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4.0 out of 5 stars `15 minutes of Big Brother-ish fame', 28 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs (Hardcover)
An interesting read from the ex-teenage boyfriend of the daughter of the former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.

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...
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