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Pride Over Pity

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  1,836 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
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 ensui ...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published April 17th 2014 by Post Hill Press
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Rachel
May 14, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
This book was actually really good up until Chapter 15. Kailyn likes to aggressively state how she is an atheist. She says she doesn't want to put others down for their faith and yet she outwardly proclaims people of faith are morons who can't wrap their heads around scientific fact. She thinks that due to the trials in her life there could not possibly be a God. Christianity allows for a faith following person to become stronger and closer to God in times of need. Perhaps if Kail had more faith ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 10, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: why-did-i-read
I read Pride over Pity with the same guilty pleasure I feel when I watch Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2. Honestly, it's like watching a train wreck. I finished this book quickly, because 1) the writing was like reading a paper aimed at elementary school students, and 2) it was so lame, I wanted to see how much worse it got.

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 pag
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Lori
Aug 27, 2014 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
16 and Pregnant and the Teen Mom franchise are a little bit of guilty pleasure for me. Out of all the teen mom's Kailyn is the one I least feel like smacking.

This memoir is interesting. It fills in a lot of the gaps that MTV left out and gives you a more rounded picture of Kailyn as a person. It's not great literature but it's an interesting story of a girl with a rough life who seems to pull it together through determination and a lot of introspection so you have to give credit to Kailyn where
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Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
Well...it wasn't as bad as Farrah's.

Still in dire need of editing though. Grammar and spelling errors throughout.

For someone who talks about tolerance, she sure makes sure to insult people who believe in God. A lot. Apparently you can't be logical AND believe in God, according to Kailyn.

She complains a lot about how people see her but guess what Kailyn - you ARE selfish and ungrateful. Jo's parents took care of her, and yet she complains that they always stepped in when she and Jo were fighting.
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Samma
Apr 23, 2014 Samma rated it it was amazing
I purchased, started & finished this book within twelve hours. This includes sleeping & working.
Kail has always been a favorite of mine from the 16 & Pregnant/ TM2 series.
There were definitely some shocking secrets that she did an incredibly good job at hiding from the media until now.
This book is well written & had a really good flow. It isn't even comparable to Farrah's book.
I defintely reccomed reading it if you are a fan of Kail. =)
Ali
May 03, 2014 Ali rated it did not like it
I was hoping for a more positive tone to this book. She comes off extremely bitter and I wasn't expecting that. Everyone has had bad things happen in their lives, so I commend her for being so open about her past. However, she states numerous times throughout the book her desire not to be judged and then spends quite a bit of it judging people who are walking a slightly different path than her.
Laura Griffith
Jul 25, 2016 Laura Griffith rated it liked it
I would actually give this a 3.5 if I could.

It was a good, quick read that was definitely worth my time. There were just a few things that I didn't like.

1. I agree that at times Kailyn came off a little holier than thou, or a little... I'm not sure what the right word would be. Once, when she was talking about having to stay in a homeless shelter for two days - I understood how that might be uncomfortable, but I felt she could have been a little more grateful that it was only two days. The secon
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Brittnee
May 06, 2014 Brittnee rated it it was ok
This girl comes off as angry and bitter, and the more she says she's not the worse it seems to become. I'm not sure what her motive was for writing this book, but this reader saw it as nothing more than a list of rationale for bad behavior and questionable decision making. If you really don't care what people think, as you claimed over and over in this book, why do you keep trying to explain your actions?
Liralen
In my defense, I've never watched 16 and Pregnant* or Teen Mom and have zero interest in changing that. I read this as brainless can't-sleep reading.**

In the book's defense, I'm so many kinds of completely the wrong audience for this, and I didn't exactly go in expecting a read I'd rave over. So there's that.

But it is, not surprisingly, not much of a book. There was ghostwriter involvement, but...not at a particularly professional level, I guess. Very little by way of scene; very little by way o
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Britt
Oct 14, 2014 Britt rated it it was amazing
Hard to rate/review a book based off of some ones life, but it was amazing. I've watched Kailyn since 16 and Pregnant. How much she has grown as a person is amazing to see. She has a beautiful family and a beautiful life. No one's life is perfect, and she has much more to learn but she has done the best she could with the situation she was given.

