MTV Classic Teenage Ahiever Maci Bookout in a Bikini in Florida

Maci Bookout, the mother of Bentley Cadence Edwards, is described by MTV as the classic teenage overachiever who is popular, athletic, and successful in school. She had aspirations to go away to college with her friends after she graduated high school, but her dreams are now on hold as she struggles to take care of Bentley, take online courses at the local state college, and to keep her relationship well Kyle, a young child hood friend, who later becomes Bookout's right shoulder, as a symbol that she will remain the same person she has always been through adversity. Although a patient mother and fiance, Maci gets fed up with Ryan when he does not help her juggle parenthood, school, and work. Maci starts dating her friend from childhood Kyle which makes Ryan decide to step up and be a better father to Bentley.

Bookout said the reason she did the show was because she wanted to get a good message across and stated: "I really just wanted to show girls how hard it was to be a teen parent, I wanted girls who might get pregnant to see there are options out there to move forward with your life and still have goals." She has gone back to college after dropping her online classes, and now is majoring in journalism and hopes to write a book about her experience being sixteen and pregnant. She also speaks at local high schools to talk about teen pregnancy.

Teen Mom is an American reality television series that premiered on MTV on December 8, 2009. A spin-off of 16 and Pregnant, the series chronicles the lives of four of the teenagers from the original series as they navigate their first few years of motherhood. The series focuses on the challenges and struggles of teenage parenthood and changing relationships, specifically those of family, friends, and the couples themselves.

The series pilot episode was the highest-rated premiere on MTV in over a year with 2.1 million total viewers. This record has since been surpassed by MTV's version of Skins, which had 3.26 million viewers during its first episode. The season one finale brought in 3.6 million viewers. The second season of the show premiered on July 20, 2010 and its finale pulled in over 5.6 million viewers. A spin-off titled Teen Mom 2 was announced for January 11, 2011. It was announced by MTV that the third season will premiere on July 5, 2011. After the season 3 finale aired, it was announced by Gary Shirley that there will be a season 4 of Teen Mom. Shirley confirmed that they are currently filming new episodes of the series.