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. Katie

    Thank you for the summary. I know enough, no need to spent my money on this rubbish. Her new look is rather unsettling. She was much cuter before her corrective jaw surgery.

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

    Levi has a charge for Defamation now, as she is claming he raped her in her book.

    June 22, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. JC

    Wait. Memoirs are written in the golden years of a person's life.

    Does that mean she's checking out? Or is she getting Alzheimer's and needs to get it on paper before whatever it is might be gone forever?

    June 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. shuley

    I cannot wait to buy this book – I think they'll have it at the Dollar Tree..

    June 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. 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. Fits with the Palin nature to talk badly about others that have not criticized you (McCain’s). That is why I call them the ungracious Blamin's. There’s a sitcom name in there somewhere.

    June 22, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. mike kerns

    Where was her mother and did Sarah even know her daughter was camping out with alcohol and drugs OK with her?

    June 22, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. pc

    bristal looks old an deformed! what is she trying to do, look just like her mother with all those added years to her face. this is a shame that this young girl had no up-bringing and has done this to herself at such a young age. sarah palin should be ashamed!!!!

    June 22, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. KevinM

    Here's Bristol Palin's book in a nutshell... I'm a white trash idiot, The End!!

    June 22, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    She is as phony and stupid as her Mother....just as fake with all her plastic surgery too.

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Jill

    She looks awful. When people mess with their face, it's not good. Dont mess with the first thing people see. Get lipo or something. Shes' too young to do that to herself.

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. thisisforhatemail

    Hey about saying NO? Then you could have kept your precious "morals" instead of being a slutty gold-digger.

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. George

    You are simply white trash bristol. And nobody but your mothers idiot followers believe a word of this bunk you and your mother both like to spew. You suck and your mother should have the night you were conceived.

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. val

    I am sure all the REPUBLICANS can't wait to buy it. Sorry Bristol your family is not good enough to be a role model!

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Tam

    Stolen? She gave it away - a few times over. Pathetic.

    June 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Realitychecker

    Let's see if I understand, she got drunk and ended up unwillingly giving up her virginity then conceived. Hmmmmmmm, sorry I don't buy it. Keep trying though, lot's of right wingers out there believe anything.

    June 22, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Chuck

    So let me get this straight, her virginity was stolen and she did not know what happened, yet she was on birth control????? That does not add up. Why are you on birth control, if you're not going to sleep with someone???

    Those Alaskans be smoking that pure w**d, because both her and her mom are on something!!! Nothing that comes out of their mouths makes any sense.

    June 22, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. tired

    shades of jerry springer.!

    June 22, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Whywhy

    And why are we talking about the Palins again?

    June 22, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Jackie

    Bristol should have told her former high school classmates not to tell her business to reporters. Bristol had been having sex long before she met Levi and after Levi. Bristol was known as the loose girl anybody could hit on for sex and yes a teenage alcoholic. But like Mother like Daughter lies work every time. Sarah was pregnant when she got married and so was Bristol grandmother. It's a family thing for the girls to fool around use religion and get married and cover up. Bristol was allowed to have her teenage boyfriend live in her house and share her room, enough said. Sarah as had more affairs then you can count and she holds up that Christian Family Values shield to make people think she's got class. Well once a whore always a whore and even the good Rev. Huckabee can't change that.

    June 22, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Rick

    Bristol Palin is a pathological liar like her mother. They're just a bunch of media whores making the most of their 15min of fame. We should pray that the Palins quit on life just like Sara quit on the state of Alaska. Sara is a corrupt politician that was found guilty by mostly republican lawmakers of abusing her powers and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. We should toss this lot from our country, they’re not Americans, they’re just a bunch of liars and cheats.

    June 22, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. deejcnn

    What an exemplary family... mom gives up governorship 'coz she 'shot to fame' being the worst VP candidate ever... and wanted fast money writing books and on TV... daughter wanted to make every bit of that 'fame' by showcasing her capability of sleeping around and giving birth while on a pill.. and hoping to fool a big section of 'conservative' people who want to pay for her memoirs (at age 20!!). Most hilarious is, her mom STILL aspires to run for the Prez election of the US.... and this is a conservative right wing family!

    Something is reallly wrong here with our people, values and shamelessness... how should we deal with such hipocrites to start with (even before assessing political view points of the still politically-ambitious mom, whom a lot still think as dumb as ever)! I think Palin should be just happy making whatever $$ she can till it lasts... and dont interrupt that streak with a Prez. bid!

    June 22, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Robin

    Oh pul-eeze! Who cares about the sordid details of this girl/woman's rite of passage? Not that I give a rat's behind about Levi Johnston but isn't this a private matter? These people are Trailer Trash through and through. The whole lot of them.

    June 22, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. JC

    What a pile of stuff we've all stepped in.

    June 22, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Steve

    Same as her mom, a complete lack of ability to take responsibility for your own actions. She is delusional and revisionist, rewriting her own history at 20 just to make herself feel better about her train wreck of a life.

    Welcome to the real world Bristol, where some mistakes you make stick with you.

    June 22, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Robert - Atlanta

    What a nasty little tramp! She’s just like her Mother, always blaming someone else for HER bad choices. She went “camping” with a boy, she got drunk and nature took care of the rest! For once, I’d like to see a Palin or any GOP slim ball take responsibility for their actions. The republicans have ruined most of this country and are now trying to finish destroying the middle class! Walk up people or we’ll be back to slavery and indentured servants!

    June 22, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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