I'm looking forward to following Kailyn's story until she decides to stop filming. Her two little guys are just precious.
Mindy
Jul 07, 2015 Mindy rated it liked it
Despite the seemingly utter lack of editing (the co-writer's name even included one too many N's on the back dedication page?!?) and her moments of non-sequitur ranting, the book did draw me in. Her story was very moving and often relatable, kudos to her for having the guts to be so vulnerable and open. Hopefully Kail's cautionary tales help other young girls/women. Yes, this was such a guilty pleasure read but I actually gleaned some meaning from the pages.
Z. Fields
May 18, 2014 Z. Fields rated it did not like it
From the terrible writing to the almost unreadably bad grammar, this was an absolute waste of money and horrible read.
Riley Dawson
Jul 23, 2015 Riley Dawson rated it did not like it
Oh god Kail even though you had a ghostwriter you come off as such a self-righteous fool. I know you had a crap childhood and that sucks but like.....no
Brittany
Jun 20, 2014 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes I am guilty of reading this book just like I'm guilty of binge watching the show. Kind of disappointed that you don't find out anymore than you would already know from watching the show.
Casey Florence harrison
Aug 16, 2014 Casey Florence harrison rated it did not like it
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Britteny Brown
I love this book only took me a couple days.
Miranda Lynn
Sep 24, 2014 Miranda Lynn rated it liked it
Pride Over Pity is a book that I've been super excited to read ever since I heard that it was being released. I'm a hardcore Teen Mom 2 fan, and Kailyn is my favorite of the four young moms that the show features.

To be honest, though, I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. The editing is shoddy at best — there are lots of grammar and writing mistakes (like missing words, etc.), and the story at times seems to meander all over the place with many random tangents and no clear footing. And that we
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Nicole
Jan 27, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Pride Over Pity was written as an autobiographical story of Kailyn Lowry, one of the stars of MTV’s hit series Teen Mom 2. Lowry focuses on her teenage years throughout the story as she begins at age six and finishes at her present age of 22 with plans for her future. Lowry reveals her tragic past and goes into great detail about her rocky relationship with both of her neglectful, alcoholic parents, each and every boyfriend she had, her sex stories, getting pregnant, having an abortion, and ...more
Rachael
Jul 05, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
I read Kailyn Lowry's biography. Kailyn has always been one of the people I liked most on Teen Mom 2. Although she comes from an unstable upbringing she has created a stable life for herself and her son's Issac and Lincoln. Also Issac has to be one of the cutest kids on Teen Mom 2. The things he says are just adorable.

Kailyn's book did not have particularly good writing, but it wasn't too bad probably better than Farrah Abraham's and Ashley Salzar's put together. The book did plot jump a lot th
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Peter Goodman
Jun 13, 2014 Peter Goodman rated it liked it
“Pride over Pity,” by Kailyn Lowry, with Adrienne Wenner (Post Hill Press, 2014). Kailyn Lowry is one of the stars of the MTV series Teen Mom 2. Before that she appeared in 16 and Pregnant. Hers is the American girl’s cautionary tale. Mother is an alcoholic, father is nowhere around. Kailyn never understands what is happening, her mother brings men home all the time, she keeps changing schools, there is no stability, no security, nothing she can cling to. So she starts having sex---gets pregnant ...more
Clare Holman-Hobbs
Not as terrible as I anticipated and quite interesting. Kailyn always seemed like the Teen Mom who had it together the most about of the TM2 crew, (bar perhaps Chelsea), and hearing where she comes from only makes sense when you consider her hard exterior and logical approach. I feel sorry for her, and I want her to find happiness, and I hope she does.
Sarah Schoggin
Let me preface this by saying that I love all of the teen mom girls with the exception of Farrah, and I plan on reading all of the memoirs written by all of them. I tried really hard to like this novel because I have always felt like Kailyn overcame so much and set a positive example.

