Published - 15th March 2015
Publisher - Post Hill Press
Format - Kindle
Synopsis - Since Catelynn Lowell
and Tyler Baltierra shared their story of teen pregnancy and adoption on
the MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, they've been known for their
inspiring commitment to growing up right. Between their experience
placing their first daughter for adoption, and their struggle to cope
with problems in their families, Catelynn and Tyler were challenged in
every imaginable way. But against all odds, the childhood sweethearts
rose above the dysfunction to become responsible adults whose story has
inspired many others.
How did two troublemaking kids from the
trailer park make it through the storm of family dysfunction, teen
pregnancy, and adoption without letting go of each other? What gave them
the strength to conquer the chaos of their lives and go on to become
people their children could be proud of? And what really happened when
the cameras weren't there?
I have so much respect for these two parents. I can't even begin to imagine the trauma they must have experienced. So when they released their book, describing what life was like growing up under the care of addict parents, drug-fuelled and alcohol filled parties and how all of this led to their decision to place Carly for adoption - I knew that I would have to read it.
It was never going to be a piece of literary art. Catelynn and Tyler are self confessed 'bad kids'. Catelynn tells all about how she completely failed middle school and had to fight to get an education. So the writing style of this book isn't something that should be paid attention to. Catelynn and Tyler are brave young adults who have experienced more in their short lives than most adults (and most definitely me!). This book, along with the MTV show Teen Mom really only serves one purpose - to show the world what adoption really means, and that is powerful.
They have a great relationship with Carly's parents and they undoubtedly made the best decision for their daughter at that time. Catelynn and Tyler are now also parents to their newborn Nova and are parenting for the first time.