My Teenage Dream Ended by Farrah Abraham, A Brave Memoir of Teen PregnancyAugust 22, 2012 No Comments
These days Farrah Abraham is a pseudo reality television star with a cute as a button daughter and a figure to die for. She is often spotted parading around the beaches of Miami and she’s a staple in the celebrity weeklies, but there’s more to Abraham’s picture than what is skin deep or splashed throughout the celebrity weeklies.
Farrah Abraham is a young single mother trying to find her way without the father of her daughter and navigating a contentious relationship with her parents. In her recently released memoir, My Teenage Dream Ended, Abraham recounts the detailed story of falling in love with her high school sweetheart, Derek Underwood, watching it all fall to pieces, discovering she was pregnant (despite the use of birth control pills), and learning that the love of her life had been killed in a car crash while she was seven months pregnent with their daughter.
My Teenage Dream Ended chronicles the journey of a happy-go-lucky and popular teenage girl living in middle America who had to shift her life overnight with the overwhelming anxieties and uncertainties of teen pregnancy, teenage motherhood, a tumultuous homelife, the crushing loss of her child’s father and working to make ends meet and finish school for her daughter.
In her memoir, Abraham leaves nothing out as she admits to an unhealthy sex-fueled relationship with the late Derek Underwood (Sophia’s father), panic over an unplanned pregnancy, contemplating an abortion, the ultimate decision to have her baby, violent fights at home with her parents, working menial jobs to make ends meet, dealing with postpartum body issues, illicet drug use, and finally finding some peace and balance as a young single mother.
My Teenage Dream Ended by Farrah Abraham goes behind the glossy MTV footage, red carpet appearances and weekly magazine stories. The book uncovers, in Abraham’s own words, the everyday realities of being a single teen mom, and ultimately a young single adult mom. There is a lot more to Farrah’s story than we see from her tan complexion sparkling smile on television.
The book is brave, revealing, griddy, emotional and worth the read, whether you are a teenager dealing with similar issues or a thirty-something adult like me who loves a fearless memoir chock full of the details that most of us shy away from.
I recommend My Teenage Dream Ended by Farrah Abraham. Speaking as a parent, this memoir gives insight into the mind of a teenager and sheds light on the importance of open and constructive communication between adults and adolescents. It is also a story of overcoming devastating loss and picking up the pieces.
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