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Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004YLQ9UQ
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (20 September 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 5772 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
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I'm unsure however how much credence can be given to his reminiscences though, which are more a potted history of his life `highlights' rather than life-story. Perhaps this is because a 22 year old cannot possibly claim to have a `life story'.....so what is this book? My guess, a vague attempt at `setting the record straight', with a touch of youthful boasting (about the small town boy that made good) and perhaps an edge of wanting to embarrass US political `superstar' Sarah Palin.
My reason for purchasing this book is that I'm intrigued and inquisitive about Sarah Palin, who was the Republican VP candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, and I'm on something of a mission to learn more about the divisive woman. Prior to reading `Deer in the Headlights', my knowledge of Levi Johnston was solely based on his tenuous link to the Palin family (ex-boyfriend of Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter) and his saucy cover-spread in Playgirl magazine.
Johnston's writing style is better than I assumed it would be, although the narrative is jumpy and repetitive. He zone's in-and-out on Palin anecdotes, mingling with events from his & his family. His aside's to the Palin's were interesting, but nothing more than gossip. His detailing and `insights' of the Palin family are neither flattering or necessary. He digs around and comments on what should be private family matters, such as level of faith, sleeping arrangements, even what they wore while at home. Although he has perhaps been treated poorly by the Palin's, in writing this book I'm not sure he's bitter so much as disrespectful in his retelling of his time with the Palin's before and during the '08 election.
He goes in depth about his relationship with Bristol Palin and his fatherhood of their child Tripp. He seems like a nice lad and I enjoyed his honesty & humour around his experiences, particularly being a Playgirl centrefold. However, his forays in to celebrity are all a little too much `15 minutes of fame Big Brother-ish'.
On the whole an interesting, if unbalanced, read of a young guy being flung in to the media spotlight, in which he seems thankfully able to swim. Worth a read if you're interested in this kind of thing...
Levi, a teenager himself when he "knocked up" (impregnated) Bristol, gives us his first-hand inside account from the perspective of a fly on the wall, e.g., parents interacting with their offspring (pp. 52); going to church and saying grace before a meal (pp. 53; 135). Besides and beyond the dubious ethicality of "spilling the beans" as an insider, perhaps Levi's primary motivation was to "clear his own name," and, in the process, let the grime hit the fan, and see what happens. What happens is, indeed, pretty ugly, and, inevitably, Levi quickly loses his status as Alaska's governor "best friend" (pp. 1).
Bristol should have known better, or could she?
* Even though raised, at least living in the same house as her Christian-values brandishing mother, she became quickly, perhaps too quickly, intimate with her hunky boyfriend. Perhaps she was simply following her mother's role model (pp. 179). "Dom[inic] and i always wanted [chewing Red Man (tobacco)] because our dads were doing it. As the saying goes, "Monkey sees, monkey does!"
* Levi's attraction to Bristol was pretty physical; he writes, "Her body drove me crazy. All those curves and everything" (pp. 49); and further, "She was the sun of my life. We became secret camping lovers, scraping gnarly gnats off our lips before we kissed [...] i used up more energy undressing her with my eyes that i did tying on flies. I love you [...] and before i finished, she'd said the same thing to me "(pp. 61; see also 168; 178). Such physicality is, indeed, typically not a good basis for building a lifelong committed relationship.
* In this book, Levi does nothing to cleanup his verbal utterances, "i was thinking, WTF?" (pp. 97; i don't think WTF stands for "Wilderness - Truth - Freedom). Later on that same page, Levi writes, "I was being transported in a 'f----g' Learjet..." (pp. 97). The "F-word" or the "S--t" comes up several more times in Levi's memoir (pp. 99, 129; 163; 167; 170). Incidentally, despite the Palin rhetoric, Bristol had no better manners, "I bet you [Levi] even screw your sister [Sadie]" (pp. 236)!
Levi's entire story reads like a soap-opera, in which the dirty laundry is washed in the eye of the public, and the ultimate judgment rendered by the Supreme Court of public opinion.
No doubt, Palin fans will lift some of Levi's statements out-of-context to suit their self-righteous indignation, and Palin-detractors will use other statements by Levi to keep their own rumor mill running.
Such are the risks when one commits to paper one's emotional outbursts.
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He readily admits the faults within his own family including his own.
His depiction of the Palins is mild considering their ruthlessness toward Levine. Which demonstrates the good breeding in his own family.
Was not surprised the Paluns attend church only once a year because they show no Christian behaviors in their daily lives.
Tripp will obviously learn better values from the Johnstons.