So it looks like the snapchat leak was correct! Jenelle’s book is indeed called Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom. The book is currently on Amazon as a pre-order for the low, low price of $21. The 208-page book will be released on July 25, 2017, and we found some pretty interesting background info on her ghostwriter, Tonia Brown.
Here is the summary included on the book’s Amazon page:
Jenelle Evans shares the raw emotional stories of her youth that helped shape the woman she has become, all drawn from her childhood diary.
From her appearances on 16 and Pregnant and then Teen Mom 2, Jenelle Evans’s life was put on display for all to see, and all to judge. Everyone thinks they know her, but what the audience can’t see runs deeper than what is left on the editing room floor.
What of Jenelle’s complicated life before her newfound fame? An overbearing mother. Erratic siblings. A father who didn’t seem to care. Though there was no camera to capture those difficult moments, there were, thankfully, a few well-kept diaries. Join Jenelle as she tells her story through the eyes of her troubled youth, taken from her memories that were scrawled across the pages of her own diaries.
If you want some laughs, check out these author bios. Jenelle wrote this book with an author named Tonia Brown.
Jenelle Evans first appeared in the reality television program 16 and Pregnant and then went on to star in the follow-up series Teen Mom 2. She is a model and an actress, but above all else, Jenelle is a mom. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her three children. You can keep up with Jenelle at: @PBandJenelley_1 and jenellaurenevans.com.
Tonia Brown’s short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies. She is the author of several books, including Sundowner, Badass Zombie Road Trip and the Skin Trade series. She lives in North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever-fluctuating number of cats. When not writing, she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names “Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.” You can learn more about Tonia at toniabrownauthor.com.
Tonia seems like an interesting character. She, too, lives in North Carolina, so I’m curious to know how these two got connected. Tonia writes kind of paranormal stories. She is signed with a small printing press that specializes in horror, apocalyptic and zombie fiction. (This publisher, by the way, is also known for its Donald Trump zombie hunter book, apparently.)
From Tonia’s Facebook, it looks this project has been in the works since January, when she posted, “I am starting my new year of writing by working on something outside of my comfort zone. Like way outside of my comfort zone. Waaaaaay outside. It’s so far outside of my comfort zone, it’s having lunch two towns over while my comfort zone is sitting quietly at home with her feet up…
“Here’s what I can say about it:
1) It’s a ghostwriting job. So you won’t see my name on it or ever know I did it.
2) It’s an ‘autobiography’
3) It’s not about transgendered centaurs. Sorry.
4) It’s kid of weird to work on. I keep wanting to turn the subject into a werewolf or a zombie, or at least give them a supernatural sidekick. But not today.”
So Jenelle picked someone who had zero ghostwriting experience. Should be interesting. Tonia was happy to announce later in February that she is indeed getting credit on the book.
“So I got the go ahead to talk more publicly about my ghostwriting project, but I am still nervous to discuss the details,” Tonia wrote. “The big news is that she is giving me a writing credit, so now my name will appear on the cover in bookstores and on the sales pages. When I get the cover I will post it and you guys can let me know what you think about it.”
I searched through Tonia’s friends and it doesn’t look like there’s any connection to the Eason or Evans families. So I guess we’ll just have to wait for them to spill more deets!
I’ll leave you with this excerpt from one of Tonia’s books taken from her professional website:
“Walter, whose money is this?” Otto said.
“I believe it’s Toney Maloney’s money,” Walter said. “Most people know him as Toney Waldorf Maloney.”
The corpse nodded as he stood and went to the window.
“Are we related in some way?” Otto said.
“Nope,” Walter said. He pulled aside the curtain and peered out at the lawn. “It’s a nickname.”
“After the salad or the hotel?”
“It comes from Maloney’s favorite way to kill folks.”
“That makes sense I suppose.” It took a moment for Otto to properly process that last bit, because he wasn’t expecting it. Combination of words such as ‘kill folks’ didn’t enter his everyday conversation. “Bear with me for seeming so obtuse, but did you just say kill folks?”
“I don’t suppose that is a euphemism. Is it?”
Otto exhaled a long breath of relief. “Good. For a minute there I thought—”
“Waldorf is a euphemism for slitting someone’s throat, right at the Adam’s apple, and then shoving a handful of walnuts down the open hole.”
“Along with their testicles.”
“They call it a Nutcracker Necktie in Atlanta.”
“Do they?” Otto glanced to Walter’s throat, to the gash hanging open like a wide smile.