Monday, July 3, 2017

Bulletproof Review

Bulletproof
By Maci Bookout

Maci Bookout became well known for her segment on MTV's 16 and pregnant and Teen Mom. Her memoir takes you through her unplanned pregnancy and subsequent struggles as a young teenager with a child who's father is very removed from the situation. The book spans over a period of four or five years as she details the growing stages of her son Bentley and the demise of her relationship with Bentley's father Ryan.

I have to begin this by admitting that I am a Teen Mom OG fan. It's a guilty pleasure that I don't get to indulge in much anymore, but when I heard that Maci was writing a book I knew I had to read it. I knew quite a bit of her story and her personality from watching her on MTV and was curious to know what else she could possibly offer in her book that her fans didn't already know. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but I found it fascinating and could hardly put it down.

My favorite part of this book is that it did not follow a typical chronological order. She starts with the revelation of finding out she was pregnant and then the telling her news to her unsuspecting parents. But in the midst of this she brings up memories, feelings and her parents background. The book flows like a conversation would, which makes you feel like you're getting a more personal view into her life that you would by just watching her on TV. You get access to her thoughts, her feelings and actions that she had taken that were not filmed by MTV. She also includes chapters of poetry and lists that she's written.

The message of her book was not lost in her story. This was a very clear warning to any teenagers and parents of teenagers that conversations about safe sex and birth control should definitely be a priority so that no teenager is left feeling as though unplanned pregnancies cannot happen to them. No one is exempt from circumstance and Maci makes that very known as she recounts the occurances in which her own unplanned pregnancy came to be. However, in all of this she also makes it known that her child is the best thing that could have happened to her and that she could never regret having him.

As much as I was slightly embarrassed to be purchasing this book and earning a lot of incredulous and amused looks, I am glad I did. It was a captivating depiction of the struggles that a lot of young mom's go through. And admirably the author really tries to convey the fact that although everything worked out for her in the end there were a lot of hurdles she had to endure raising a child on her own at such a young age. And she makes sure that the readers know that although she had an amazing support system in her friends and family that is not the reality for most teen moms.

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✬✫
Possibility of Rereading:
Yes


Opinionated Bookworm

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