- Gebundene Ausgabe: 159 Seiten
- Verlag: Post Hill Press (22. April 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1618689797
- ISBN-13: 978-1618689795
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,8 x 21,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 149.274 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Pride Over Pity (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. April 2014
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Kailyn Lowry, the feisty, tattooed beauty whose determination to raise her son on her own terms has been documented on MTV s hit series Teen Mom 2, opens up in this raw memoir about her painful past and offers an inspiring account of a young girl s resolve to survive and succeed."
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Of the girls on Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, I actually thought Kailyn had the most ability to write a good book about her life. She seems intelligent enough to get her thoughts on a page coherently. Part of me wonders if this book hadn't been ghostwritten, if Kailyn's writing could have been better.
I had a lot of problems with the book though.
1. There was no reason to the order of the chapters. It wasn't a chronological narrative of her life. Things bounced around so much and the chapters seemed random and mismatched.
2. I felt like I was reading entries out of her diary, instead of something that is trying to tell a story and had been edited (and in this case, ghostwritten.)
3. Kailyn's really annoying. So much of the book comes off as preachy and holier-than-thou. Kailyn slams people who are religious pretty hard, while at the same time being incredibly defensive of people putting her down for her atheism. Hypocritical much?
4. And with her atheism in mind, WE GET IT. There were many times I found that she had to insert the fact that she was atheist, when it was incredibly irrelevant to the rest of the chapter. OK, you wanted to name your kid Moses potentially. It might be a biblical name but oooooh, you're atheist. Or the mention of how she was bothered by a bible verse being read at her legal marriage to Javi because she's atheist. I don't give a s*** what her religion is, but whatever it is, it's annoying to hear about it every few breaths. It also bothered me how she implied religious people lacked logic. I'm not even religious. I actually hold closer religious beliefs to Kailyn than anything, but I don't feel the need to put people down because of their beliefs. And I don't need to justify mine to anyone. Kailyn seems so full of being defensive and justifying who she is.
By the end of the book, I was so glad it was over. I didn't learn much about Kailyn from this book that isn't shown on TV. And it was written poorly. Adrienne Wenner might want to consider a new career, because if this is what her ghostwriting is putting out... Ugh.
However as the book goes on, it is drenched with put downs of those who come from a background of religion or faith. Or basically anyone who has an opinion other than hers, on just about anything. If you need proof, there's an entire chapter devoted to slamming organized religious communities. She attempts to put disclaimers saying she is open to and non judgemental of those who disagree with her, but there's a constant undertone (way beyond just that chapter) of belittling non-atheists and other backgrounds that completely challenges those statements of respect. I am respectful of every background or belief system- I take absolutely no offense to her atheism - but this was too aggressive and off putting. I could tell she would take offense to my beliefs.... It was like there was a definite agenda being shoved down my throat, and it felt like she was going to pop out of the pages, extremely angry at me for disagreeing. (Really I could feel it)
Aside from that, she has been taped and quoted several times saying "it's not like Farrah's book as far as editing, we put a lot of time into this." While the time spent organizing content may have taken years, I am astounded at how many periods were missing, and how many typos were present. I've never understood why such major errors are present, as they are completely prevented with a single read-over. While the content was different, the poor editing was not. I understand that she most likely has little to do with this oversight.
By the latter part of the book I found myself skipping pages and eventually skipping ahead to read the last chapter and putting it down due to the repetitive nature. Struggle struggle persevere preservere past past family family etc etc.
With all of this said, I 100% respect Kail for writing this, as I imagine though while it was probably therapeutic, it was also extremely brave to put such intimate details out into the world. She is one of my favorite moms of all the MTV's pregnancy related series', and she does an outstanding job of giving her precious boys a far better life than she had herself. I may have not enjoyed her overall tone in the book, the amateur editing, or the repetitive nature, but that does not change my respect for her as a person and a mother. Overall it was a somewhat entertaining and easy read. I think she is strong and beautiful, and I love the fundamental message she is trying to send through all of her media facets. As a fellow military spouse with a similar past, I say you go girl!