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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 pers 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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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 pers 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. .

30 review for Fairytale Interrupted: What JFK Jr. Taught Me About Life, Love, and Loss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ronya

    I can't believe so many people liked this book--if not for the details about JFK Jr's life (to include insight into a more private side of Carolyn) which I really did find fascinating, I would have given this one star. I found RoseMarie to alternate between being completely and annoyingly woe is me to being a complete braggart. And also selfish (did she really admit to hoping for a relationship with a fellow mourner and mutual friend while waiting to hear news about JFK Jr and Carolyn??). I coul I can't believe so many people liked this book--if not for the details about JFK Jr's life (to include insight into a more private side of Carolyn) which I really did find fascinating, I would have given this one star. I found RoseMarie to alternate between being completely and annoyingly woe is me to being a complete braggart. And also selfish (did she really admit to hoping for a relationship with a fellow mourner and mutual friend while waiting to hear news about JFK Jr and Carolyn??). I could not get past the fact that I just didn't and couldn't like her. I never felt sympathy for her, even when her story was a blatant demand for it. Part of me feels like this was a slight exploitation of her extraordinary opportunity while simultaneously being a tool to build up her own self-esteem. Like a, "hey, look! I am an unattractive, frizzy haired, dumb girl from the Bronx who had a great but hard and stressful job working for an American icon. And then he died! And I lost my job! And I didn't know what to do with myself and no one understands!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Field

    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 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. I wound up reading it in almost one sitting. One reason the book resonated with me is because I felt close to the author in more than one way. I'm a writer who worked in publishing in the 1990's as an associate editor, I lived in a small studio, and I remember the feeling of excitement within the publishing industry regarding the Internet. This was also pre-911 and Manhattan...and the world...was a different place. Another reason the book resonated with me is because of John Kennedy. While I was still in college, I went into New York to visit my brother for the weekend. At the time, he lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, which was very trendy at the time. I'm not sure if Kennedy still lived there then, but a lot of celebs did and it was an exciting place to be for a few years. This is one of the reasons why I set my own book, The Virgin Billionaire, on the Upper West Side. We went to a small out of the way restaurant that weekend and I actually met John Kennedy for a split second. It wasn't even an actually "meeting." I was talking to someone about whether or not it was faster to go through the park to get downtown and he bumped into me and said he was sorry. I didn't even know it was him, until my brother told me a minute later. The book is not one of those tell-all, gossipy works that talks about things most people consider far too personal to discuss. But there are a great deal of intimate scenes between the author and John Kennedy that sound real enough to be absolute truth. The author is honest and you know she didn't make anything up to sell a book. The integrity is there, and you can almost feel the loyalty and respect Rosemarie Terenzio felt for John. It's also very well written. As a writer it often bothers me when I see too many common mistakes...even in non-fiction. This book doesn't do that. It flows with an even pace, it's not too wordy or over-written, and I didn't find as many mistakes in the digital version as I often find in other digital books. This alone is refreshing. The title of the book is bittersweet. John's life, and the author's life, were fairytales interrupted. I could feel how devastated Ms. Terenzio was when everything changed so fast. And, even before I read this book, I always felt it was such a shame John didn't get a chance to fulfill his goal with his Magazine, George. I used to read it from cover to cover. And if John hadn't died so suddenly I believe George would have been what The Huffington Post is today on the Internet. Unfortunately, this never happened. If you are looking for something dishy and trashy and gossipy, this is not the non-fiction book for you. If you are looking for something well-written and smart, you won't be disappointed. The one thing that still bothers me about the one star reviews I read is that this book, even if you don't like it, deserves nothing less than two stars just for the quality of the writing alone. I'm giving it five.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    I'm really surprised that some reviewers did not love this book. I loved the details of Rosemarie Terenzio's life and thought they paired wonderfully, contrasting with the life of JFK Jr. The characters are complete opposites, Terenzio born a poor Italian, JFK Jr born wealthy as America's goldenboy. I appreciated the inclusion of both details, because it created a more rounded read and differentiated it from typical Kennedy centric books. It really humanized Kennedy and his wife, making them in I'm really surprised that some reviewers did not love this book. I loved the details of Rosemarie Terenzio's life and thought they paired wonderfully, contrasting with the life of JFK Jr. The characters are complete opposites, Terenzio born a poor Italian, JFK Jr born wealthy as America's goldenboy. I appreciated the inclusion of both details, because it created a more rounded read and differentiated it from typical Kennedy centric books. It really humanized Kennedy and his wife, making them into much more dynamic individuals because they were directly placed in comparison to the author. I became surprisingly emotionally invested in the book. I knew how it turned out for JFK, but I wanted to see how it changed the author's life, as she was so invested in the lives of John and Carolyn. It's a great read for JFK Jr fans because of the intimate details of his life, but it is also a great read for memoir fans, interested to see how a normal person reacts when thrown into celebrity life

