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. H K

    Wow stupidity must run in the family

    June 22, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Indy

    Sure feels good to know the Obama family lives in the Whitehouse, and the Palins will never have a chance to make a mockery of the Presidency. This family has become the most hated family in America and they brought every bit of the hate on by themselves. The Palins are professional Grifters and always the victim, never in the wrong. John McCain I curse you !

    June 22, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Anonymous Cracka

    Sum Ting Wong, Nice duck. Let's not talk about the issue at hand, but use it as occasion to rag on the other side and hang blame on them. But for what? Liberals are bad people because the Palins love to air their dirty laundry? Typical conservative dodge to anything real or relevant.

    And, incidentally, if you've ever been to, or had anything to do with a run-down trailer park, you'd know that typically the white trash they are stocked to the nines with, are conservatives. In fact, the majority of what you might call "white trash" ARE conservatives. Angry, gun-toting, under-educated, miserable, broke, crack-addicted, meth-brewing conservatives of the sort that can't vote anymore because of their criminal records. The kind that believe everything the Palins say. I don't know what fantasy country you come from, that you think it is otherwise.

    You want to get the liberals riled up, you can find them in places of higher learning, or out trying to help people. I understand you think those are bad things and would not be caught associating with either, but there you go.

    June 22, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. John

    You can't steal something that she gave away. The one thing i can't understand Is why does Bristol Palin get so new worthily for having a baby out of wed lock. Why wood she write a book at her age anyway, and what should she tell anybody. the only thing she should tell anybody Is how to get drunk and have a baby. And anybody know she Isn't smart enough to write It herself. So way would anybody with any brain at all even buy this crap of a book anyway. I think the new need to stop putting this woman In the news all the Time. All you are doing Is making kid think It cool for having a baby out of wed lock. Pretty soon we going to have a lot of kid having baby because they think there going to get rich for doing It.

    June 22, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Brian

    Can't their spaceship come and pick this family up?

    June 22, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Patricia

    Wow.....hundreds of comments on Bristol. If you hate someone so much and you think she is an idiot, why do you even bother reading this story much less taking the time to comment and spew your venom?

    June 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. abby, texas

    Two words for Bristol: heifer dust -
    Sounds like she's trying to lay (pardon the word) blame on him alone - give me a break - she was drinking - she was camping with him and sharing his tent and expected nothing to happen????
    Yeah, right.
    You believe this I got a bridge to sell you....

    June 22, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Rob in MO

    I've seen more credible soap operas than this trash. Like mother, like daughter. Can't we send them all to a deserted desert island?

    June 22, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. DR907

    I have an idea, if you people hate her so much. STOP READING ABOUT HER.

    June 22, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. LOL

    ..........On wine coolers, seriously? Those only have .5 wonder the economy is on a slippery slope, people are more focused on the "white trash."

    June 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. John

    Bristol Palin = Snooki Light

    June 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Jack

    i can't believe Johnson could stoop so low as to date the dog.

    June 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Truth Teller

    Seriously? Take some personal responsibility for your actions and own up to your mistakes. Nothing was stolen for you, you were a willing participant. Stop acting like a victim.

    June 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. StormeeATL

    The book is probably just another shameless publicity ploy in her mom's blood lust for power. And just wait, first person who "dares" to say anything bad about the book or Bristol will incur the wrath of mama bear, even though if anyone is responsible for Bristol being out under the public microscope it is Sarah. It is astonishing that so many people thing SP is one of the best we have to offer, astonishing or a mere testament on how versed the right wing media propagandists are in brainwashing people

    June 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Mike

    There are two problems for Bristol. One her mother is Sarah Palin. Two she is listening to her mother. The rest of us, however have only one problem. Who cares about any of this garbage? We are all tired of seeing it and hearing it.

    June 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Jack

    Can anyone believe this woman being President. Dear God what has the happen to the USA, has it lost it's mind.

    June 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. UttamS

    Newt's charity will buy this book in bundles.

    June 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. maine liberal

    It is not stolen when you hand it out.

    She should sue the plastic surgeon that did her jaw and lips. she used to be a lot cuter

    June 22, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Leonid Brezhnev

    What a little slut. Take responsibility for your actions. You lie, just like your idiot mother. You're ugly, too.

    June 22, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. SSampson

    Bristol Palin Speaks – ummm barks.... and people care.....????

    The Palin brand is getting mighty annoying – and mighty scary...

    Memoirs are for people that have lived longer than 20 years – they are for people that actually have had worthwhile experiences, not just a fling with a 'Johnson'....

    June 22, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Sam

    Tell the truth you had sex with your boyfriend you liked it and you got caught out there. Don't try to make up some stupid black out story. Or that he stole your virginity you gave it to him. You won't be the first to do this you won’t be the last.

    June 22, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Epiphany

    Ugh, would the media stop putting this garbage in the news? Treating this horn-y teenager like she did something special? If its not one stupid thing about one Palin, its the other stupid thing about the other Palin. Read the posts – majority of the people are just damn annoyed about useless people like the Palins.

    June 22, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Dont ever let anyone in this family have anything more to do with our Government!

    June 22, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Frank Muro

    IThis idiot Palin wrote a memoir abut an event she can not remember... at 17? Gime a break...

    June 22, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

    Let's face it. At age 20 she can't dish on much of anything of any substance.

    But if her virginity was stolen, she was a willing participant in the theft. This notion of being drunk is the Palin way of thinking - to find a way to be the victim regardless of the circumstances. To avoid responsibility for one's actions.

    She willfully lied to her mother and went on an overnight camping trip. I guess she was surprised when they didn't play Trivial Pursuit.

    June 22, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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