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. David

    Does anyone really care what a loose teenager has to say? I don't.

    June 22, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  2. oneyedjack

    Ah, yes, Palindrome – destined to become the longest running "reality" show in the World! Isn't life grand in Palinville?

    June 22, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  3. Enitan

    Let me get this right, she got pregnant out of wedlock while in high school, but because her mother is a Republican and of course she is not African American, she is now been sensationalized in the media?

    What a hypocrisy and double standard is that?

    So we still wonder, why our society is a butt of joke to others.

    Glad i raised mine right, college graduate, heading to medical school, still a virgin even though her father and i divorced while she was 5 years old, worked 2 jobs making less than $50,000.

    Will not pay a nickle to read such book from an unwed high school mother, whose mother's political party preaches family values

    What a crock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  4. MoeL

    Drama Queen at best. I do not believe a thing this person has to say. Tired of her Boo Hoo rants.

    June 22, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  5. blf83

    Really!? Who cares to hear from a 20-yr-old who does not have a story except that her shrill banshee of a mother was plucked from obscurity by an old man from Arizona?

    June 22, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  6. Jay

    Ok. On this picture she looks like she is 30. So now she thinks she is virtually old enogh to have a memoir! Hmm, ah, an immature "20" year old with a memoir? BTW, McCain (mother) said what she said because she realized Bristol's stupidity and immaturity and need for mature help!

    June 22, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. noteabags

    Memoirs of a 20-year-old. What a joke.

    June 22, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  8. Barry from Wisconsin

    Who in the world would buy her book? She has not lived long enough to have a life story. I suppose the audience is the same one that thinks her mother is worth noticing (the one who could not name what paper she read for current information).

    June 22, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Please remove this post from the political ticker, and move it under Entertainment- where it belongs.

    June 22, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  10. Kudzu Palin

    Wow, those Palin women sure know how to make a buck, don't they?

    June 22, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  11. His Boy Elroy

    She is the loose, facially deformed daughter of a bad mother... and I think it is sad that she has to write a response to the father of their love child. Poor girl. Life should leave her alone.

    June 22, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  12. Diana

    Schlocky 'Paten Place' stuff, kid. Blame the other person. That person you are so highly critical of is the father of your child.
    You are turning into your mother. She has become a laughing stock in the eyes of most Americans and Canadians.
    You have your life ahead of you. Don't destroy it.

    June 22, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  13. Louis in Wisc.

    Tell me how in any way shape or form is the Political news???? Some 16 yr. gets knocked up, is not married and writes a book that nobody will read or buy and it makes your "POLITICAL" news. With the shape this country is in I'm sure there are way more important things to report than this useless kid.

    June 22, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. Obama

    Nobody cares about your life, or your moms.

    June 22, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Tia

    Why would anyone read her book, much less believe a word that's in it? This is the girl that couldn't keep her own legs shut yet felt she was qualified to lecture to other teenagers about abstinence. Poor little attention whore like her mother and probably dreams of being the same level of trash as the Kardashians.

    June 22, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  16. Bimmy

    Jesus, could these bumpkins milk any more of the spotlight? How many Republican dimwits does it take to keep sending cash to the Lisdsay Lohans of politics?

    June 22, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. Cfrench

    Just another stupid teenage girl, no surprise given who her parents are. Nothing was her fault, it was the wine coolers, it was this, it was that. She was baught with baubles and trinkets. What a bimbo.

    Part of growing up is learning to take responsibility, a trait I highly doubt little Bristol will attain given her mother hasn't and she's in her 40's.

    June 22, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. fronko 123

    You got to be an idiot just buying a book of no meaning, who is she, what is she. is she famous what or this is just another book on GU,GU, GA,GA.PU, PU.WE WE kid stuff.

    June 22, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  19. Marissa

    Not buying this piece of tripe. How silly and how sad she calls the father of her child a gnat. Though I have no admiration for Levi , how is her son going to see the insults to her dad. Sad day when we make a girl who has done nothing but get pregnant and be a so called advocate become a celebrity like this.

    June 22, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  20. winnie materson

    She has a memoir?! Do you suppose she's read it? Anyhow, this poor girl hasn't yet realized that her 15-minutes of fame is up and that the clock is now ticking on Mommy.

    June 22, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  21. cecilia

    and we care about this kid for what reason exactly????? I am surprised she can write, oh she probably had someone do that and she just rambled out the story. the palins have trashed America with their sleazy stories and I am sick of all of them.

    June 22, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  22. hq211acr

    And yet, another NON news story concerning a family member that very few have much interest in.

    June 22, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. Tam

    And all this stuff is for everyone to know? No shame?z Are the sentences coherent? or "as written with..." God, what the GOP and McCain unleashed on us. And now we can't wash it off!

    June 22, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Tam

    On birth control at 17.... nice.

    June 22, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  25. Rich

    Wow! She must have had GREAT parents.

    June 22, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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