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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
In "Boys Will Be Boys" Shailey Tripp proves, with copies of documents and lists of names, that her arrest for prostitution and her introduction to that business had roots in the heart of a famous celebrity "family man." One day after standing next to Sarah Palin as she was sworn in as Alaska's first female governor, this "First Dude" was flirtatiously emailing with a young single mom, Shailey Tripp,and saying "You light up my life." What transpired in the weeks, months and years (2006-2010) that followed did not light up her life in return. Guided by a powerful man into the darkness of selling sex, Ms. Tripp has set herself free and is telling her story. The truth will continue to set her free, and she honestly spills the agonizing, humiliating, and depressing details of life as Todd Palin's commodity. Interstate sex trafficking is no joke. The names she names and emails she released prove this woman means business. In the current political climate of taking away women's rights, Ms. Tripp should become an icon for having the courage to stand up and say "I'm not going to let men define who and what I am and what I do." Once you read it, pass it on. This book belongs in libraries, homeless shelters, and women's clinics where it can speak to those who find themselves enslaved by any unhealthy behaviors, limited by losses or disabilities, or injured by the cruelty of others, as the author once was.
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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
Ms Tripp opens up and tells the story that few who stumble and fall into the hard life of a prostitute--what happened,how she got there,who guided to this path.The fact that it was Todd Palin,known as Alaska's "First Dude",is documented with emails and lists.Ms Tripp was a single,struggling, working mother of special needs children,when this man she thought she could trust nudged,pushed,and coerced her into this life.
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
Ms. Tripp shows incredible courage and bravery in the telling of a very painful, true story. She was mistreated, exploited and manipulated by Todd Palin, the Alaska Police Department and several media outlets. Although she passed several polygraph tests and has solid evidence, they tried to discredit her and shut down her down at every turn. Ms. Tripp readily admits she made mistakes. But she did what she had to because of her love for her disabled children. No woman should be treated the way the she has been treated, even if they have made some bad choices in their lives. She bravely stands up for herself in this book and should be commended for that..

I hope this book and this story get the recognition and coverage it deserves. Her story is shocking, sad and empowering to women, all at the same time.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect but Shailey's story blew me away. I also didn't think it was possible for me to feel more contempt for the Palins' than I already do but this tripled it at the very least. Todd is a snake, lower than dirt, taking advantage of a mother of two disabled children, using her for sex and then "referring" his friends and business associates to her. What really rocked me was hearing that she was not the only woman he had done this to. Shailey met several others who had been recruited by Todd. He used to run ads on Craigslist and was so very familiar with the lifestyle that he already knew what words to use as code to indicate special services, etc. She talks about how he deposited $350 in her account one month for seeing six of his friends and how he suddenly expected her to now service him for free! The number of clients increased but the money remained the same. I know many of us have often wondered how the Palins afforded the lifestyle they had, their toys and vacation homes, not to mention buying their third home in Alaska within 15 years of marriage while Sarah had only worked making a decent salary for 1/3 of those years. Four children in Alaska is not inexpensive but now we know how they made ends meet. Sarah may have not known just how he made his extra money back then but she certainly does now. It's more than enough to trigger an IRS investigation.

Todd was also a whiny, needy, insecure little boy who needed to be reassured about his sexual prowess, his size and ability to please Shailey. He also had some wierd requests that Shailey went along with in order to provide for her kids. I can't imagine how Shailey got through this and came out whole but she did and my heart goes out to her. Shailey names many of the people who were clients, including quite a few who were present at her arrest. I wondered why they let her off so easy, I'd say there was someone working behind the scene to make sure this didn't go to court with her telling all about how she was set up by Palin in front of a judge. When Shailey moved to Anchorage and in with a man she had been seeing, she tried to leave this life behind but Todd was obviously keeping tabs on her as she realized when she ran into him two months later. He knew where she lived, what she did, where she went and was obsessed with getting her back into the life of prostitution in order to boost his own income. Shailey also provides further proof that Sarah was not pregnant at any time in 2008 and stupid Sarah never able to keep her mouth shut mentioned that "her masseuse" started the rumors about her not being pregnant, admitted to having been seen by Shailey.

If there's any doubt as to how the name Tripp came to be, I think Levi may have suggested it as he ran into Todd sneaking out of the spa via the back door and had an argument out in the parking lot in the summer of '07. Every time Sarah hears the name Tripp, what does she think? What does Bristol think, knowing her son's name was influenced by the last name of a mother of two disabled children that her father abused sexually and profited from by peddling her services to others? What a sick and disturbed family the Palins' are!

