Teen Mom: 15 Shocking Revelations From Maci Bookout’s ‘Bulletproof’
13. It Runs in the Family
Maci’s mom and dad were also teen parents. They’ve been together since they were 15 and at 16 her mom got pregnant with Matt, Maci’s older brother. But their story wasn’t a cautionary tale. They stuck together through it, got married and have now been married for 30 years. “When my mom and dad were teenagers, they were pretty wild. They ran with a rough crowd and partied hard. Not that they were total delinquents. Both of them had great parents and good morals. But my grandparents worked a lot, so there was plenty of time for a couple of fun-loving teenagers to get up to no good,” wrote Maci. They had a fairly laid back parenting style which allowed for a close relationship between them all and an open line of communication, but they had never had the “sex talk.” After a doctor visit and several pregnancy tests she finally told her parents. She texted her mom when she was ready and said she needed to talk to her. After school her parents were both waiting for her and she told them. Their first response wasn’t to get angry, but rather said, “You’re going to keep it, right?” They didn’t lecture her, scream or yell, they just made sure she knew the responsibility. Her dad said: “This is your responsibility. We’ll be here to help you and support you in any way that we can, but this is your child, and this is your job. You’re going to be okay. You’ll be fine. You’ll be able to do this. But it’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, and the hardest thing you ever will do in your life.”
12. 16 And Pregnant
A few months into Maci’s pregnancy, she didn’t have a job or any way to save up money, so her mom started looking for maternity modeling opportunities. While browsing different listings, she stumbled across a casting call for a new teen pregnancy documentary on MTV. Maci’s first response was “absolutely not,” but her mom pointed out that it’s an easy way to make money and that it might lead to other opportunities. “Eventually I came around to the idea, enough to write in just a short introduction message. Just a week later, a woman from the casting department called me. I started wading in. Before I knew it, I’d had three different phone calls with this girl that lasted about three hours each. She wanted to know everything, from how many times per year I went to church to what my favorite car was. And when she’d had enough of that, she told me she’d be mailing me a flip cam and a sheet of questions for me to answer. Once that was done, it was off to the races,” she wrote. Like most of the other girls, Maci had no idea what 16 and Pregnant would turn into. At the time she signed up, the show hadn’t even been approved. She thought it would be a one-hour documentary, not a reality television show. When the show aired, she watched it, but it never occurred to her that the whole world was also watching. It wasn’t until she went to the mall afterwards that it hit her — people began asking for her picture and calling her out by name.