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Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss [Kindle Edition]

RoseMarie Terenzio
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Working Girl meets What Remains, this is the behind-the-scenes story of an unlikely friendship between America’s favorite First Son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his personal assistant, a blue-collar girl from the Bronx.

The Kennedys have captured the American imagination for fifty years, and the public’s enduring fascination with Camelot continues to this day. Now, former personal assistant and dear friend of JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, RoseMarie Terenzio has waited for more than a decade to share her unique, intimate, and extraordinary perspective of life behind the Kennedy curtain.

Upon first meeting, RoseMarie was not immediately impressed with JFK, Jr. In an awkward yet comedic encounter, she walked into her office to find that John had begun dismissively boxing up her personal belongings and moving them to a smaller office, including her prized, autographed Howard Stern photo. As she gave him a piece of her mind, people stood around gaping that she would dare speak to JFK, Jr. that way. But John loved her moxie and eventually asked her to become his personal assistant and publicist—and years later she would become one of his closest confidantes, as well as Carolyn’s.   For five years RoseMarie witnessed John’s dating, politics, his marriage to Carolyn, and his untimely death. In her memoir, she blends her own story of a young woman who rose from an embattled childhood to follow her dream with amazing revelations about the man who has been the subject of unparalleled attention, sensationalism, adoration, and speculation. Offering readers a rare access to the epicenter of American royalty, this funny, moving, and truthful work is a breath of fresh air in the legacy of writing about the Kennedys.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Terenzio's captivating story, told with style and grace, chronicles her time with Kennedy within the glorious but often brutal bubble that encircled his world, and what he taught her about living." ---Publishers Weekly

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“A window into the time a president’s son tried to make it in New York publishing, in the final giddy years before the Internet changed everything.”

The Washington Post

“Terenzio doesn’t dwell any longer than necessary on Kennedy’s death . . . but she was in his apartment that night and has a story to tell.”

The Boston Globe

“Amazing revelations. . . . Working Girl meets What Remains in this behind-the-scenes story.”

Good Reads

“No one is better at observing the affairs of a magazine than the boss’s assistant: with sprezzatura to spare, Terenzio delivers tantalizing accounts of staff cattiness and celebrity dealings. . . . A case study of the fascinating relationship between the often unsentimental executive who requests the impossible and the loyal, fiercely protective assistant.”

Macleans

“Candid. . . . Terenzio deftly reconstructs the wonderfully addictive yet strange and high-pressure world in which she worked. . . . She chronicles her time with Kennedy within the glorious but often brutal bubble that encircled his world, and what he taught her about living.”

Publishers Weekly

“A memoir of the late nineties, and an era gone by. . . . A suitably emotional ending, an up-close-and-personal account.”

Celebrity Books

Fairy Tale Interrupted joins a long list of books about one of America’s most tragic families. It’s probably one of the most personal and heartfelt narratives. . . . It makes Kennedy more human and shows a lovable side that should be regarded as sweet tribute to his memory.”

Austin American-Statesman

“Captivating … told with style and grace.”

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Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHD2S
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135 of 151 people found the following review helpful
By Heather
Format:Hardcover
The Prologue to "Fairy Tale Interrupted" almost caused me to abandon the book before I even read it. It is poorly constructed and does not do the book justice. Some of the sentences are fractured and awkward to read. The sentences do not flow. I found myself rereading the paragraphs just to grasp their meaning, rather than rereading the paragraphs so that I could remember a poignant concept. Take for example this convoluted sentence from page 4 of the book: "And working for John opened doors to places I never imagined I'd ever enter, like the hottest clubs in town, the most coveted events, exclusive restaurants, even his house in Hyannis, which he lent me for a week every summer." (Try to outline that sentence!)
The fact that the author, Rosemarie Terenzio referred to John Kennedy, Jr. as a "Dick", even in her head, in the Prologue cheapened the narrative in its infancy.
I suspected that I would struggle though the book and did not really expect to finish it. I anticipated a fairly shallow account, probably somewhat salacious, not unlike leafing through a People magazine. Boy, was I proven wrong!
While Terenzio's relationship with John Kennedy Jr. is adeptly woven into every Chapter, the book remains a memoir. The reader is always aware of what else is going on in the author's life, especially her relationship with her Mother and her best friend, Frank. The book begins with Terenzio's first association with John Kennedy, Jr. in 1994 in a work environment and chronicles their relationship through his death in 1999. Terenzio became Kennedy's personal assistant as he developed "George" magazine.
The story also provides an in depth description of the author's relationship with Carolyn Bassette before and after Carolyn became Kennedy's wife.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fairy Tale Interrupted is an interesting account of the day-to-day life of JFK Jr. while he was the editor-in-chief of George Magazine in the late 1990's. It is written by Rosemarie Terenzio who served as JFK Jr.'s personal assistant during that period and who still holds Mr. Kennedy in awe 10+ years after his death. If you buy this book in order to find out more inside dirt on JFK Jr. or his wife you will be disappointed. Ms. Terenzio's seat at any future Kennedy events is secured.

