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Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs

2.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  147 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Best known as Bristol Palin’s baby daddy and Sarah Palin’s favorite whipping boy, Levi Johnston sets out to clear his name and—with any luck—end his run as Alaska’s most hated man.

Promising hockey player and Governor Palin’s almost son-in-law, Levi Johnston was eighteen when Palin became the vice presidential nominee. His unique place as Bristol’s live-in boyfriend provid
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published (first published September 20th 2011)
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Ryan Field
Mar 13, 2012 Ryan Field rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In January I posted about reading Levi Johnston's "Deer in the Headlights," and I wanted to follow up with a short post about the book.

I'm giving it five stars and there's a reason for this. It's an easy read, it sounds honest enough, and I'm glad I got to read Levi's side of the story. He seems like a simple, uncomplicated guy, and for him to take on the task of actually getting a book of his own out I think is commendable in itself. I don't mean that in a snarky way either. I know how hard it
Lauren orso
Dec 24, 2011 Lauren orso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
Like, I believe him? There's something really believable about it?

If every word in this book was a lie, I don't care, it was better, more even handed, and believable than Bristol's book. I'm sure you have to write books like this even handedly or else they come off like Bristol's book (that is to say, a manifesto dictated but not read by an insaniac), but parts of it were so weird and bad that I REALLY FELT LIKE a high school drop out was writing them and not a team of ghostwriters. But maybe t
I've never been a diehard Palin gossip obsessive, but over the years it's been hard to avoid all the tidbits about Bristol and Levi. I thought this book at the least would be amusing - and luckily Levi and his ghost writers have come up with exactly that - an amusing and sometimes surprisingly insightful quick read.

Ultimately, Levi's no perfect angel - a high school drop out who's done his best to support his child in light of the drama and hoopla around the Palin family. If anything, this book
Jul 09, 2012 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is a story with many characters. I feel for this young man. It was a quick easy read.
Oct 01, 2011 Debra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so done with these people.
Hm... Levi Johnston, the infamous baby daddy and ex-finace of Bristol Palin. When my mom handed me this book and said I had to read it, I thought she was insane. Of course, then she explained to me that most of the book completely trashed the Palins. We're not big Palin fans at my house. Story: When I was in the eighth grade, I had a magnet with a picture of Sarah Palin on it that said Smiling gives you wrinkles. My history teacher loved it so much that I gave it to him when the year ended.

Oct 08, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"GoodReads" reviewer Ryan Field summed up this book quite well on March 13, 2012, "I would recommend the book to anyone as well written, fast paced, and nicely executed. And I'm going to give it five stars because it deserves all that and more."

"Deer in the Headlights" serves as the fourth book I have read about someone who has fallen into Sarah Palin's "Crosshairs." All of them detail her aggressiveness and the resulting victims' permanently altered lives. Reading each one is like watching the
Oct 19, 2012 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Levi Johnston got sucked into fame and controversies when Sarah Palin was picked to run for office as VP of the United States four years ago, because he was dating Ms. Palin's oldest daughter Bristol and she was pregnant with his child. I liked reading this book as it was a quick read and fun. However, Johnston made a lot of money by selling his soul to the Devil so it was hard to feel bad for anything that he was dragged through. He was paid to be on talk shows, pose for Playgirl's first printe ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because, like Sarah Palin’s, I was curious to see what Levi Johnston could find to write about for 288 pages. I didn’t have very high expectations for it, and I wasn’t disappointed.
For a book written with the help of/primarily by ghostwriters, I thought it could have been a lot better just in the delivery. Except for the occasional big word thrown in, most of the book felt like it was written by a 12-year-old. It was extremely episodic, and some of the ideas felt like they co
Jul 29, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1968, Andy Warhol predicted that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How could he have foreseen this era of reality TV, where anyone who knows anyone gets to be a fleeting star? In this case, the star’s claim to fame is as the father of the baby of the daughter of the candidate who never became Vice President in 2008. His biography’s title, “Deer in the Headlights,” is quite appropriate, since he was apparently as dumbstruck as a daft young fawn during his rise into ...more
Laura Obrenovich
I hated the cover - silly. However, I believe his version of events and wouldn't want to be in his position. I did see him on Dr. Phil when he admitted to not recently paying child support, and I can't condone that. He does need to see his son, however. He's really just a regular guy and should have stayed that way.
Kathy Hiester
OK so yes I bought the Playgirl Levi Johnston was in just to see what the fuss was about and discovered well to be honest there wasn’t much to talk about and in fact it was very disappointing so when I saw Deer in the Headlights I figured why not pick it up I mean he must have something going for him. Right? Umm no. Johnston comes across as a sympathetic tag along to the Sarah Palin campaign that for all intents and purposes ruined the new Grandma’s bid for election. So I get it he is and will a ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will say that I can't believe I read this. (But yes, I feel an obligation to read Bristol Palin's book now to get her side of the story.) But my favorite programming is reality TV, and I count US Weekly as one of my weekly reads. That being said, this book wasn't bad. And I feel bad for the kid. He doesn't appear malicious. Just probably isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and as a result, has encountered many, many mistakes along the way. (He probably should just stay away from the public eye ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I am infatuated with the Palin's and Johnston's.
Kay Delbosque