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Well since it’s been like at least twenty days since I’ve read something Kennedy-related (is it just me or is there a rash of them lately?) I decided to pick up this memoir by JFK Jr.’s assistant/right-hand gal. It’s interesting how she falls into her position and you have to admire the fact she was not at all star-struck, or so she says. I do wonder if her “whatevs” attitude was really that or she’s playing it up. She did seem to keep her mouth shut and it is clear John and Carolyn trusted her Well since it’s been like at least twenty days since I’ve read something Kennedy-related (is it just me or is there a rash of them lately?) I decided to pick up this memoir by JFK Jr.’s assistant/right-hand gal. It’s interesting how she falls into her position and you have to admire the fact she was not at all star-struck, or so she says. I do wonder if her “whatevs” attitude was really that or she’s playing it up. She did seem to keep her mouth shut and it is clear John and Carolyn trusted her immensely. There isn’t a whole lot of insight here considering she was extremely close to both John and Carolyn. The author talks a lot about her own life outside the John orbit, which, sorry, isn’t that interesting (my life would make an equally dull book). We do learn a few things. John was a little bit petulant but kind-hearted. Also he does not know the difference between your and you’re. The author should NOT have included his handwritten notes in this; they honestly made him seem a little dopey as do her recollections of their playful “banter.” If he was less attractive and pedigreed then, the way she portrays him, he was super annoying whiney office dude with a ball-crusher of a wife. Carolyn was a fairy godmother type, happy to spend a gazillion dollars to make those around her feel good. She seemed like a nice person, if not somewhat vapid, and very generous (until she got pissed at you and then she was cold – I still feel like the reader doesn’t get the full story there as it relates to the writer). Their marriage was rocky (no surprise there) and I wonder if it was even worse than the author let on. She didn’t address Carolyn’s alleged coke habit and as she refutes so many other rumors and doesn’t touch that one, it did give me pause. I am glad the two had their private wedding ceremony, something that never would’ve happened in this era of Twitter and Facebook. It must’ve been brutal to deal with the paparazzi. I do feel for her. Their wedding day must’ve been the only day she truly had at peace in their three year marriage. It did strike me when the author learns about the plane crash that she had literally nothing else going on in her life. John and Carolyn, that’s it. I felt panicky wondering, what the hell is she going to do? Indeed it takes her years to get her bearings again. I shed a few tears, for the writer, for all the things John, Carolyn, and Carolyn’s sister Lauren never got to do. This book was a decent read but I still think the best JFK Jr.-related memoir is What Remains by Carole Radziwill, that book was loaded with heart and soul in a way this was not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you are expecting a book about JFK Jr, you may be disappointed. This book is about Rosemarie Terenzio, how her life was influenced by knowing and working for John Kennedy. It reads as a refreshing and honest memoir. I love the title, Fairy Tale Interrupted, and think that Kennedy would be proud that Terenzio has made her own happily ever after.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I'm one of those people who has long been fascinated by the Kennedy mystique. Remembering vividly where I was when I learned that President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and where I was when I learned that JFK Jr's plane en route to Hyannis had disappeared on the fateful day in July of 1999. Since I haven't read much about JFK Jr's adult life, I couldn't wait to read this memoir, written by his executive assistant, who worked for him during the last (5) years of his life. I had a hard time wr I'm one of those people who has long been fascinated by the Kennedy mystique. Remembering vividly where I was when I learned that President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and where I was when I learned that JFK Jr's plane en route to Hyannis had disappeared on the fateful day in July of 1999. Since I haven't read much about JFK Jr's adult life, I couldn't wait to read this memoir, written by his executive assistant, who worked for him during the last (5) years of his life. I had a hard time writing this review because, I was very disappointed by this book. It was very boring, lacked any real depth or insight into the lives JFK Jr or his wife Carolyn Bessette. The book did not even have any photographs of people, just a few photos with some hand-scratched notes. I wondered as I read why the author waited over (12 Years) since the couple's death to write this book as well. The author, Rose Marie Terenzio, had been working for a PR firm in NYC when her boss began a new business venture with JFK Jr, hence, how she landed the job as his executive assistant. She shares day to day experiences about screening John's calls, keeping his appointments straight and the secrecy required working for such a high-profile individual, and the launching of George magazine She tells how he began dating Carolyn, shortly after his mother died. Asking Carolyn to marry him while out on a boat fishing on Martha's Vineyard the following year. We learn very little about their very small and private wedding on an island in Cumberland, GA, the planning which all had to kept a secret. The reader does learn that John was a fly by the seat of his pants sort of guy, often he was disorganized, and springing plans last minute on his wife and others. I guess what annoyed me about this book was the fact that while I was lead to believe, it was about lessons that Rosie might have learned from working for John, what I was really left with after reading this book was it seemed like it was really just a lot of self-promoting by the author. She tells how she was envied because of her job. How she was included in all of the special functions, getting the best seat to concerts, and how Carolyn took her under her wing, gave her a sense of style and often picked up the tab as well. Rosie shared Carolyn's unhappiness about being badgered by the media, and photographers trying to snap shots of her every time she walked the dog or went for coffee. To me, those were things that most people already knew about Carolyn already. Very disappointed I bought this book -- There really wasn't anything interesting or new to be learned about John or Carolyn.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    Working Girl meets What Remains in this New York Times bestselling, 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. Featured in the documentary I Am JFK Jr.! From the moment RoseMarie Terenzio unleashed her Italian temper on the entitled nuisance commandeering her office in a downtown New York PR firm, an unlikely friendship bloomed between the blue-collar girl from the Bronx Working Girl meets What Remains in this New York Times bestselling, 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. Featured in the documentary I Am JFK Jr.! From the moment RoseMarie Terenzio unleashed her Italian temper on the entitled nuisance commandeering her office in a downtown New York PR firm, an unlikely friendship bloomed between the blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr. Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life. None has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale Interrupted. Recalling the adventure of working as his executive assistant for five years, RoseMarie portrays the man behind the icon—patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary generosity and kindness. She reveals how he dealt with dating, politics, and the paparazzi, and describes life behind the scenes at George magazine. Captured here are her memories of Carolyn Bessette, how she orchestrated the ultra-secretive planning of John and Carolyn’s wedding on Cumberland Island—and the heartbreak of their deaths on July 16, 1999, after which RoseMarie’s whole world came crashing down around her. Only now does she feel she can tell her story in a book that stands as “a fitting personal tribute to a unique boss . . My Thoughts: As a fan of all things Kennedy, I relished the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the prince of that clan, and the one least known to me. We all recall him saluting at his father’s funeral; we were there while his mother was trying to protect him and his sister from the paparazzi while they were growing up; and we watched while he started his magazine George, hoping to carve out his own niche. And then grieved as he and his wife and sister-in-law lost their lives in that fatal plane crash in 1999. I did enjoy the author’s voice as she described the working relationship she had with John while serving as his assistant, and also the friendship that developed between her, John, and Carolyn, sometimes even mediating their disagreements. I would have loved seeing some personal photos, and having a greater insider view of their personal world...but no one book can give us everything we want about the life of someone we admire and want to know more about. I liked the author’s writing style, which felt like a conversation between the reader and the author, so despite what was missing for me from the story, I give this book 3.5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Okay, now the world will know that I am a Kennedy family fangirl. When I was a little girl, I checked out every book I could find on the Kennedys and pored over them like I had to take a test on them the next day. When I went to Boston for the day, the only thing that I did of note was go to the JFK Library. So when I saw this audiobook on the shelf, I had to listen. First of all,it is read by the author and I love RoseMarie's voice, beautiful Bronx accent and in-your-face attitude. Second, Rose Okay, now the world will know that I am a Kennedy family fangirl. When I was a little girl, I checked out every book I could find on the Kennedys and pored over them like I had to take a test on them the next day. When I went to Boston for the day, the only thing that I did of note was go to the JFK Library. So when I saw this audiobook on the shelf, I had to listen. First of all,it is read by the author and I love RoseMarie's voice, beautiful Bronx accent and in-your-face attitude. Second, RoseMarie loved her job as JFK, Jr's personal assistant so was it her fairytale that was interrupted or was it the fairytale of JFK Jr. and his wife? Funny throughout most the book, it just kept moving you forward so that you wanted to know what came next. Heartbreaking ending; but of course, the Kennedys could provide no other.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    RoseMarie Terenzio was the personal assistant to John Kennedy Jr. in the five years prior to his death. She was with him on the magazine George. This book is a memoir of those times. If you are interested in JFK Jr. this has some details about his life. But overall a so so book. The worst part of this book is her treatment of Kennedy's death. In the work of talented authors you can come to care for the most unlikely of characters and weep at their cruel fate. Not so here. Her treatment is entirel RoseMarie Terenzio was the personal assistant to John Kennedy Jr. in the five years prior to his death. She was with him on the magazine George. This book is a memoir of those times. If you are interested in JFK Jr. this has some details about his life. But overall a so so book. The worst part of this book is her treatment of Kennedy's death. In the work of talented authors you can come to care for the most unlikely of characters and weep at their cruel fate. Not so here. Her treatment is entirely about how his death, the death of his wife & sister-in-law affected her. Answering the phone, sorting clothing, and above all moving on and trying to make a buck out of her past relationship with JFK. Meanwhile she is trying too hard to convince us that she is a good & worthy person.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I found this book so interesting as far as seeing the "real" JFK Jr (& Carolyn). Perhaps not the best written book, but you did feel like you get to know him aside from the face he had to put on at times in front of America. He seemed like a pretty cool guy and Carolyn seemed sweet and kind and to really, really hate being so scrutinized in the public eye and just wanted their private life to be private. Really makes you wonder where he'd be today had that horrible plane crash not happened. I found this book so interesting as far as seeing the "real" JFK Jr (& Carolyn). Perhaps not the best written book, but you did feel like you get to know him aside from the face he had to put on at times in front of America. He seemed like a pretty cool guy and Carolyn seemed sweet and kind and to really, really hate being so scrutinized in the public eye and just wanted their private life to be private. Really makes you wonder where he'd be today had that horrible plane crash not happened.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LemonLinda

