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Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although it is not an in-depth look at JFK Jr's life or magazine or marriage it is a book that shows wonderful, simple gestures of who he wasPublished 1 month ago by MMC
Don't waste your money. I was hoping to find a book about an assistant who truly cared about JFK jr and his wife but I didn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Hated this; a poorly written tale by a hanger on with little detail and insight. More about the author and her needs and ambitions than about the couple. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shani
Is there anyone who doesn't like/love John Kennedy, Jr.? This book peeked inside the personality of a charismatic man and gave us a look at his generous and playful spirit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sherry Guffey
I felt comfortable listening to this story. It was well told and seemed even handed and not glossed over. Read morePublished 4 months ago by maryad735