Spoiled versus invincible youth

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com


Two bright young women dominated headlines late last week. On the same day that Malala Yousafzai, 17, won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Bristol Palin, 23, was cited in an Alaska police report for getting drunk at a party and punching her host “multiple times.”

Bristol Palin’s “heavily intoxicated” behavior had already prompted her famous mother to release a statement describing her daughter as “one of the strongest young women you’ll ever meet.” Sarah Palin went on to praise Bristol’s “work ethic and heart for those less fortunate.”

Sounds like the Nobel Committee gave that Peace Prize to the wrong gal.

A look at their bestselling books, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far (2011) and I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (2013), reveals a great deal of overlap, including how they both overcame adversity and barely made it out of high school alive.

Early moment of despair:

BP: First day Freshman year of high school, she wore the exact same button-up cardigan as a friend (but in a different color so technically not the exact same.) In 2009, family became

MY: Internally Displaced Persons. After being harassed at an army checkpoint, My grandmother started crying and saying her life had never been so bad.”