    This was the story of two fairy tales that were interrupted. It was the personal and intimate peak into the years of John Kennedy Jr and Caroline Bessette through the years of their meeting, dating, marrying amd early married life told from the perspective of John's personal assistant who became a friend to both. But on a deeper level it was the author's own story of living a fairy tale as doors were opened to a young brash, tough talking girl from the Bronx because John Jr. chose her to be his This was the story of two fairy tales that were interrupted. It was the personal and intimate peak into the years of John Kennedy Jr and Caroline Bessette through the years of their meeting, dating, marrying amd early married life told from the perspective of John's personal assistant who became a friend to both. But on a deeper level it was the author's own story of living a fairy tale as doors were opened to a young brash, tough talking girl from the Bronx because John Jr. chose her to be his personal assistant. Yes, the crash ended the Kennedy lives, but it also abruptly changed that of the author as she had to regroup and reimage herself and her career, which she ultimately did do, but only after many months, even years, of uncertainty as to how to go forward after life with John Jr. This memoir brought a clear image of John Jr., a bright and beautiful man who did not take himself too seriously and who put those around him at ease in spite of the hype and frenzy that constantly surrounded him as "American royalty". I listened to this one, and as the author was also the narrator, it had a distinctive air of authenticity with undertones of real emotion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I had heard Rose Marie Terenzio, the author and personal assistant to JFK Jr. being interviewed on Siruis XM. I like her candor and sense of humor as she told of her personal experiences in being one of JFK Jr.'s most loyal and trustworthy insider. She was not fazed by his popularity - instead she began an almost like brother relationship with one of America's most famous people. Rose Marie protected JFK Jr. from outsiders wanting in and he in turn, protected her as well. Along with JFK Jr. came I had heard Rose Marie Terenzio, the author and personal assistant to JFK Jr. being interviewed on Siruis XM. I like her candor and sense of humor as she told of her personal experiences in being one of JFK Jr.'s most loyal and trustworthy insider. She was not fazed by his popularity - instead she began an almost like brother relationship with one of America's most famous people. Rose Marie protected JFK Jr. from outsiders wanting in and he in turn, protected her as well. Along with JFK Jr. came Carolyn, his girlfriend, then wife. He was Rose Marie's life - she spent many hours of her day at the office or at the couple's home - she weaved in and out of their professional and personal lives. Unfortunately, things all come to an end when when JFK Jr. and Carolyn (and her sister) are killed in a plane accident. Some of the book seemed redundant (yes, I get it, you were loyal to JFK Jr.in more ways than one). I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast and light read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jon Panofsky

