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. Marty

    Bristol really stole my virginity what a joke so then you just said oh well might as well sleep with him every night wooohooo.
    Who is she kidding, unless you were raped the fact that he is a jerk doesn't mean he stole anything honey you gave it away and you look ridiculous by the way.

    June 22, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Birdsong

    "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."
    So she drank to the point of total unconsciousness? On wine coolers? I don't believe it for a second. You would have to be practically under general anesthesia, prepped for surgery, to not remember losing your virginity. Maybe if she had guzzled down many, many shots of straight vodka or something... But wine coolers during a romantic evening? – I think not.

    June 22, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Stefanie Fletcher

    We are in the middle of many crises.. why does anyone care what she has been through at the age of 20? I don't mean to discount her story and yet, it just seems so bizarre!

    June 22, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Kwesoe

    John McCain, why did you do this to America? We were a happy and relaxed citizenry until you introduced the Palin family to us. They have become a curse on us. They bring out the worst in all of us as the comments above prove. Why don't you adopt them, senator and give them that house in Panama?

    June 22, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. cf

    She has all the charm and sophistication a rejected cast member of Jersey Shore.

    June 22, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    Trending: Day 2 – Bristol Palin's memoirs hit remainders tables.

    June 22, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. What a joke!

    I wish this family would just disappear and go back to playing banjos outside their log cabin.

    June 22, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Mutt

    Geez....will these people ever shut up & quit humiliating theirselves publicaly? All I can say is, like mother, like daughter.

    June 22, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. x-bo

    these palins appear to be 100% trash- which their actions continue to validate...

    June 22, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Staceyann Dolenti

    We are never going to curb the problem of teen pregnancy if girls continue to blame boys. Unless he tied you up and poured the wine coolers down your throat then don't blame someone else for the mistakes you've made Bristol.
    Staceyann Dolenti

    June 22, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Gin

    She might take a bit of money to the bank with her book, but she's still a lying(laying) on her back loser. =) The plastic surgeon who did her reconstruction should be sued, she'll make more money from that than she will the book.

    June 22, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. clarke

    Wow, some article about this book. I will not be buying this book that is for sure. This whole group is way to much for me, I think they should go on Dr. Phil, they need help.

    June 22, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. The_Mick

    How very sad that people have so little excitement or other things to do that they give a rats @ss about this silver-spoon high school dropout. Not afraid of life? Not when mom is a multi-millionaire and can get you on a dance show, get you paid big bucks to speak, etc. How about a book about a poor girl who gets pushed aside because lower-qualified but children of rich people get the positions and jobs that should by right have gone to them?

    June 22, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Staceyann Dolenti

    Another lesson young girls should learn from Bristol besides not going on overnight camping trips w/ boys while still a teenager is just because you're getting plastic surgery doesn't mean it's going to make you look better. She now looks like Snookie and Snookie is much better looking. Staceyann Dolenti

    June 22, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Howard

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE for the love of all that is important in this country can the Palin's just GO AWAY, enough already!

    June 22, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. glory hog

    someone, anyone, please put a plug in everyone named Palin who resides in Alaska.

    This girl is not a role model, she's an attention whore.

    June 22, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. JK

    love it; a great American love story.

    June 22, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. I-Burn

    Most of the comments I have read were absolutely vicious. What is wrong with you people? Ever considered extending even a little bit of compassion to someone who, admittedly, has made some mistakes? Especially since with most of you, your real beef is the girls mother! I would challenge every one of you that spewed forth such venom to ask yourselves if you would make the same comments about your own child (whether they were true or not), or any other children you know personally...

    June 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. AZ Wildcat

    Brisket Palin's memoir... I just want to know how much alcohol it took for Levi to hit that homely tuna.

    June 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. mary

    Sooooo.......She is just like mama....
    It's always some one else's fault.. ? She was ambushed? set up? blameless?
    Wow... Very bad quality in people when the CAN NOT accept responsibility... The fact Bristol is coming up with the same crapola, Makes "mama' even more to worry about.. It's the theme.. A genetic thing, a learned thing?
    To always blame others? Not good...not good at all..

    June 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. cecilia

    memoir – really memoir?? who gives a tinker's dam – obviously there is no level to which this family will not sink.
    I can only believe they will do anything for money with total disregard to anything close to class, integrity or truth
    I think John McCain owes America a sincere apology

    June 22, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. MaryAnn in VA

    A lady should never tell her business to just any and everybody. Everything you wrote will one day be known to your son...for goodness sake be quiet and move on with your life. Rasing your son should be your all consuming goal.

    June 22, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Madtown

    What the heck happened to her face? That is not good work at all. Yikes...

    June 22, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    God almighty. She looks like someone smacked her in the face with a frying pan in that picture. What a horrifying thing to do to yourself.

    June 22, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. J

    Ginny wins the best comment award! Why bother being on birth control if you're practicing abstinence???? Bingo! Bristol is a big fat liar!

    June 22, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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