This book answered quite a few questions for me and proves we dodged quite a bullet when McCain/Palin were defeated in '08. I also think that if nothing else has, it guarantees there will be no future political positions for Sarah unless she were to divorce Todd. However, he knows where all her skeletons are buried, so that's not likely to happen. The biggest question is did Sarah know just how Todd made all that extra money they had on a regular basis? Her silence tells me she did and she's not going to say a word about it now. She's hoping this will go away but it's time for all of us to make sure the media doesn't overlook this completely as they have everything else about this crazy family.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
Shailey demonstrates such raw and unflappable courage in her dark journey. She emerges as a beautiful polished gem. Strong and confident in her beliefs of a system that has been gaming young desperate mothers universally, she does not back away from the truth even though the odds are mightily against her in the Palin's Alaska. She just keeps plodding onward and manages to hold her children at bay from the cruelties of the world. She somehow manages to escape the reality of her past decisions and embraces a new beginning. Art, photography, and writing inspire her. So she just does it. She continues schooling and the elusive B.A. is just around the corner for her future path.
She demonstrates consciousness for others in her ongoing endeavors. I respect the "pay it forward" wisdom and caring. That works for me concerning domestic abuse and violence.
I hope that readers find the opportunity to hear a real narrative of hope and loving altruism in her book.
Hopefully, there will be more from Shailey Tripp to follow. And I know she will do it with grace and insight.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
I found the book both fascinating and disturbing. First, that Todd Palin has been able to get away with this behavior with not so much as a slap on the wrist, protecting his "good old boy" image...disturbs me.
The detailed accounts of their trysts leaves the reader with ZERO DOUBT of the story's validity.
I commend Shailey on her bravery, and I simply hope that this story gets out into mainstream media.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
This book needs to go mainstream. Todd Palin was the shadow governor of Alaska, as depicted in previous books. Now, Ms Tripp exposes that he is also a pimp. He is involved in illegal activities. He is not the upstanding Christian husband Sarah Palin wants you to believe he is. Thank you Shailey for your truthfulness. Hopefully, the Palins will be exposed for their horrible shenanigans and will be punished. Sarah Palin should not be given any forum to influence the American populace ever again. The best revelation in the book is that Sarah Palin stated on a medical form that she was not pregnant in March 08, was able to lie flat on her stomach for a massage and did not look pregnant when on her back or standing!. Nor did Shailey feel a fetus in Sarah's abdomen when she was massaging her abdomen. How can that possibly be??
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
Finally, we learn what the National Enquirer was afraid to say; what Todd Palin has never denied; what Sarah Palin's lawyer tried to cover up by asking the Anchorage Police Department to issue a false press release to the National Enquirer. Todd Palin WAS reported by William Fortier as coming and going from Shailey Tripp's place of business. The Anchorage Police Department's records confirmed that. Yet the APD declared that there "was not one scintilla of evidence" implicating Todd Palin in the house of prostitution.

In a compelling non-fiction account of the manipulation by Todd Palin of Shailey Tripp, Ms. Tripp reveals intimate details of the tragic story of her life and her sexual relationship with Todd Palin. Poor and destitute, Shailey Tripp lived in a public restroom with her two disabled children. She was so poor that were times when she didn't have enough money for toilet paper or sanitary napkins. This is the story of a predator taking advantage of a single mother who had lost all hope and turned to prostitution as the only alternative available to provide for her children. It is also the story of corruption in the state and federal governments in Alaska. Every man and woman in the country should read this account of the man who could have been the "First Dude" of America. Every Alaskan should be aware of the level of corruption in Alaska, and work to address this intolerable exploitation of both men and women.

If Shailey Tripp is brave enough to write this book, each of us should be brave enough to read it.

Malia Litman
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
WOW! Shailey Tripp does an excellent job providing a detailed, horrifying look at the sex for hire political racket run by Todd Palin before, during, and after his wife was Governor of Alaska. Todd Palin apparently provided sexual services through Sahiley and many other men and women for his political and corporate cronies, even trafficking prostitutes across stare lines for the purpose of winning federal contacts and entertaining his friends.
Todd Palin took advantage of Shailey, a single mom of two disabled kids, and lured her into a sordid world, while playing the "First Dude" of Alaska. Shailey's tale is riveting , heartbreaking , and finally redeeming....a must read!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
The author is also another witness that Sarah Palin was not pregnant in 2008 with Trig as she wants everyone to believe.
Sarah had a massage 6 weeks before the sopposed birth date of Trig Palin and the witness who gave the massage notes Sarah was not pregnant and Palin herself said she was not pregnant and wanted her abdoman massaged because it was still sore from the Lipo injections she had a few weeks before in order to ger rid of fat.
Sarah Palin is a grifter, but her husband should be investigated.
Shailey names some of the "clients" who are friends and business asssociates of Todd Palin and a few are cops and FBI agents.
What journalist will help expose this illegal and devastating behavior? Here is another example of how women are blamed and shamed for bad boy behavior and how the woman is arrested but not the johns.
Shailey Tripp is a brave woman and I support her 100%. I purchased both her books.

@Jeanabella
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