Deer In The Headlights

Deer In The Headlights

My Life In Sarah Palin's Crosshairs

Book - 2011
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Best known as Bristol Palin's baby daddy and Sarah Palin's favorite whipping boy, Levi Johnston sets out to clear his name and--with any luck--end his run as Alaska's most hated man.

Promising hockey player and Governor Palin's almost son-in-law, Levi Johnston was eighteen when Palin became the vice presidential nominee. His unique place as Bristol's live-in boyfriend provided him a true insider's view of what was going on behind closed doors. And how Sarah's public views were often at odds with her home values. It makes it all the more curious that Sarah eventually turned her anger directly on Levi, after losing her ticket to the White House
After being bullied, lied about, and outspent in the courts when he attempted to bond with his new son, Tripp, Levi Johnston now is ready to set the record straight.
Deer in the Headlights is a poignant, at times very funny, and fascinating tale of a boy thrust into the media spotlight and now figuring out how to be an adult and a dad. Johnston, ever honest, had a unique window into Palintology at a critical time; he sat in the family's living room and paid attention. Not bitter and never petty, Levi shares his story.
As Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC so aptly put it: "I love that kid. He's honest, he's straightforward, he's not embarrassed."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451651652
Branch Call Number: B JOHNSTON
Characteristics: 289 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,23 cm


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Dec 10, 2011

I've never been a diehard Palin gossip obsessive, but over the years it's been hard to avoid all the tidbits about Bristol and Levi. I thought this book at the least would be amusing - and luckily Levi and his ghost writers have come up with exactly that - an amusing and sometimes surprisingly insightful quick read.

Ultimately, Levi's no perfect angel - a high school drop out who's done his best to support his child in light of the drama and hoopla around the Palin family. If anything, this book has stoked my interested in following the dynamic between Sarah and Bristol Palin - hopefully some day Bristol will write her own tell all, hopefully telling that horrible "Mommy Sarah" off once and for all.

Oh, and Bristol and Levi's child Tripp wasn't a surprise - Bristol voiced her want for a child, and Levi notes that he wasn't really paying attention to the particulars. Thus Sarah Palin's spinning of the child as a teenage accident is a load of crap - I had a laugh when Levi describes how Bristol mentioned Sarah wanted her to develop a career speaking for teen abstinence, and Bristol had to ask what abstinence was.

Oct 17, 2011

Surprisingly good book. It seems Levi truly loved Bristol, but Sarah's run for the vice presidency, politics and power got in the way. Quick, easy read.


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