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. lisztlover91

    Stolen Virginity? I almost died laughing. Bristol, you are a white trash harlot who got knocked up out of wedlock just like your mother.Maybe with that new plastic jaw you can start a career charging Alaskan truck drivers like your baby daddy for fellatio

    June 22, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Before and After

    Look at the face in the accompaning picture. She denies having plastic surgery.

    Took an abstence pledge until the big night (it wasn't her fault, right?), then went on to have more sex with Levi after he 'showered her wiuth expensive gifts'. So, what happened to the abstenece pledge, was tossing it not her fault also?

    June 22, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. bb

    HOW MUCH PLASTIC SURGERY has she had? The last round of photos didn't look like her. Now this round looks nothing like the last round. Did Mama Grizzly sign off on the operation papers? What a warped family this is.

    June 22, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. nagrom

    OMG!!!! She was so upset she slept with him continuously there after to say Thank You!!!! OMG!!! Is that what they call raw sex these days?? Security deposits!!! LOL

    June 22, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. V

    I can't stand the entire family and wouldn't read this book if you paid me, however how else is this girl supposed to make money at this piont? she is now a "celebrity" and can't just go off and get a normal job personally I think she enjoys the spotlight and isn't as shy as she claims to be. she likes the money and the fame. she's already had plastic surgery on her face at 19? what's next?? I wish they would all go away but her 15 minutes are not up yet......

    June 22, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. nagrom

    And Sarah gave her birth control pills to be sure she practiced abstinence??? Who is lying here?

    June 22, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Alex

    How can you "steal" something that's now for sale? And...WHAT is wrong with her face???

    June 22, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Blue19

    So she didn't plan on having sex but was on birth control. Apparently Mommy Dearest neglected to explain you don't need to latter if you don't do the former.

    June 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Buzzwad

    By the way she looks in the picture; she was rode hard and put away wet!

    June 22, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. ecmomma

    Is it normal for a teenager, who plans to have sex AFTER marriage to be on birth control? Is it normal for her first time to go that quickly....since she didn't remember it, I'm thinking there was no pain?

    June 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Wes B.

    Let me publish my memoirs, appear on DWTS, and go around the country looking for the spotlight....but please, media, leave me alone!!

    June 22, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Stolen? Noone in the history of the world has ever had their virginity "stolen" except in rape cases. It is nothing that can be stolen. You either consent or it's rape. You cannot suggest that you didn't lie down, open your legs, and enjoy the moment "honey"!! This family is truly mental, with an apology to those who truly have a psychiatric diagnosis.

    June 22, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Joe S

    Trash begets trash! When will Americans have enough of this dysfunctional family? Our stupidity just keeps them laughing at us all the way to the bank. At least they provide us with a few laughs.

    June 22, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. littletingod

    I'm going to write a book about how I wipe my ass after taking a dump. It's got to be at least as good a best seller as this.

    June 22, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. John

    Another day another CNN liberal bias jab at the Palin Family.

    June 22, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. ja

    recycled garbage, who cares, glorified teenage pregnacy, in the inner city it is taboo, you have just glorified the woman funky behavior, i thought she had this self gratifying title as and evangelical christian, well who da hell is buying this book, as americans we purchase lots of garbage

    June 22, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. sugartaste81

    She looks a lot older than thinks she's had more than a "few wine coolers" in her lifetime.

    June 22, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. bdgfn

    Who the heck cares about her, her life, or her pathetic family? When will the media get it through their thick skulls the vast majority of us just plain don't give a damm.

    June 22, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. jross

    LOL! Every single post on here is either bashing Bristol or the Palins in general and a majority of them are carrying on about how this single unwed mother has no business writing a memoir, how she's a tramp, how she wasn't raised right, blah, blah, blah, and yet every single one of you took time out of your busy lives to read the article. I think her book will do just fine because obviously there's some interest there! Too funny!

    June 22, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. bozone

    What "Party Palin" in the meth capitol of the state.. has a 'forgetful" moment?? Just more spin.. this party girl was slamming lines and chugging it down from the get go.. the only reason sarah had to step up and claim the child was her's was a stat rape prosecution of the kid's father if he claimed it.. Of course by that time Sara had slammed so much meth while pregnant the kid ended up brain damaged..

    June 22, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. notdrunkenoughforthis

    trash, raised trash, who slept with trash, then all wrote books about more trash. hmmm yeah.. I'm not drunk enough for this!

    June 22, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. nightfatty


    June 22, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. VT Citizen

    This piece of "literature" seems to be a complete work of fiction.

    June 22, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Becky

    For the Palins it's all about the $$$. Of course she is NOT to blame for her pregnancy both are responsible. She needs to go back to her tent in Alaska and quit telling these lies. Guess like Mother Like Daughter. The fool!!

    June 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Liv

    Oh, PULLLEEESE. There is absolutely nothingthis woman has to say. Who cares anyway?????? The whole Palin family is disfunctional. Ugh.......

    June 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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