Bristol Palin's memoir hits stores
June 21st, 2011
08:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Bristol Palin's memoir hits stores

(CNN) - At 20-years-old, Bristol Palin already has a memoir. In her tell-all book, titled "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far," which hit shelves Tuesday, the oldest daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin dishes on pregnancy to politics.

The memoir details Bristol's unplanned, teenage pregnancy, her days on the 2008 campaign trail with the McCains, and her on-again, off-again relationship with Levi Johnston, the father of her child. (Levi has his own book set to release this fall.)

Bristol starts off her story with the night her virginity was "stolen" by Johnston, saying she had succumbed for the first time in her life to the "woozy charms" of wine coolers while on a camping trip with friends. She woke up the following morning next to Johnston's empty sleeping bag in a tent and found out that the two had slept together–an event, she writes, she couldn't recall.

"I could tell by the evidence in the tent that all of my plans, my promises, and my moral standards had disappeared in one awful night in a series of bad decisions," Bristol writes, concluding that she immediately felt obligated to marry Johnston, a boy she had a crush on since the seventh grade.

Bristol recounts her older brother, Track, growing furious when overhearing on the phone what his sister had done with Johnston. Track allegedly stormed off to Johnston's house, seemingly determined to settle the matter violently.

"Let's just say Track was an 'abstinence only' advocate when it came to his sisters, and he was ready to enforce that philosophy with his fists," Bristol writes, although she doesn't fully disclose what happened at Johnston's house.

The book describes Johnston as a disloyal boyfriend who had "occasional romps with other girls."

To make up for it, he showered Bristol with gifts, including Coach purses, Abercrombie clothing, and designer rain boots. In return, she forgave Johnston and started sleeping with him again with the hope that he would stop cheating.

"It was part 'thank you,' part 'security deposit," she writes.

Later, Bristol, who was 17 at the time, realized she was one month pregnant–a fact confirmed by the eight home pregnancy tests she bought with her friend. Bristol was shocked by the results, claiming she had been on birth control.

And her boyfriend's alleged response? The baby "better be a f****** boy."

Her book also features stories about the 2008 presidential race, including drama between Bristol and Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Bristol described Meghan as a demanding diva who constantly complained and compared her family to the Palins. The book also reveals moments of Meghan being openly rude to campaign staff and family.

Meghan responded on Twitter to Bristol's accusations Tuesday with a link to a video from 2008 that shows her excited about her father's choice for vice president.

And in the book, Meghan's mother, Cindy McCain, had her own words of comfort for Bristol. While waiting for John McCain to arrive at a Minneapolis airport for the 2008 Republican convention, Cindy pulled Bristol aside on the tarmac to have a little chat, the book said.

"Bristol, I have three things I want to tell you," she said. "I just want you to know that I want to be one of the first people to hold your baby. Also, I want to go to your wedding when it comes together, and lastly, [...] John and I want to be godparents of your child."

Bristol was left speechless by their conversation.

"I had just met her, and I wondered why she wanted any type of guardianship over my child," Bristol writes.


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soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. Bloat

    Is she still packing on the pounds, or what? A fottie in a muumuu.

    June 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. rhumba

    Seriously, there's not much that's more boring than a teenager who's never really done anything for herself. What has this girl actually accomplished on her own without mommy's influence? Is she going to tell us about her academic accomplishments, her volunteer work, her summer jobs, her travels, her aspirations? I'm thinking it's more like the ramblings of Snookie.

    June 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Benjamin

    Why does this family continually harass us with their existence? Just when you think they are going to sit down and shaddup, they have to grab the stage yet another time. The best cure for narcisism is to ignore the person suffering from it.

    June 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. mbradley

    Seriously, WHO the hell cares??? Why would anyone other than maybe her delusional parents give a shit about Bristol Palin's memoirs???

    June 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Marie

    You can't be serious.....has to be as exciting as watching water boil..............first the Dancing stint, then the cosmetic surgery.............her time would be better spent just being a mom. not explaining how she became one..we all know that tale..nothing new about it......she is just plain milking the celebrity cow.....she, like Kate (of Kate Plus 8) has morphed into something ugly....you're not cute anymore at all..and neither is Kate.....

    June 22, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. rhumba

    By the way, why is "story" on the Politics page? At best this is an entertainment story.

