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The oldest daughter of Sarah Palin and single mother goes beyond the headlines, offering readers an inside look at her life, her world, and the things that matter most, including her family and the faith that keeps her centered. When her mother became the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, Bristol Palin was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, becoming the focus of intense public and national media scrutiny at the age of seventeen.

In Not Afraid of Life, Bristol gives readers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life for the first time, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother’s political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with her baby’s father crumbled publicly—not once, but twice. Bristol talks about the highs and lows of her appearance on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, including the aching hours of practice, the biting criticisms, and the thrill of getting to the show’s finals. She speaks candidly of her aspirations for the future and the deep religious faith that gives her strength and inspiration. Plainspoken and disarmingly down to earth, Bristol offers new insight and understanding of who she is and what she values most.

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I fished in the Mat-Su Borough from a young age. Here I am on a fishing trip with my grandfather at Willow Creek. After an interview near the Statue of Liberty I was the only student to accept a diploma while wearing baby puke on my dress. Piper is dressed up in my graduation gown while I hold Tripp and McKinley looks on. One of the most challenging parts of competing on Dancing with the Stars was not being able to hang out with Tripp as much as I wanted to! His on-set visits energized me. Our home overlooks Lake Lucille, which freezes completely solid during the winter. Tripp is learning how to ice-skate on this cold day. Maybe one day he’ll follow in my brother Track’s steps and become a great hockey player!


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“She writes convincingly, and humbly, of how she was able to move beyond her feelings of shame and Hester Prynne-like social ostracism.” (Washington Post)

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062089374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062089373
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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238 of 305 people found the following review helpful By Texasgoldengirl on June 30, 2011
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Bristol has always seemed to me to be a spunky, earnest young woman, so I was expecting this book to be an interesting read with some self-reflection and life lessons that would be helpful to American teens. I can't express in words how disappointed I was after reading it. As many others have commented, Bristol refuses to take responsibility for ANY of the bad decisions she made and seems clueless about how basically calling Levi a date rapist will effect his relationship with his son in the future. Yes, Levi seems like a jerk, but he is still her son's father and like attracts like so why was she with him so long? Her version of the story is not only completely self-serving, but it doesn't ring true. Bristol's credibility is further damaged by how she paints herself as the innocent victim in every situation. Everyone's out to get her and her family. It was extremely tiresome by the end of the book. This was a book filled with whining, complaining, and grievances galore. Bristol assumes the absolute worst about everyone she encounters, yet wants the reader to assume the best about her. I could understand it if having her child had truly destroyed a promising future she had in the works, but in reality she's been rewarded with riches and opportunities other 20 year olds could only dream of. I can't help but worry about Sarah Palin's other kids and what lesson they are learning about the consequences that come from bad decisions. Why wouldn't they also take the easy road to fame and fortune just like their big sister? Shame on Bristol, her ghostwriter and her mom, if she had anything to do with the content of this book. And shame on America for bestowing unearned celebrity on a young lady who clearly is not appreciative or mature enough to handle it.Read more ›
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252 of 336 people found the following review helpful By L Goodman-Malamuth VINE VOICE on June 22, 2011
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Corinne Quayle, Tricia Nixon, Sarah Gore, the Agnew girls (Pamela, Susan, and Kimberly), Jennifer and Judith Kemp... all of them, any of them, and other Vice Presidential candidates' daughters must be limp with relief that Mummy didn't find a ghostwriter and publisher to put out a book this sleazy, and so early in a young woman's life.

Bristol Palin professes many things in her life: that her parents gave her a "purity ring" in adolescence (a sure-fire applause line for one of her mother's speeches, had she used it, which she hasn't), that she has had only one sex partner at the age of twenty ("one too many," as Nancy French writes). After being put on birth-control pill at age fifteen, she says, to relieve menstrual cramps, Bristol woke up "cold in a tent" after passing out from too many wine coolers and losing her virginity; and that the young man to whom she announced her betrothal not once but twice is "a gnat." Oh, and that she felt she had to "watch her back" in the presence of Meghan McCain. Bristol's many, many grievances--such as why her family did not routinely fly first-class when her mother was, briefly, governor of Alaska, or why the McCains owned so much Louis Vuitton luggage and had more hairdressers at hand during the 2008 campaign--take up most of this book. And from the foreword by Theodore Roosevelt, the person who actually reads this book has to wonder how much of it Bristol herself read. It also appears to be a catch-all for grievances accumulated by her mother since the publication of Sarah Palin's ghost-written "Going Rogue."

"'Wow!' said my mom," pointing out that the "Dancing With the Stars" finals garnered more viewers than Keith Olbermann, whom Bristol says, "has seemed to disappear, and is more irrelevant than ever.
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438 of 586 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2011
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Bristol comes across as a very spoiled, paranoid child seeking attention. At every turn, Bristol speaks of the "wrongs" done to her mother & herself. Don't waste your time. It's all about blaming others with no personal accountability.
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206 of 275 people found the following review helpful By Truth Seeker on June 22, 2011
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IMO, Bristol proves herself to be a self serving, very loose girl. Her book is just like her Mom's book, full of lies, with an overall mean girl tone. Bristol proves herself to be uneducated, even in the terms of a high school graduate. I will never let my teens read this trash.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ltm12386 on January 29, 2013
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First off, I'm not a Palin supporter. I don't hate Bristol, or the family since, of course, I don't know them. I dislike the term "hater" because I believe using it makes you sound like you are all of about 12 years old since those are usually the people that use that word.

OK, that statement's out of the way. Being open-minded, I perused through this book in Barnes and Noble. I know that Bristol is still very young and has a lot of growing to do, but the writing sounds, well, childish even if it is ghost written. I'm not sure what the objective was of this book, other than to make a quick buck.

Although I am not a parent myself, I just don't see Bristol as a role model for single parents. Most single mothers do not have such opportunities, and it seems like she has milked being a single mother for all its worth, even glamorizing it. I haven't watched any of the reality shows that she's been on, aside from "DWTS," but by doing these shows, and repeatedly putting herself in the spotlight her complaints about the media bothering her and being against her seem moot. If you don't like media attention, then by all means step away from the spotlight, go back to school or get a real job, but don't bite the hands that feed you. I also don't like how she bashes the father of her young son. The guy may be a jerk, but that is still your son's father, and it's not healthy to say horrible things about him!

I really hope this girl does grow up, since she has a son to care for, but judging by this book, she is still quite immature herself.
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