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Bristol Palin lived the life of an average American teen. She loved being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and focusing on schoolwork and sports. But when her mother became the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, Bristol’s world would change forever. She was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, becoming the focus of intense public and national media scrutiny at the age of seventeen.

In the pages of this personal memoir, Bristol opens up for the first time ever, taking readers behind the scenes of her life, 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 the baby’s father crumbled publicly—not once, but twice. Through all of these ups and downs, Bristol learned how to face her challenges head-on with courage and grace, traits she put to good use as a contestant and finalist on Dancing with the Stars.

In Not Afraid of Life, Bristol speaks candidly of her aspirations and of 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.

About the Author

Bristol Palin appeared on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, where she reached the finals and ultimately placed third. She frequently speaks in front of groups across the country, where she focuses on inspirational and pro-life topics.



Nancy French is the author of Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War and Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. She is also the editor of SixSeeds.tv, a pop culture-focused magazine for parents, and lives in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • 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 (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is trash, just like the whole Palin family.
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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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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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Trashy tell-all book written for the purpose of defaming a teenage boy who happened to be involved with the wrong family, and to deflect criticism of a "Family Values" candidate who's teenage daughter's lifestyle doesn't reflect those values. A prime example of, "Do as I say, not as I do." Which reminds me, congrats on you second out-of-wedlock pregnancy, Bristol.
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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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This is an update to my review from long ago. As of May 15, 2016, Bristol Palin now has TWO children by TWO different fathers, neither of which she married, yet, she proclaims herself to be a "christian" and flings biblical quotations all over her Instagram page. She is 25, going on 13, high-school dropout, unemployed, unemployable, and dimwitted.

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Just another attempt by Alaska's First Family of Grifters to grab more money from the dingbats who think the Palin's have something important to say.

Sorry about the single star -- Amazon won't let me rate it with negative stars.

This review refers to the Kindle edition -- which I deleted from my Kindle after reading.
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