Yesterday, Political Wire found Amazon.com evidence that a Bristol Palin memoir was in the works and scheduled to be released this summer. The Amazon page for the book has since been taken down, but that hasn't stopped critics from mocking 20-year-old Bristol's apparent bid to join the ranks of other premature memoirists like Justin Bieber. Here, a sampling of the snark:
"Here's an (unofficial) preview of the book's structure," says Jim Newell at Gawker. "Part One: I was born. Part Two: I got pregnant. Part Three: I went dancing on teevee. Part Four: ??"
What's in a name?
The book is listed as being untitled, so here are some ideas for the name, says Jack Stuef at Wonkette. "Like That Time John McCain Got Captured In Vietnam, But With Some Teenage Hockey Player's Penis... Dancing With the Czars: Some Additional Bizarre Things My Mom's Ghostwriter Thinks That Isn’t Worth Putting On Her Twitter... Having Sex: The Wildly Profitable Bad Decision... Are You There God? I'm Trying To Sign My Baby Up For An Endorsement Deal."
"It might be something like War & Peace or The Call of the Wild, except with more dancing and belated abstinence," says Nick McMaster at Newser.
While, this news shouldn't "necessarily make my brain implode," given that Danielle Staub of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and David Archuleta of "American Idol" have already published memoirs, it does "raise some questions," says Keith Staskiewicz in Entertainment Weekly. "For example, 'How much will she talk about Levi?' Or, 'Can it possibly sell as well as her mother's books?' And even, 'Is continued existence worth it now that we know that something like this is possible?'"
"Damn, why don't I ever hear about these kinds of ghostwriting gigs?" asks Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky. "Actually, I don't think I could ghostwrite whatever party line" Bristol's going to use to promote abstinence, at least not while keeping "a straight face."
"God love her if she can cash in on her notoriety while it lasts. She has a kid to take care of and doesn't seem to be getting any help from DNA provider Levi Johnston," says Matthew Gannon at Bostonist. "Good luck, Bristol."
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