    I won this book as a part of the First Reads Giveaway. It was not at all what I expected. And that is a GREAT thing. Ms. Terenzio tells a platonic love story about her life antagonizing, working for, protecting, and bonding with JFK Jr and Carolyn. while the book goes little into her Pre JFK life, and I would love to know more, her stories of working at Random Ventures and George are enlightening. We get to see a different side of the scion of all things Kennedy, a self-effacing, mostly laid bac I won this book as a part of the First Reads Giveaway. It was not at all what I expected. And that is a GREAT thing. Ms. Terenzio tells a platonic love story about her life antagonizing, working for, protecting, and bonding with JFK Jr and Carolyn. while the book goes little into her Pre JFK life, and I would love to know more, her stories of working at Random Ventures and George are enlightening. We get to see a different side of the scion of all things Kennedy, a self-effacing, mostly laid back, sometimes argumentative guy who was as normal as he could be given the circumstances he was brought up in. I felt Ms. Terenzio's loss when the plane went missing and her whole life crashed around her. I was expecting a gossipy memoir which self-aggrandized the author, but what I got was a lovely, well written, self-deprecating memoir about a man who we all knew so well, and at the same time few truly knew. This book is a must-read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    RoseMarie did a FANTASTIC job of writing about her boss, John F Kennedy, Jr...someone she protected, loved and at times argued with and got angry with. but knew better than probably anyone else. I can't imagine a better written book that portrays him & his beautiful Carolyn. I could hardly put it down. I came away feeling like he surely looks down from heaven above and approves of his beloved friend, telling tales on him, in such an unpretentious way. She makes him real. We get to see the non-pap RoseMarie did a FANTASTIC job of writing about her boss, John F Kennedy, Jr...someone she protected, loved and at times argued with and got angry with. but knew better than probably anyone else. I can't imagine a better written book that portrays him & his beautiful Carolyn. I could hardly put it down. I came away feeling like he surely looks down from heaven above and approves of his beloved friend, telling tales on him, in such an unpretentious way. She makes him real. We get to see the non-paparazzi side of him. The real John. Kind. Warm. Thoughtful & generous to a fault. I kept thinking if it was instant fame she was after, she could have written pretty much anything she wanted, with whatever slant she wanted to, but then again...she DID know the real man. The kind, gentle man, raised by his beloved mother Jaqueline. Kudos, RoseMarie. Anyone would be proud to call you "friend".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I always love a book about the Kennedy's - this one was good. John's personal assistant of five years wrote the book. If anyone knew him - she did. She gives a good description of her time with him, his relationship with Carolyn, and George magazine. She even hints that he may have been interested in running for public office but offers no details. Carolyn sounds like a fascinating woman - she and John really loved each other but towards the end, the marriage was under strain from the constant p I always love a book about the Kennedy's - this one was good. John's personal assistant of five years wrote the book. If anyone knew him - she did. She gives a good description of her time with him, his relationship with Carolyn, and George magazine. She even hints that he may have been interested in running for public office but offers no details. Carolyn sounds like a fascinating woman - she and John really loved each other but towards the end, the marriage was under strain from the constant press around them. I wonder how they would have fared now that the paparazzi are everywhere and the internet news...this is a sad story - especially the lack of privacy given to the couple. Rose really didn't give up any "dirt" and you have to respect that - but it may have let us know another side to this intriguing man.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    It was ok. I have to admit I am a big "celebrity" fan and love to read biography and autobiography about them. But when the author disclosed how John proposed to carolyn I felt their invasion of privacy and felt dirty reading the book. And I have read other memoirs by their "friends". I don't know why this one bothered me so much. Maybe bc the author really was in love John but denies it throughout the book? Who knows It was ok. I have to admit I am a big "celebrity" fan and love to read biography and autobiography about them. But when the author disclosed how John proposed to carolyn I felt their invasion of privacy and felt dirty reading the book. And I have read other memoirs by their "friends". I don't know why this one bothered me so much. Maybe bc the author really was in love John but denies it throughout the book? Who knows

