Bittersweet Blessing: 16 & Pregnant
$15 / 14 +
Release date: January 24, 2012
One of my guilty pleasures is reality television (sad, but true); two of my must-see shows are MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. When I learned that Ashley Salazar, featured in the second season of 16 & Pregnant, had written a book, I knew I’d be reading it.
Ashley got pregnant by her ex-boyfriend, Justin, after they broke up. Neither felt like they were ready to be parents and decided to choose adoption for their child. Ashley’s aunt and uncle ended up adopting the baby, a girl named Callie.
Bittersweet Blessing chronicles Ashley’s story from beginning (her brief relationship with Justin and their subsequent hook up) to end (attending college in New York City, but ultimately deciding it wasn’t the right fit). Those familiar with Ashley’s story from watching her episode or reading her blog know that she was never 100% with her decision of adoption and even briefly took Callie back from her aunt and uncle to see if she was, in fact, capable of raising a child.
The book really doesn’t cover any new ground in terms of Ashley’s story, but readers will gain insight into her thought process, as well as what it was like filming for MTV. All in all, it’s truly a realistic portrayal of teen pregnancy. A sure bet for fans of the show or readers enamored with books featuring teen pregnancy, such as Hooked and Pregnant Pause.
Interestingly, Farrah Abraham (fellow 16 & Pregnant alumna and one of the girls featured on Teen Mom) has a book due out in April, also published by MTV Press, called My Teenage Dream Ended (let’s hope that’s not the final cover).
Reviewed from copy borrowed from the library