Best known as Bristol Palin’s baby daddy and Sarah Palin’s favorite whipping boy, Levi Johnston sets out to clear his name, shed light on the woman in the bear costume, and take us all up to Wasilla to see what it is like to grow up in Alaska.
Small town hockey player and Governor Palin’s almost son-in-law, Levi Johnston is only seventeen when Palin becomes the vice presidential nominee. Levi’s dream of becoming a back-country guide is lost, and the media has latched onto him, his girl, and her baby bump. Even when the McCain-Palin presidential bid falls short, the intrigue continues. The once flirty Sarah stops winking at Levi and instead begins to vilify him as Bristol piles on. Bullied, lied about, outspent in the courts when he attempts to bond with his new son, this book is Johnston’s unblinking answer to the mercurial woman who made him a household name and the most hated man in Alaska.
Johnston, ever honest, had a unique window into Palintology at a critical time; he sat at the kitchen table and paid attention. Those who love Sarah will read about their idol, who actually does quip, “You betcha.” Those who detest her—for few hold middle ground—will find that her public views often don’t jibe with her personal actions.
The result is a humorous, poignant book about two individuals, two families, and the country we live in. Deer in the Headlights combines the intrigue and gossip of Andrew Young’s The Politician with the wit and relevancy of Justin Halpren’s Sh*t My Dad Says.
Johnston is in the midst of shooting a reality show for CMT called Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office, which will show him balancing daily life while running for office in Wasilla and being a father to his son, Tripp.