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neville

    John F. Kennedy Jr. had an extraordinary life. One that was forever in the public eye, until it was tragically cut short by a plane accident in the waters off Martha's Vineyard in July 1999. Leading up to that fateful day, there was much speculation about his marriage to Carolyn Bessette, whom was also lost on that flight, along with her sister, Lauren. And whether the magazine founded by John F. Kennedy Jr., 'George', would survive the brutally competitive magazine industry. It took more than 1 John F. Kennedy Jr. had an extraordinary life. One that was forever in the public eye, until it was tragically cut short by a plane accident in the waters off Martha's Vineyard in July 1999. Leading up to that fateful day, there was much speculation about his marriage to Carolyn Bessette, whom was also lost on that flight, along with her sister, Lauren. And whether the magazine founded by John F. Kennedy Jr., 'George', would survive the brutally competitive magazine industry. It took more than 12 years for John and Carolyn's closest confidant and friend to write a book about their fairy tale, that was so heartbreakingly interrupted. 'Fairy Tale Interrupted' is a memoir by RoseMarie Terenzio, who first met John F. Kennedy Jr. when she was working at a boutique PR agency in New York City. Mr Kennedy started making frequent visits to meet her boss, secretly plotting a new venture. It wasn't long before John moved into their offices that the two of them struck up a mutually respectful and trusting relationship. The blue-collar girl from the Bronx was ultimately offered the role of assistant to John who became the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the new socio-political magazine named after the first President of the United States, George Washington. Ms Terenzio paints an intimate portrait of her relationship with not only John, but his wife, Carolyn Bessette. How they all became close friends and how often-times, RoseMarie, acted as a go-between for the couple. Organizing appointments, arranging travel, and being the steadfast gatekeeper they both needed to cope with the demands of their professional and personal lives. Contrary to media reports circulating at the time, especially after John and Carolyn were secretly wed in Georgia, the author describes Carolyn as a loving, caring and protective woman, who not only doted on John but also supported, inspired and confided in RoseMarie. It's true this so-called 'royal couple' had arguments and fights; they were largely about the harsh public life Carolyn had to endure, which John had learned in his life to just shrug off and take in his stride. A revelation in the book is how brutal the paparazzi were toward Carolyn. Suggesting she wasn't good enough for John F. Kennedy Jr. and often calling out curse words and names at her, just to get a reaction. The kind of behavior and attention Carolyn struggled with. In the book, RoseMarie, explains that Carolyn was "exhausted" and didn't want to go to Hyannis to attend a family wedding with John. He desperately wanted her to be there, and solicited help from RoseMarie to talk Carolyn into making the trip. Now, in hindsight, the author regrets she had succeeded in convincing Carolyn to go on that fateful flight. It was RoseMarie who was staying at their New York City apartment that weekend John's plane disappeared. She writes of how she first learned of the missing couple late that Friday night. A moving, memorable account of suspended disbelief and denial. They must have changed plans, the worst couldn't possibly be happening. Asked why it took so long to write this book, RoseMarie explained although she had earlier been approached to tell her story, she wanted more time to pass. To write about 'her' fairy tale interrupted, to be true to John and Carolyn, and not write the kind of scandalous story that was expected at the time. Reading through 'Fairy Tale Interrupted', I often thought of the tribute given by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John's uncle, at the Church of St. Thomas More in New York City, July 23, 1999. Senator Kennedy said that John had "found his shining star when he married Carolyn Bessette." "His beautiful young wife -- the new pride of the Kennedys -- would cheer for John's team and delight her nieces and nephews with her somersaults." "We dared to think, in that other Irish phrase, that this John Kennedy would live to comb gray hair, with his beloved Carolyn by his side. But like his father, he had every gift but length of years." Like a true friend, RoseMarie Terenzio, in writing this book, has lived up to her responsibility of protecting a legacy and enlightening us. This book is one that would have made both John and Carolyn proud. At times funny, loving, fascinating. But also, deeply moving and heart breaking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    A.S. Newman

