Sarah Palin calls Bristol's tell-all 'shocking', 'inspiring'
June 22nd, 2011
08:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Sarah Palin calls Bristol's tell-all 'shocking', 'inspiring'

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had plenty to tweet about Wednesday regarding the book, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far," by her oldest daughter, Bristol Palin.

Palin praised the memoir, which released Tuesday, as "Shocking; Refreshing; Honest; INSPIRING! Perfect," and said it "gives insight into how media can drive false narrative."

In the book, Bristol writes about lying to her parents so she can go on a camping trip with friends–a night that ended with the teenager losing her virginity to her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, while getting drunk off wine coolers.

Later, Bristol walks readers through her unwanted pregnancy with Johnston, revealing details on their shaky relationship over the years.

Bristol also writes about her mother's political career and includes sections on the 2008 presidential race when Palin campaigned as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Palin, author of books, herself, wrote on Twitter that her daughter's memoir was "Spot on!" and complimented Bristol for opening up about her private life: "She's courageous to write what she wrote, warning about decisions/consequences in encouraging way, esp for teens!"

The proud mom then posted a photo of the book.


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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. GEORGE

    Mother and daughter what a pair! Who cares they are making money out of many suckers in the USA!! Wow! Land of opportunity!

    June 23, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. bhavin

    Best example of a mom gloriofying her daughter's immoral acts! So, either the mom is stupid or immoral herself.

    June 23, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. wakiash

    Time was you at least had to have some life accomplishment to merit a book. And they wonder why no ones reads any more.

    June 23, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. maine liberal

    "She's courageous to write what she wrote,"
    can you say ghost writer

    June 23, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. pat

    Do not believe any thing that comes out of this mother and daughter team...Their only motivatian is to make as much money they can get....

    June 23, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. stickman

    lol...wine coolers.......

    June 23, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. sue

    She should be shocked....were was she when this 17 year old asked to go on a camping trip? I raised two girls and when ever they asked to go somewhere whether it was an overnight at another girls home or out for the evening with friends the parents had a network that we called and checked to see if they were aware of the sleepover, or evening out and at parties there was always chaparones.....and as for Bristol sounds like she is like her mother in putting the blame for her mistakes off on someone else.....one of the most valuble lessons in life to learn is when you make a mistake or do something wrong or say things inappropiate you accept ownership and not blame others for your stupid mistakes.......her virginity was not STOLEN.....she gave it away herself, she is the one responsible for that.....not Johnson, not the wine coolers..........that's just making excuses........

    June 23, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. GOP hate america

    This is what happens when parents do not supervise their children and are failures at being parents. They get bimbostein daughters spreading their backward genes

    June 23, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. PROUD, FEMALE DEM IN NC

    There is no limit to this money grubbing family's quest for a buck. Pure trailer trash is the best way to describe them. Like mother like daughter. Shut up Palins and please disappear.

    June 23, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. John

    If you ask me both Of these two are IDIOT , and any body that buy there book are bigger IDIOT. I all think CNN are putting these two In the news to much and leave them on the page to long. All Bristol Palin have done Is having a baby and not be married., Just think of how many kid that have done Is , and now the news Is going to make other kid think having a baby out of wed lock and they can get RICH. And let be say one thing she say In her book. You don't go on a over night camping trip with your boy friend and not Plan on having sex. May be that why she was on birth control pill. You can't steal something when you were planning to give it away In the first Place. That all these Palin do Is Blame the Media and LIE about everything. Don't you think It time we stop putting them In the news, and leave them there all day.

    June 23, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Skeeve

    Funny. Media, of cause, drives false narratives, but Palins are absolutely honest, completely pure and have absolutely no agenda of their own. An on the top of it they are also smart and articulate. Just perfect heavenly creatures unfairly abused by those pesky evildoers.....

    June 23, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Student

    How very sad for all of them. It must be devastating to Mrs. Palin that, even though she was governor, her daughter was raped and got no justice. Even worse, her daughter believed she had no real options beyond marrying her rapist. If a governor's daughter feels that way, then what hope is there for the rest of us who survive a rape but don't have a powerful family member in the executive branch?

    June 23, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Joanie

    I suspect that Sarah, not Bristol, wrote (or dictated) the book. No surprises here.

    June 23, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Ferret out the B.S.

    I'm not buyin' it.

    June 23, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. AGuest9

    Just proves that the apple doesn't fall far.

    June 23, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. New SunriseComing

    Of course this will bring the Zoo animals out with their bashing of teeth and never saying anything original. You might as well get used to Zoo people for if Sarah runs she will win by a landslide. Your Alpha male Obama, one way or another is going out. America can stand no more of his policy if he has one.

    June 23, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. independent

    Shocking and inspiring! A young girl, acting out in an apparently disfunctional family, then blames the boyfriend/father/husband for 'stealing' her virginity. I am not sure I would describe it the same way.

    June 23, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Rick

    Lets be honest here. Bristol was on the pill, so she was planning on having sex. I'm a betting man and I would bet she DID NOT get pregnant the first time she had intercourse if she was using the pill as prescribed.

    June 23, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. andrewstl

    oh yeah she is a gem.

    it clears everything up.

    yeah sarah we are all wrong about you and the hillbilly family.

    June 23, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. JJ

    Inspiring because you couldn't even convince your OWN daughter to keep her legs closed? A chip off the old loser block. :)

    June 23, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. Pat in IL

    The excerpts I've read in the news sound ridiculous....like a teenager's diary that is enhanced to make her sound better. At least she has more honesty than her mother, who "had" to get married because she was pregnant. It would be a waste of $$ to actually buy this silly book.

    June 23, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. ITALIAN NONNO

    every outhouse in the Ozarks and the Smokey mountains should be equipped with a copy of this book,.. it sure beats using, straw or leaves.

    June 23, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Joe The Plumber

    IOne drama queen after another!

    June 23, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Consider This...

    I have only one thing to say about all the Palins. TMI!

    June 23, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. mangoz

    She has taught her daughter well...."how to be a confidence artist or in other words a Grifter. They both are doing a great job of "exploiting" teens NOT teaching them abstinence. I'm sure Palin goes to bed every night hating the fact that she didn't come up with the idea for the show "teen moms". That would have been another group to exploit and make money off of.

    June 23, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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