Break out the popcorn! To get the full effect, you really need to read Levi's and Bristol's books back to back. These two sanctimonious "victims" are hilarious in their portrayals of themselves and each other. So run, don't walk, to your library and catch the show! I think they are perfect for each other. Or deserve each other. Or something.
Dec 25, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this directly after reading Bristol Palin's memoir. It seems like Levi just wants to blame the Palin's for everything. If he was trying to make himself look better by writing this book, he failed miserably. However, if you need to satisfy your tabloid gossip craving (admit it, we all do), this book is worth the read.
Aug 16, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woe is me... Jeesh, all he did in this book is blame the Palins for everything.. He acted like he didnt do anything wrong.. He didnt "wrap" it up to begin with, which is why he's in the position he's in.. Be a man.. Stand up for your responsibilities... Blame no one but yourself
Nov 28, 2011 Marie rated it did not like it
I hesitate to admit to reading this, but I must if I want to save others from my fate. There were interesting bits in this bio, but mostly it was just sad. I feel for Levi, but in the end, this isn't about exposing injustice - it's about making money while one can.
Mikey Warden
I may or may not have read this in a Percocet induced stupor post surgery. I was bored, stuck still, and curious. Unfortunately this book only alleviated my curiosity. It was a miserable telling of a mediocre story. Things I wish I hadn't read.
Dustin Rollins
Overall, it was interesting to get a new perspective on the Palin family drama. The book was definitely not a piece of fine literature and the language was a bit much at times. It was worth a look and definitely a quick read.
Jul 23, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the local library after I read Bristol & Sarah Palin's books. I feel like I spent more time scoffing at his version of the "truth" than actually enjoying the "candy" of a read that it is.

Nov 14, 2011 Herb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Well, I read it and Bristol Palin's books and now I can say goodbye to the whole story. Truthfully, there really isn't much to either story. A time filler.
Jul 31, 2012 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't know why Levi allowed that picture on the cover of his book. It makes him look like a crazed lug head. Oh wait, the whole book does too.
Mar 31, 2014 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I also read Bristol Palin's book and have determined that one of them is a horrible liar. I'm not sure which
Cindy Richard
Great insight into the world of an insane politician and whacked out Alaskans.
Toni Fuscellaro
Jan 02, 2012 Toni Fuscellaro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect much from his book. Just an easy, salacious read.
Jun 26, 2012 Blts rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure summer reading. It is what it is.
Feb 03, 2016 Pea. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 16in20
uh. ehhh. whah? oh... ok. not soooo awful.
Feb 12, 2012 L rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not particularly favorable to Sarah Palin
Apr 24, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
See Bristol Palin review
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Levi Keith Johnston is the former fiancé of Bristol Palin. He first received media attention in August 2008 when U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant with Johnston's baby and that the two were engaged. Johnston and Palin broke off their engagement in March 2009, and Johnston had several public feuds with the Palin family for whic ...more
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