    I've read a lot of the reviews about this book from other Goodreads readers. There are very few times I'm on the fence about a book - I usually either love it or hate it, but I find myself agreeing with both the positive and negative reviews on this one. I appreciate RoseMarie sharing her story. I don't criticize her for waiting twelve years to share it - when you lose someone who has been a very big presence in your life, no matter for how long, it takes time to process that loss, especially wh I've read a lot of the reviews about this book from other Goodreads readers. There are very few times I'm on the fence about a book - I usually either love it or hate it, but I find myself agreeing with both the positive and negative reviews on this one. I appreciate RoseMarie sharing her story. I don't criticize her for waiting twelve years to share it - when you lose someone who has been a very big presence in your life, no matter for how long, it takes time to process that loss, especially when it's permanent. If she had published her story ten years ago, people would have still been accusing her of trying to capitalize on her relationship with a Kennedy. She can't win in that arena. I thought there were some great moments between her and John - in the beginning. I enjoyed her recounts of how they met, her icy demeanor towards him after he stole her office. I liked her attitude at that point. However, as the story wore on, the whiny disposition started to grate on my nerves. I had to remind myself, this was the perspective of a twenty-something, and as someone who has only recently veered into my thirties, I can admit my own obnoxious, self-pitying moments were scattered throughout my twenties. I didn't expect her to dish dirt about JFK, Jr. She was his assistant, and even after death, she has respected her friendship and work relationship with him. I think she gave a firsthand insight in what it was like to be in John's world 24-7 for five years, how it lifted you up and isolated you at the same time. I admire her for sharing that side of her life in the book. It gave me a newfound appreciation for assistants of high-profile, larger-than-life figures, like the Kennedy clan. I could have done without the gushing over fashion. Yes, I get it. Carolyn Bessette acted like a fairy godmother, but as RoseMarie goes on and on about the expensive clothes which she received from John and Carolyn and the freebies she got from department stores because of her status as John's assistant, I grew to dislike her. She was no longer the grounded girl from the Bronx. She was a whiny 5th Avenue socialite wannabe, and it became boring. Two things I found distasteful about the book: her gushing about the outfits she wore and the lusting for JFK Jr's friend after his untimely death. Probably would have been better if she had left those out. Overall, the book is an easy, fast read. There are some great, humorous and endearing moments with her and John, which she described well enough to make me laugh and smile. For those moments, I give the book 3 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A. S.