Her depiction of JFK Jr. is not too different than the general public perception. He comes across as a basically nice guy who takes his life of wealth and privilege for granted. Although he does not want to be treated as anyone "special" on an ongoing basis, he still doesn't hesitate to use his name and prominence to gain access to the most prestigious people or events. The primary theme of Ms. Terenzio's story is about how she, a blue collar girl from the Bronx, was able to become a part of Mr. Kennedy's life which included access to the most exclusive events, both political and entertainment, at the mere mention of his name.

An interesting, but ultimately disappointing, portion of the story relates to JFK Jr's wife, Carolyn Bessette, who has often been depicted as a cold, aloof, self-centered, drug abuser who may or may not have been responsible for their ultimate demise by arriving late for their flight to Hyannis. In contrast to these negative descriptions, Ms. Terenzio describes Carolyn as being funny, friendly and extremely generous. According to Ms. Terenzio, it was Carolyn who took her under her wing and introduced her to the clothes; shoes; and grooming that she would need to succeed, and ultimately thrive, in JFK Jr.'s world.

What is disappointing is Ms.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book Worth the Digital Price January 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read excerpts of "Fairytale Interrupted," in People Magazine last week I made a note to check it out. But when I went to Amazon earlier this week and read the only six reviews left so far I wasn't too thrilled with what I saw. Almost half were one star reviews, with reasons why the readers didn't like the book. The rest were rave reviews that sounded way to trite for my taste in memoir.

So I almost went against all the advice I give to readers about vetting reviews and books and passed on "Fairytale Interrupted." I usually check out the information on amazon, but then go to Kobo to order the digital version because I have two Kobo reading devices and a Nextbook tablet. Part of the reason I almost passed was because of the questionable reviews, and part was because of the price...$11.99...which crossed my line when it comes to digital books.

I stopped short and decided to read the free digital excerpt on Amazon. The reviews kept bothering me; they didn't sound right compared to the great excerpts I'd read in People Magazine. I also figured that I'd never pay that price for an erotic anthology edited by someone who isn't an editor and written by people who are new authors. But I would pay full digital price for memoirs that revolved around names like John Kennedy Jr., depending on what I find while vetting the book.

So I opened the Amazon excerpt and started reading the prologue. I should also admit that I'm not a huge fan of prologues...anywhere...and usually skip right over them. This time, however, the minute I started reading I couldn't stop. After the prologue, I read part of the first chapter. And after that, I went over to Kobo and bought the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars as I recall at that time the news reports were that the weather was...
Interesting and well written. I have only one concern-----at the time the accident took place, in flying to the wedding in Hyannis, as I recall at that time the news reports were... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Doris Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a lot better than I expected
This book was a lot better than I expected. I love reading & watching all things Kennedy - this book was truly great and showed another side of John & Carolyn Kennedy.
Published 6 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved RoseMarie's stories, insight, humor and heart! Great book! I recommend it.
Published 10 days ago by Tracy Neher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite books. It was so well written.
Published 13 days ago by Beverly A. Harrell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK
BELIEVE IT OR NOT I AM ALMOST FINISHED WITH THIS BOOK......WENT ON TO OTHER ONES AND NOW I AM SORRY THAT I DID NOT READ THIS WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED IT...... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Marilyn Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very much
A well-written memoir that was written by a close friend. I enjoyed it very much.
Published 18 days ago by Louise Solis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very sad situation.... good read
Published 22 days ago by M. Trausch
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Arthur Shrader
2.0 out of 5 stars Not interested in celebrities
Not interested in 'celebrities' or those who talk about them.
Published 24 days ago by Dolores Hansen Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great but I wish someone else had read it
Published 25 days ago by joelmignone
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