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3.0 out of 5 stars An Insider's Flattering View of JFK's Founding of George Mag, January 30, 2012
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This review is from: Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss (Hardcover)
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. Terenzio's lack of description of the couples' final months together, particularly Carolyn's apparent break down resulting from the intense level of attention from the paparazzi. According to Ms. Terenzio, once the couples' marriage was announced, the paparazzi became relentless, accosting Carolyn on the street and calling her vile names in order to get a coveted "reaction shot" and ultimately causing her to retreat to the seclusion of her apartment. While Carolyn was at her most needy, the decline of George Magazine was requiring the increased attention of both JFK Jr. and Ms. Terenzio, denying Carolyn of her two most vital supporters.

All in all, Fairy Tale Interrupted is a good read, filled with some interesting insights into the people and events of those times. If you liked JFK Jr. and felt that he would eventually become an important person in history, this story will not change your mind.
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Initial post: Feb 10, 2012, 1:52:57 PM PST
Why is it disapointing that this book portrays Carolyn in a better light?

Posted on Mar 29, 2012, 12:15:15 PM PDT
it was more about her life. who cares! i did not want the dirt part but would have liked to know more about him and his life. not worth the price!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 8:41:01 AM PST
alanna says:
i read the book as well and totally agree with you! i thought it was about his and his wife's life together. instead it was all about how completely obsessed rosemarie seemed to be with jfk jr. which she doesn't clearly state, but you can tell she let him consume her whole being. kind of weird, i thought..

Posted on Jun 9, 2013, 7:23:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2013, 7:25:29 PM PDT
BTW, I obviously need to bear in mind the obvious biases innate in the male "brain", but you shouldn't confuse projection with reality- The accurate and proven cause of demise was PILOT ERROR. As JFKjr was only qualified to fly in visible conditions, he should have rescheduled or had a co-pilot. Enough of this bs of Carolyn being late. You really think that was the only time a kennedy was late?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014, 9:25:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2014, 9:25:19 PM PST
L. Ross says:
I thought it was Carolyn's sister who supposedly caused them all to be late. Not Carolyn. Anyway, I've read that likely this tragedy was no accident .

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