    “Fairytale Interrupted” by RoseMarie Terenzio is a memoir of Terenzio’s time working as John Kennedy Jr.’s personal assistant, and her life during and after Kennedy’s plane accident. Terenzio met Kennedy accidentally while working as a PR assistant at a small public relations firm. JFK Jr. came in, took over her office unexpectedly, and caused some hurt feelings for the author. Shortly afterwards, the small firm is sold off, Terenzio is in tears, and JFK Jr. spontaneously offers her the job of h “Fairytale Interrupted” by RoseMarie Terenzio is a memoir of Terenzio’s time working as John Kennedy Jr.’s personal assistant, and her life during and after Kennedy’s plane accident. Terenzio met Kennedy accidentally while working as a PR assistant at a small public relations firm. JFK Jr. came in, took over her office unexpectedly, and caused some hurt feelings for the author. Shortly afterwards, the small firm is sold off, Terenzio is in tears, and JFK Jr. spontaneously offers her the job of his assistant—one that Terenzio quickly accepts. She is there for JFK Jr.’s time at George magazine, his relationship with fiancé and then wife Carolyn Bessette, the glamorous events in his life (attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, appearing on Oprah, holding press conferences, communicating with celebrities, etc.), dealing with the media, and ultimately seeing JFK Jr. right before the accident (she was staying at his and Carolyn’s loft when it happened). All in all, Terenzio spent five years as JFK Jr.’s assistant, and was ready to go with him anywhere, she confesses, even to the White House. Their professional relationship was so close that Terenzio never doubted her presence in his life (even becoming BFF”s with Carolyn), and was very grateful for all the opportunities it afforded her (she could get anything she wanted by merely mentioning JFK Jr.’s name). Overall, this was a well-written memoir. JFK Jr. is depicted as he was in his daily life, the bad and the good. The ending of the memoir is suitably emotional, as is the majority of the book. Terenzio remembers her ex-employer with love and regret (she was the one to ultimately talk Carolyn on to boarding that plane with him). The book is full of details, events, and observances. It’s a memoir of how the author’s life is impacted by JFK Jr., but also of the late nineties, and an era gone by. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the depth of the author’s re-collections, and her emotional way of writing. It’s an interesting, up-close-and-personal account.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Rosie writes about her experiences as JFK Jr's assistant, sidekick, confidante, for the last five years of this life. This was a great inside look at John's personality, lifestyle, impecable manners, and character, written by the one who knew him, and also Carolyn, best. She knew every detail, actually arranged most every detail for him, and then them. It also tells what RoseMarie's life was like, how she coped and takes you through her struggles, too. Favorite Quotes: (and these are not even abou Rosie writes about her experiences as JFK Jr's assistant, sidekick, confidante, for the last five years of this life. This was a great inside look at John's personality, lifestyle, impecable manners, and character, written by the one who knew him, and also Carolyn, best. She knew every detail, actually arranged most every detail for him, and then them. It also tells what RoseMarie's life was like, how she coped and takes you through her struggles, too. Favorite Quotes: (and these are not even about John's life, but Rosie's, at the very end of the book) "Maybe it was my mother's unwavering faith in me that made her death so devastating. Or maybe it was that I had lost so many people---Frank, John, Carolyn, and my dad---within a matter of several years. Or maybe it was just that she was my mom. But in 2006, right after Thanksgiving, she collapsed while visiting my sister in Florida. Arriving at the hospital to see my mother on life support and looking nothing like herself, I have never experienced such fear and intense sadness. ... 'Please mom, don't leave me,' I begged her. 'I can't live if you're not here. Please, wake up. I will do anything if you would just wake up. Please.' ...I had felt alone before, but without my mother, the person who went to sleep at night wondering if I was okay, the world felt empty. ... I knew my mother loved me, but I never realized how much she admired me. The greatest tragedy of life is that at some point we have to say good-bye to the people we've spent a lifetime loving. Religion. Therapy. There's no good answer to it. Death just doesn't make sense. And there's no antidote to the emptiness it leaves in its wake. You don't forget the dead even though they can no longer console you, inspire you, or make you laugh. When it comes to death, you don't get over it; you just get on with it. " all from pages 237 - 239

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I'm torn about this book. It is well-written, but I did skim over most of the text that was specific to RoseMarie's life and just went straight to the parts about John. I guess I would hope that someone who was as close to John as the author was, and saw firsthand how fame affected him, would have been loyal to him, even after he died, and just not write this book. It's an honest portrayal of John, as he had it in him to be rude and she recounts instances where he berated her in public, as well I'm torn about this book. It is well-written, but I did skim over most of the text that was specific to RoseMarie's life and just went straight to the parts about John. I guess I would hope that someone who was as close to John as the author was, and saw firsthand how fame affected him, would have been loyal to him, even after he died, and just not write this book. It's an honest portrayal of John, as he had it in him to be rude and she recounts instances where he berated her in public, as well as loyal and generous to her. If anyone comes off good in the book it is Carolyn Bessette, who was nothing but kind to RoseMarie, bought her clothes, showered her with gifts, confided in her. Running a magazine is difficult, and John was under a lot of pressure. RoseMarie was extremely loyal and only wanted the best for him. Maybe she really needed the money from this book, but didn't he work with a lot of people at George, who have their own tales to tell, but don't? I couldn't help but feel that she was betraying him with this book. But I guess she did have such access to him that makes her story unique. She sure got a lot of perks as a result of her association with him, but she didn't really have much of her own life while with him either. So I checked the book out because, like a lot of people, I enjoy reading about John, but then, in the end, I didn't think I learned anything new about John and Carolyn that I didn't know before from the tons of coverage in Vanity Fair Magazine. VF's coverage of that last day of their lives....Carolyn buyiing a $1000 dress at Barney's for the wedding, getting stuck in traffic getting out of Manhattan, those details were riveting. I'm not sure there was anything to match that in this retelling.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    This had a great cover and I was curious enough to read all the way through in one day. Her voice feels authentic but it is really mundane writing and even tarnished my image of JFK, Jr, whatever that may have been. She certainly was privy to a rarified world and succeeded in conveying that feeling, just not eloquently. I am curious why she chose to write this book now, 13 years after their death. She certainly does not explain why and I also was curious how verbatim conversations could be inclu This had a great cover and I was curious enough to read all the way through in one day. Her voice feels authentic but it is really mundane writing and even tarnished my image of JFK, Jr, whatever that may have been. She certainly was privy to a rarified world and succeeded in conveying that feeling, just not eloquently. I am curious why she chose to write this book now, 13 years after their death. She certainly does not explain why and I also was curious how verbatim conversations could be included. I do not like this sort of book- fictionalized memoir.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen Otto

