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. Former Republican

    "It wasn't my fault, he stole it from me!" Just like a Palin, take no responsibility for your stupidity!

    June 21, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. GrogInOhio

    Who in the world keeps buying books written by these yokels??

    June 21, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. Larry King

    After reading this, I am left with an even higher opinion of Cindy and Meghan! This book is going to make Bristol look like "trailer trash."

    June 21, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. James Taylor

    What a petulant, hypocritical, ignorant and wanna be child. Who the heck she thinks she is, Sarah Palins daughter? OOPS she already is. Twenty and writing her memoir. Instead let me go and read Mother Teresa, Reagan and Kennedy's memoir.

    June 21, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Dave

    palin trash, don't waste money on books they write. its all about money for the Palins.

    June 21, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. Shelby

    “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”
    Lol! Sure Bristol. Would the moral standards of which you speak be the same ones that make you keep repeating the vulgar phrase “give the middle finger”? You wrote this in your book and also said it on DWTS. Stay classy, Bris.

    Oh, and we REALLY believe you when you speak of those moral standards you’ve got. Haha!

    June 21, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. Lenny Pincus

    My Gosh. What kind of evil mother would let a child do this? Sarah Palin is not only an execrable politician, she is a joke of a parent.

    June 21, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. COlady

    I'm willing to bet that Little Miss Bristol has as much trouble with the truth as her mama. She makes up her own.

    June 21, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Shelby

    Noticed you released to the press your book in which you trash Trip’s daddy ON FATHER’S DAY weekend! You palins just love sticking it to people, don’t cha! You are mean, ugly people. Go away.

    June 21, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    First, why do we care what this dumb girl has to say? She obviously didn't really listen to her mother (not that we should either). She admits that she consumed alcohol when she was underage; why shouldn't the police be after her and those that supplied the alcohol? Maybe beyond the statue of limitations, but it shows that the family breaks the law. That goes to character which I would not want in the White House.

    June 21, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Pete

    Pathetic – so sad for all involved – especially an immature mother who is the daughter of an immature mother – the apple does not fall far

    June 21, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. Carl

    Enough of the Palin's already. Their story is getting old. I will be glad when they ride off into the sunset back to nowhere.

    June 21, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. wil

    Nobody cares...your life is like your face...plastic and fake.

    June 21, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. bill

    Should be much better than uhbamas 'audacity of hate' book.

    June 21, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. Bill in Florida

    I got so far as the first paragraph in the article then had to stop to avoid vomiting.

    Has any Palin EVER taken responsibility for his/her actions?

    June 21, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Texas Doc

    Really? Who cares about the life of an unwed, single Mom who is the daughter of a half term Governor? They are representative of the worst we have to offer as a nation.

    June 21, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. kayray

    At twenty she's writing a memoir? How fascinating can that be? Wait another 30 years hon.

    June 21, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. TinMT

    The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. More vapid drivel from an insignificant person given celebrity status by the media.

    June 21, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Amazing, and sickening. Twenty years old, with a book of memoirs. This has got to be a new low, even for this extremely poor excuse for a family.

    June 21, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    Levi Johnston "stole" her virginity? Does this mean she left it unguarded in her overnight bag and he just took it? How ludicrous her statement is! Even as a 20-year-old mother and veteran of cosmetic surgery isn't she just a little young to think she could write a believable and meaningful memoir? (And if there is an "abstinence only" policy in the Palin home then why were younger sister Willow and her boyfriend trying to sneak upstairs to Willow's room in a scene from Mrs. Palin's reality program?) This grandma just can't help but wonder.

    June 21, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. Pete

    okay – the cindy mc cain comment is creepy

    June 21, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. chris

    Not afraid of your life so far? What an odd title....Let's see, you have plenty of money, notoriety and political connections. History has shown that you can do whatever you want and get away with it as long as you make all your excuses palatable to half the population by claiming the moral high ground while living the opposite. Really, what's there to be afraid of?

    June 21, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. Only Logic

    Man she really is just a hillbilly, isn't she? I live in Scottsdale, AZ and I bumped into her in a post office recently. We spoke briefly. She's a nice enough kid, but she's no Mensa candidate. On the other hand, it"s not like she has a lot going for her in terms of genetics. Poor, kid. Oh well, she's rich now so she'll be OK as long as she stays out of politics.

    June 21, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. rehrca528

    this girl is just like her mom. All she wants to do create controversy, sell some books and make money. There is not an once of decency in this family.

    June 22, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. D Grant

    Who knew she was alive a few short years ago and who cared?

    June 22, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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