The first 14 chapters were decent enough. Kind of back and forth. I got really confused. It doesn't come together like a cohesive story at all. She doesn't always go chronologically so when you think a relationship
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Lexy
Jul 03, 2014 Lexy rated it it was amazing
I thought Kailyn did a great job with being brutally honest in this book. She isn't a professional author, and never claims to be. I did not get the sense that she came off bitter. I got the sense that she has gone through a lot in her young life and has come out fighting with her head held up. If her book stops even ONE young girl from having sex to early or becoming pregnant at a young age, then she has done a great thing for the world. If you don’t like what she has to say, then stop reading. ...more
Dayna Pitcher
Apr 22, 2015 Dayna Pitcher rated it it was ok
Like a lot of people who read this, the "Teen Mom" franchise is a guilty pleasure. There are the whiny moms, the annoying moms, the boring moms, and Kailyn was the intense and unpredictable mom.



I admire her courage, and rising above her problems, but geez, learn a lesson about birth control. After the first 2 unplanned pregnancies, you think she'd be more careful.


A lot of people have a problem with the tone of this book, but I think it matches her persona on the show. She was always snippy, be
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Mandy
Apr 30, 2014 Mandy rated it liked it
as others said its hard to rate a book that's about someone's life. I give it 3 stars. I found the book wasn't well edited and it lacked detail, I've forgotten parts of her story on Teen mom 2 and the book didn't help remind me, so I found myself confused at times and wanting to know more. she went off on rants too that didn't feel like they had a real point, (to her story, not that they wernt important issues!) or that she was saying it because she was told to. at times the story didn't flow in ...more
Darija
Nov 02, 2014 Darija rated it liked it
Let me first say that this isn't my first encounter with Kailyn.I am a huge fan of both 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom 2 and watch the shows religiously.So I followed her story from the beginning and no,I didn't like her much at the start and found her to be rather annoying.But over the years I have really developed respect for her and all she does for Isaac (isn't he just so much fun,I just adore that little man) and now Lincoln.I am proud (as dumb as it sounds to be proud of a person you've ...more
Kayla
Sep 12, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it
A pretty quick read. If you follow the show 'Teen Mom 2' and what to know more behind the scenes and the back story of Kailyn? Then, this is definitely a read for you.

I found it really interesting and learned a lot on why she reacts the way she does on the show sometimes. There is definitely more to her story than what 'Teen Mom 2' shows.

(after reading some of the reviews) Obviously it's not written in a sense of a well-known Author, but I think people are forgetting she is still young and it is
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Susan Bazzett-griffith
Ok, my Teen Mom binge reading is over. Kailyn's book was fine, if a bit dull at times. Oddly, I think she is probably one of the most likable characters of the Teen Mom casts, but her book, though she hasn't had an easy or uninteresting life, was very blah. Maybe because she focuses so much more on her life that was actually already shown on television than some of the others I've read (Amber's book and Caitlynn and Tyler's books both had a lot of background info that was never really talked ...more
Kelly Flynn
Okay, so it's not the most well written book. I was really only bothered by the weak writing because the cover makes it known that a ghost writer assisted with the book. I don't get the point of calling in reinforcements if the end result is still poor. But kudos to Kailyn and the publishers for not hiding the ghost writer. I find doing so to be nearly reprehensible.

My main problem is that the book did not grab my attention. It also really showcases her immaturity and ability to hold a grudge.
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Megan G.
Sep 11, 2016 Megan G. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Even though this book is something I would rarely ever read in my life, I did enjoy it a little bit. I saw Kailyn on '16 & Pregnant' & 'Teen Mom 2' and she was incredibly likable to me, mainly because she just did not put up with any crap from anyone. Did she make some poor decisions? Yes, of course. But this book gives good insight into how someone with a poor upbringing can make mistakes and get through them. Kailyn is still immature, which is apparent in her random opinion pieces in a ...more
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