Bristol Palin's memoir hits stores
June 21st, 2011
08:42 PM ET
12 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. lynn

    OMG, shut this family up. Who cares, we have our own good kids to be proud of. What's this slut doing making money off of her tramping around.

    June 21, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Memoir at 20 years of age????

    What has this world come to? Bristol needs to concentrate on getting a solid education and rearing her beautiful baby. She should be sitting at the feet of a wise man and/or woman and learning life lessons. What kind of parents are the Palins to encourage this type of madness? Young people know very little about life at twenty years old.

    June 21, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Billy

    Is it a comic book?

    June 21, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. roscoe

    The power of the ghost writer. If you think Bristol could write a book for first graders then you probably believe she doesn't believe in premarital sex, too. She was on birth control just to make sure she didn't get pregnant from the toilet seat.

    June 21, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    Uh, Bristol, they are called alcoholic "black outs" and they do not happen the first time you get drunk, er, "succumb to wine coolers". Trust me, this I know.

    Was the "evidence" multiple used condoms?

    If I were Levi I would ask for a paternity test, if there were a lot of friends there and you were the only uh, woman of easy virtue that was both willing and open, it needs to be known if he was first in the "daisy chain" that "stole" your virginity that night.

    Do you recall the number and names of the possible fathers of your baby?

    "Family values" indeed, get drunk, spread your legs for God only knows how many and then right a book about your "life experiences" as an unwed mother at 20? This whole Clampett Clan is nothing more than grifters and white trailer trash.

    June 21, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. roscoe

    I wonder if there's a "who will be the next Bristol's baby's daddy" line in Vegas. Or, what the odds are she'll be pregnant at her wedding?

    June 21, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Angie in Denver

    She is just 19 or so, what memoirs? Seriously, these Palin's love the spotlight and those who they can make money off of. I just don't understand a 19 year old who has lived enough for a memoir that someone is willing to pay for?

    June 21, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Pete

    I wonder how many suckers will actually pay money for this junk.

    June 21, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. jamieboley

    A little too much information. I feel uncomfortable reading the excerpts. Sorry since I like the girl, but maybe it's all a result of too much exposure from someone so young.

    June 21, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. C. Howe Yulikit

    The is the ultimate in victimhood. She was seduced by the evil Johnston and his wine coolers? Gimme a break Sarah Junior. Bristol is white trash no matter how you spin it.

    June 21, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Goodness, how did a story about the newly surgically redone kardashian look alike sister end up in the political ticker? Even if she really isn't one of those sisters I don't remember her running for or being an ex governor or mayor of a city smaller than my neighborhood in MD.
    Hypocrite, you drank you had sex (for lack of a better word for you) and you got pregnant. It seems that this happens a lot in your family except your so-called mother ended up getting married. That big brother was on track of the hillbilly trash family. Nothing says love than confronting the guy who your sister had sex with. It does take two to tango!

    June 21, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. MK

    How very pathetic and absurd.... on so many points. Just how many wine coolers does one need to drink (even someone who claims not to have drank alcohol before) to be so intoxicated to have absolutely no recollection of having sex? You may have been drunk and been easy but not passed out to have been raped (or as she states 'stolen'). And what's with the logic (or lack thereof) to decide that if you've not lived up to your standards and promises to just continue to open those legs? I think not, the girl was just a slut (actually I guess it is a ho since she took all his gifts as a thank you).

    Not that I'm a McCain fan, and I'm sure Megan was a bit of a diva.... but to give any reasonable thought that Megan McCain would compare her family to the Palin's is absurd.... just exactly would she compare? Oh let's see... the McCain's have more wealth than the Palin's could even comprehend at the time, John is a well seasoned politician and veteran.... Palin's have none of that... yeah, nothing coming to mind that the McCain's would want to be compared to or have. More likely it's that she may have been comparing the two families about why they have nothing in common.

    The Palin's are well past their 15 minutes... America, wake up.

    June 21, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    "At 20-years-old, Bristol Palin already has a memoir...." REALLY?!? 20 years old? She knows absolutely nothing about life. REALLY!! Anyone who buys this book is a complete Idiot!

    June 21, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Kenny

    Being a God Mother does not grant guardianship you IDIOT.

    June 21, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Trollop. An old word but a good word.

    June 21, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. gino

    She's a trollop. Look it up.

    June 21, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. JST

    If you read this book, you will waste time of your life that will never come back to you...

    June 21, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Kahuna

    Required reading for the wackos by a wacko.

    June 21, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. MarineDad

    She can write?

    June 21, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. kim c

    She accepts responsibility for her actions about as well as her mother does.

    June 21, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Martin

    This family is too heavily overexposed, the whole family is only there to make bucks.

    Can we please see the end of them soon?

    June 21, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Indy

    So she is saying that Levi raped her basically, then she went steady with him as a security deposit. Sounds like her mother taught her how to lie very early in life. It is hard to blem this kid for the way she is but this family will do anything and lie about anything in the lust for fame and fortune. All you can do is hope all the children involved in this family are going to be safe. Her brother obviously found out the truth and decided violence was not needed and Bristol was not so innocent after all just a liar. No brother would have let that go if it unfolded the way Bristol lies about it, he would have pounded Levi if it were true so she is pretty much busted right there.

    June 21, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This woman and she is a woman now not a child, sounds insipid and unintelligent. A real chip off of the Sarah block.

    June 21, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Ginny Rideau

    OK – If she was "abstinence only" why was she taking birth control?

    June 21, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. scott

    sounds typical....of a palin. its not her fault....but the fact she got drunk on whine collors and levi johnston taking advantage of her...if thats the case call the police cause that is rape.....but she didnt do that, because she was a willing participant...then the older brother track, when he control the situation lets solve it with retribution...oh wait track palin is a nobody,,, so he needed violence. sounds so typical of the palin family.....blameless and retrobution...its amazing the family writes books, they cant even read. must be nice to have the conservative media write a book for you

    June 21, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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