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Levi Johnston is determined to stretch those 15 minutes of fame as far as they'll go. The latest venture for the 20-year-old, who became famous for getting Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol pregnant? A tell-all book (slated to be released this fall by Touchstone Publishing) that promises to spill the Palin family's secrets.
In a statement released by his publisher, Johnston, 20, reveals his motives for writing the book, which is titled Deer in Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs. "I want to tell the truth about my close relationship with the Palins," he says. "My sense of Sarah and my perplexing fall from grace -- how I feel and what I've learned... I'm doing this for me, for my boy Tripp and for the country." How noble of him.
A source for Us Weekly adds that the book will "share (Johnston's) trials and tribulations of being thrust into the spotlight and becoming a father at such a young age."
Is it just us, or are tell-all books only written by people who can't shut their mouths anyway? It's not like Johnston, 20, has been shy since he accidentally entered the spotlight during Sarah Palin's 2008 vice presidential campaign. Heck, we've even seen him naked in Playgirl. We can't really blame a guy from small-town Alaska (Wasilla, to be exact) for making a grab for fame, but does anyone really care about his "trials and tribulations"?
On the other hand, Johnston does have something that the rest of the world is interested in: an up-close-and-personal memory of Sarah Palin, before and after her rise to fame. Everybody wants to know what the media-savvy Republican icon is like when the cameras shut down. Is she a good mom? What was her real reaction to finding out that Bristol was pregnant? Did she ever intend to complete her term as governor of Alaska? These are questions that Johnston's memoir could potentially answer.
And yet, do we even trust his perspective at this point? It seems like Johnston will do pretty much anything for a few bucks and a photo opp, from shilling pistachios to running for office. The guy is less of a "deer in headlights" than a deer who's jumping in front of those headlights and saying "cheese." Much as we'd love to hear Bristol's family secrets, we'll take Levi's "insider" perspective with a Wasilla-sized grain of salt.