, and we can hardly wait to hear what she has to say. Just don't expect Kailyn Lowry to walk us back down the Teen Mom path, m'kay?
In fact, when the reality star sat down with The Stir a few months back, the details she shared make her future book sound even more inspiring than the Kailyn we see struggling to get it right on TV.
We asked Kail at the time if she'd give us more detail on how she became a Teen Mom, and she told us no, explaining:
I think it's going to more or less focus on my childhood and what the cameras didn't get.
She wasn't ready to go into more detail at the time, but fast forward to this week, and Kailyn opened up a bit more about the book on Twitter. She's going to tackle her childhood with a drug addict and an absentee dad.
Sounds like gut-wrenching stuff. This is a reality for American kids, but not one we tend to associate with our TV stars, certainly fresh-faced smiling girls like Kailyn.
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But if Kailyn is ready to make it public, I say good for her. She's come a long, long way since we first met her on 16 & Pregnant, from a girl who was living with her boyfriend's parents and so afraid of losing her house that she'd sneak around behind their backs to a woman standing on her own two feet with a husband by her side. She's taken her lumps along the way, but let's face it, Kailyn is one of the few bona fide success stories.
As she once told The Stir, having absentee parents definitely helped her end up as a Teen Mom. But Kailyn has triumphed despite it, and a book detailing that could give a lot of kids growing up in the same tough situation a lot of much-needed hope.
Will you be picking up Kailyn's book when it comes out?
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