Levi Johnston hurts his cause
DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs. By Levi Johnston. Touchstone. 304 pages. $25.
When the dust jacket of a book starts out with "Best known as Bristol Palin's baby daddy," it's a safe bet that what you're about to read isn't going to be the most profound or intelligent work ever produced. Far from it, actually.
Levi Johnston's "Deer in the Headlights" reads like a somewhat pathetic attempt by the former Playgirl model to garner some sympathy from the Palin haters in the world. It reads more like an angry teenager lashing out at his ex-girlfriend and her parents. Wait, it pretty much is. Except that Johnston is no longer a teen.
With seemingly every other page peppered with foul language, it seems Johnston and his ghostwriters made every effort to sound uneducated and lessen their credibility. The accusations against the whole Palin clan are flung far and wide, so wide it's really hard to believe.
What's not hard to believe is that at one point Johnston and Bristol Palin did have a fairly serious relationship. It's even believable that Johnston and Sarah Palin once got along like mother and son. But when Johnston starts in about how teenage Bristol begged him to have a baby and even went so far as to lie about being on birth control, the book starts to sound like fiction.
Johnston may have been trying to get his side of the story out, but this effort does little to help to his cause.