    June 22, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Shawn L

    Funny how every time a girl screws someone they regret screwing, they blame the booze. We are assuming she was a virgin before this guy, and I don't buy it.

    June 22, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Cinnasue71

    Stolen virginity? Oh please! She gave it away just like any other drunken 16 year old girl who is "in love" and unwilling to lose a short-lived romance. And... I highly doubt that Cindy McCain met her on day one and wanted to be her baby's godmother. And, unless I am mistaken and the laws are as backwards in Alaska as the entire Palin family appears to be... guardianship has nothing to do with being a godparent. Soooo tired of this. If Sarah Palin runs for President and is elected, I will cross the border to Canada and become a citizen just so I don't have to follow the drama of her dysfunctional family.

    June 22, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Arte

    "Bristol was shocked by the results, claiming she had been on birth control.' Why was she on birth control if she espoused abstinence?

    June 22, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. JR

    You can always depend on a Palin to play the victim. None have ever taken responsibility for anything they have ever done.

    June 22, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Challenged

    I got naked, opened my legs, and someone stole my virginity. I have no idea how this happened.

    June 22, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Sahra Palin acts like she and her family are so conservative, well they are. Conservative girls try to act pure but they are like all others, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

    June 22, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. wtfreagan

    I'm pretty sure the only time you regret boning someone you're dating is when you find out your pregnant. Too many wine coolers and stolen virginity? What a joke, she probably had to get HIM drunk ha ha!

    June 22, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. SMH everyday

    LOL @4cause...HILARIOUS........ POP UP BOOKS..... PICTURES!!!!..... so true..but that is hilarious

    June 22, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Larry L

    We should all feel like morons for opening this article. When will we ever tire of the freak show? Still, I'm glad to see Bristol came to terms with her "stolen virginity". She used the Newt Gingrich approach – find Jesus and write a book. It seems to work every time!

    June 22, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Len

    CNN what is your problem......in love with the Palins.....disgusting

    June 22, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. klang

    So abstinence only but on birth control........ She accuses the father of her baby of rape in a book but she stayed with him. I can understand the urge to get back at him for all the stupid crap he has said about her mother, but to use a public expression like a tabloid style book to smear the father of her child is pathetically bad parenting.
    I am an avid Palin dis-liker but I thought is was low class for Levi to go on the attack of his kids grandma for profit. Now Bristol basically calls the kid a rape baby...... This kid is going to grow up the most famously unwanted baby in history. It is one thing for split parents to privately dis like one another but this kind of public abuse is almost criminal. When this child is old enough to ask where do I come from? What do you think he will feel reading this book ? Why can't this little bimbo just use mommy's fame and fortune to give her child a nice life of privileged privacy instead of standing on his tiny shoulders to make herself the next Paris Hilton. ......It is disgusting

    June 22, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. givemeabreak

    Bristol's Claim to fame: Bristol goes on an unchaparoned camping trip with her boy friend, drinks alcohol while under age, and has unprotected sex. 9 month's later, oh surprise, it's a baby. Because of this, she is able to get paid almost $300k to talk to other girls who may me just as misguided. Great family values. I wonder who raised that pack of wolves. sorry wolves!

    June 22, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Obvious lies

    She talks about leaving all her moral standards, she has none! She says she couldn't get pregnant because she was on birth control, but why would you be on birth control if you didn't plan on committing those actions? Stupid lying Wh*re

    June 22, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Chris M

    Did she check the lost and found?

    June 22, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Total Duh.....

    If you give it up...it's not stolen,

    June 22, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. TOM

    "She woke up the following morning next to Johnston's empty sleeping bag in a tent and found out that the two had slept together–an event, she writes, she couldn't recall." Hmmmmmm who told her it was Levi who she had sex with?

    It could have been any number of people! "Stole her virginity? BS

    June 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Non

    What a dope. Guess it runs in her family.

    June 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Obvious lies

    She talks about leaving all her moral standards, she has none! She says she couldn't get pregnant because she was on birth control, but why would you be on birth control if you didn't plan on committing those actions?

    June 22, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Tony

    At least we know now the true reason for the Palin family bus across American vacation paid for the Palin PAC – JR PALIN'S NEW BOOK Virginity Stolen........LOL. Just like her mother blame everyone else for your own actions. That is why I call them the Blamin's.

    June 22, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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