    I agree with a lot of the reviewers, I really wanted to like this book and the author. But about half way I was torn, she seemed so oblivious to things and at many points, chasing the fame? I finished the book but was still not too happy with the descriptions and the pointed view of how the author wanted to be portrayed. Overall, it was interesting but probably was not a good use of time and I wouldn't recommend it. I agree with a lot of the reviewers, I really wanted to like this book and the author. But about half way I was torn, she seemed so oblivious to things and at many points, chasing the fame? I finished the book but was still not too happy with the descriptions and the pointed view of how the author wanted to be portrayed. Overall, it was interesting but probably was not a good use of time and I wouldn't recommend it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    A sure disappointment for any fan of Christina Haag's Come To The Edge. Terenzio's writing resembles that of a high school student's essay for the SAT. Although she does present an interesting viewpoint, most of the dialogue sounded blank and amateur. My copy from the library included quite a few leftover bookmarks from other readers who obviously struggled to make it past the first few chapters. Unfortunately, I would not recommend wasting your time on this poorly written memoir. A sure disappointment for any fan of Christina Haag's Come To The Edge. Terenzio's writing resembles that of a high school student's essay for the SAT. Although she does present an interesting viewpoint, most of the dialogue sounded blank and amateur. My copy from the library included quite a few leftover bookmarks from other readers who obviously struggled to make it past the first few chapters. Unfortunately, I would not recommend wasting your time on this poorly written memoir.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    So this book isn't a tell-all. It still could have been a good read, an inside peek into the life of... Not so much here-the three main characters are really flat and uninteresting. Did the author really know JFK, Jr. and his wife?? (And when your boss's wife takes you shopping and spends thousands of dollars buying you clothes... that's just creepy.) So this book isn't a tell-all. It still could have been a good read, an inside peek into the life of... Not so much here-the three main characters are really flat and uninteresting. Did the author really know JFK, Jr. and his wife?? (And when your boss's wife takes you shopping and spends thousands of dollars buying you clothes... that's just creepy.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anais

    I listened to the audiobook. The author's reading left a lot to be desired. I also did not find the author at all likeable in her story if that matters nor did I find her portrayal of Carolyn at all truly flattering although I know she intended it to be. I don't now if any of that matters, but a waste of money. I regret the purchase I listened to the audiobook. The author's reading left a lot to be desired. I also did not find the author at all likeable in her story if that matters nor did I find her portrayal of Carolyn at all truly flattering although I know she intended it to be. I don't now if any of that matters, but a waste of money. I regret the purchase

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I'm sure many people will enjoy this book and I really couldn't wait to read it myself since I have always been fascinated by America's royal family,but I was disappointed. Although it did give insight into Caroline & John relationship but it was more about RoseMarie. I'm sure many people will enjoy this book and I really couldn't wait to read it myself since I have always been fascinated by America's royal family,but I was disappointed. Although it did give insight into Caroline & John relationship but it was more about RoseMarie.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Was excited to read this book as I still get weepy when I think of John John dying. Then I read this and I thought she was shallow and was seeking to capitalize on her relationship with JFK Jr. Then I learned she was Rielle Hunter's publicist and that pretty much confirmed my first hunch. Was excited to read this book as I still get weepy when I think of John John dying. Then I read this and I thought she was shallow and was seeking to capitalize on her relationship with JFK Jr. Then I learned she was Rielle Hunter's publicist and that pretty much confirmed my first hunch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    A heartfelt account of the relationship between the author and her boss, John F. Kennedy, Jr. that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the life and marriage of one of the most famous persons of our time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Disappointed that this book was more about the author and less about JFK jr and Carolyn. False advertising fooled me into this purchase.

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