10 Revelations From Maci Bookout’s New Book “I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof”
Maci Bookout first gained fame when she first appeared on MTV’s 16 & Pregnant back in 2009 and when she was later cast in the spin-off Teen Mom series. She has since become a full blown reality TV star, respected public speaker, and now a new author of two books! Bookout has been a fan favorite among viewers. She’s only 25-years-old, but she’s already established herself as a mother of three children, wife of Taylor McKinney and co-owner of the clothing line TTM Lifestyle. In honor of her successful career and the struggles she faced along the way, she recently wrote an advice book called “I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof: Lessons I Learned So You Don’t Have To” as a follow up to her 2015 memoir. We picked up a copy and compiled a list of the 10 biggest revelations from the book!
10. Close Group of Friends
We only get to see a small picture of Maci’s life on Teen Mom OG, so in her new book readers will get to learn about a whole new side of Maci like the fact that she has a really close group of girlfriends, most of them she’s known since elementary school! The group is made up of seven girls and they called themselves SYD in high school. When she got pregnant at 16 she was scared to tell them, but they were all really supportive. They threw her a baby shower, supported her through her early graduation and came to visit her while she was in the hospital. As a senior in high school, her friend Keelie would stay the night with Maci when Bentley was a newborn and get up with him so she could catch up on sleep. Even now that they’ve all gone off to college and some have moved away, Maci said she’s still close with all of them!
9. Lesson She Learned From Being a Cheerleader
When Maci tried out for the school cheer team in grade 5 she was one of only two incoming sixth graders who made it. Being on the team taught her a very valuable lesson — never try to change who you are. In her book “I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof,” Maci admits she’s always been a little bit edgier than her friends. When she didn’t make the team again she was devastated, so her mom went out and bought her a pair of pink Converse shoes. These were shoes she’d been begging to get while on the team, but couldn’t because she wasn’t allowed to wear them. Afterwards she realized she’d been suppressing her true self to be on the team with the popular girls. When she made the team again in grade 8 she’d learned her lesson, so when her coach asked her to take off her black nail polish she refused. At the next game she was benched, but halfway through her coach gave in and let her play. She had stood her ground and won!