A&E's new original docudrama Breaking Boston features a group of working class women coming of age with the odds stacked against them.
The series follows a group of four blue-collar women in their twenties trying to break the cycle of their peers in a town where education, employment and opportunities are hard to come by. Each one of them has already hit rock bottom via destructive relationships or bad choices, but they're all leaning on each other and looking for a way out.
Executive producer Mark Wahlberg mirrored this series on his own life and experiences in Boston. Recently earning his high school diploma at the age of 42, Mark can certainly relate to bad influences of peers and lack of emphasis on education. "These are real women telling their original stories of trying to break out of what's expected of them," said Wahlberg. "The odds are difficult, but I believe they can make it."
Breaking Boston joins them at a critical time in their life; where they're trying to shed their pasts in order to pave way for their future. Kristina, 29, faced jail time when her ex-boyfriend was caught running a drug ring out of their shared home but was acquitted and is now trying to move on with her new boyfriend Mikey while pursuing a career in hair styling. Valerie, 22, had two DUIs and a jail sentence on her record after high school and is now trying to attend college with a tarnished record and no financial aid. Noelle, 25, recently suffered the loss of her brother to a tragic car accident and is finding it difficult to move on with her life while living at home and supporting her mother. Courtney, 25, is a single mom with a 7th grade education and a dream to get into beauty school.
Caitlin dropped out of high school in 10th grade but is in the process of trying to reverse that decision. After many years of dealing at illegal underground poker games, Caitlin earned such a good living that she didn't need a real job. But after a bust that has her facing federal gambling charges, she's facing trouble and her lawyer bills are piling up. She's working odd jobs here and there but misses the money she was making as a dealer. She knows it's time to start making something of herself but isn't sure where to start.
Caitlin and Courtney have recently decided to hire a tutor get their GEDs with each other's support while Caitlin also tries to figure out whether or not she has a future with, Jack, the man in her life.