Bristol Palin's memoir "Not Afraid of My Life" is less of a cautionary tale and more of a rant
Bristol Palin vents about her ex and the McCains, but if she's learned some life lessons they don't come through in her memoir.
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She goes on to dish on the 2008 presidential race and the McCains. She describes Cindy and Meghan McCain as demanding divas who alternately ignored and snubbed her.Skip to next paragraph
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Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy “looked like a queen” and “held herself like royalty,” she writes. The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, “ignored us during the entire visit…. I had a sneaking suspicious I might need to watch my back.”
She added, “[I’ve] never seen people with so much Louis Vuitton luggage, so many cell phones, and so many constant helpers to do hair and makeup.”
According to “Not Afraid of Life,” upon their first meeting, Cindy McCain asked to be the godmother to Tripp, Palin’s son. “I wondered why she wanted any type of guardianship over my child [since we had] just met,” Palin writes.
At times, Palin does endear herself to readers with her self-deprecation (“my life had become a Jerry Springer episode, and a bad one at that”) and, frankly, her sheer grit.
But if she wrote this book so others can learn from the “pretty foolish decisions” she’s made, she’s hardly been a paradigm of reform. Her justification for continuing premarital sex, which she had sworn off (“Since Levi and I were going to get married, I rationalized that our premarital sex wasn’t that big of a deal”), her catty asides, and the trail of trash talk, make “Not Afraid of Life” seem more of a vent-session and plea for attention than a sincere effort to be a role model for other teens.
Writes the Washington Post, “If Palin truly counts herself among the most famous of women who have been wronged, and she really does want to help young adults avoid making similar mistakes, then it’s sad she couldn’t put her celebrity to more positive use.”
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.