Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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 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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Did I read the same book as some of you? Ms. Terenzio is undoubtedly a very insecure, self-absorbed woman. I learned very little about JFK Jr. and Carolyn that I had not already heard or read. While they were a substantial part of this tome, they definitely took a back seat to the author herself. This woman used the tragic deaths of JFK Jr. and Carolyn for her own self-promotion. Shame on you.The writing and editing in this book is quite poor. Her need to include pictures and notes from alleged celebrities to her is nothing more than further proof of her pathetic need for recognition and validation. Can we really believe that she was given the level of access she asserts after the couple died so tragically, considering the status of the entire Kennedy clan? Nobody had ever heard of her until this book was published. Seems like somebody is taking liberties with the truth, Rosie!How classy of Ms. Terenzio to include the recollection that JFK Jr. gave her the finger at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I am sure the Kennedy family appreciates her sharing of that moment, and JFK Jr. would be so pleased at her choice of happy memories. If you must read the book, do yourself a favor and borrow it from a library or a friend. Do not waste a penny on this book!  

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RoseMarie Terenzio was born in the Bronx and served as personal assistant, publicist, and confidante to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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