Teen Mom 2‘s Leah Messer is one of the most private of the Teen Mom franchise stars. Despite having shared her incredible life with MTV fans for over 10 years now, she isn’t the one often found in the headlines. Now, Messer is following in the footsteps of several other Teen Mom cast members including Kailyn Lowry, Farrah Abraham, Jenelle Evans, and Maci Bookout who have shared their side of their story through books. It goes without saying that not everything seen on Teen Mom 2 is the full story, and now Messer is holding nothing back in her new book Hope, Grace & Faith, which was titled after the middle names of her three daughters. From storylines fans thought they knew, to things the camera never showed, here are the most surprising revelations from the book:
Since fans started getting to know Leah from her pregnancy at 17 years old, not much is known about her childhood. In her book, Leah reveals a lot that fans didn’t know about her tumultuous and at times traumatic childhood. Among many sad revelations about her parents’ relationship, Leah opened up about how it impacted her and her siblings. Leah revealed that she and her siblings moved constantly with their mom throughout her childhood, and she missed quite a bit of school in the process. “Between sixth and seventh grade I went to three different schools and lived in four or five different homes in almost as many towns,” she shares. She also revealed that she began getting sick so often that she missed school for months at a time. “I started getting sick all the time. I don’t know if it was all the stress breaking down my immune system or if I was just prone, but I got strep throat so many times that I barely went to school the rest of the year. I’d come down with a sore throat and a fever and then be out for weeks at a time.” Eventually after fighting in school and developing anxiety, she ended up staying home for the rest of seventh grade and all of eighth grade. “I don’t remember reading a single book or filling out any work-sheets that year. At some point, I took a test that allowed me to technically pass eighth grade, but I didn’t step foot inside a classroom again until high school,” she revealed.