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Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss | [RoseMarie Terenzio]

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

To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio, he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Publisher's Summary

To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio, he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Funny, moving, and fresh, her memoir is a unique account by the woman who was with him through dating, politics, the paparazzi, and his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. Her street smarts, paired with her loyalty, candor, and relentless work ethic, made her the trusted insider to America’s most famous man.

After John and Carolyn’s tragic, untimely deaths on July 16, 1999, RoseMarie’s whole world came crashing down around her, along with her hopes for the future. Only now does she feel she can tell her story in a book that is at once a moving tribute and a very real picture of her friend and employer.

Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life. None has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale Interrupted, a true portrait of the man behind the icon—patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary generosity and kindness. She reveals what John really had in mind for his political future, how he handled media attention, and the reality of life behind the scenes at George magazine. She also shares how she dealt with the ultra-secretive planning of John and Carolyn’s wedding on Cumberland Island—and the heartbreak of their deaths.

Fairy Tale Interrupted is a deeply loving story and a fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight, and five years’ worth of unforgettable memories.

©2012 Rosemarie Terenzio (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Lissa CONCORD, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Lissa CONCORD, CA, United States 03-19-12
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    "The inside story from a "No BS" gal"
    Where does Fairy Tale Interrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This author has a fresh


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Kennedy, Jr., of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    2 Scenes: 1) When John Kennedy took Rose Marie to lunch and dined in a separate table from the other staff. 2) When John Kennedy took Rose Marie to a basketball game for Rose Marie's birthday.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How America's prince showed grace, despite the burden of life in a fishbowl where all the world demanded a closer view.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Rose Marie's clever approach to tackling a dragon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Temecula, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Rachel Temecula, CA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    My guess is that she didn't work for him long enough to experience enough interesting information with John. As a result, there isn't enough 'meat' in this book. It might have been better left unwritten.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by RoseMarie Terenzio?

    No


    Do you think Fairy Tale Interrupted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No! There was barely enough for one book, let alone another.


    Any additional comments?

    If one wants to get more insight into John, I'd suggest 'Forever Young' by William Noonan who was a close friend of his from childhood into adulthood.

    Also, I don't know where this author read the book because at times, there was echo noise in the background and at one point, there was a siren in the background. A bit distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 04-21-12
    Chris Sydney 04-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    What did you love best about Fairy Tale Interrupted?

    It was an interesting perspective, John Kennedy's personnel assistant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was nothing that stood out for me.She has not written anything here that we did not know about John Kennedy Jr already.Which makes me think that the relationship was not as close as she claims.


    Did RoseMarie Terenzio do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think you could have written this book just by looking up Wikipedia for all the insight she displays in this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found her continued 'coming to the rescue' at every crisis in John & Caroline Kennedy's marriage frankly unbelievable.To the point that if it was not for her powers of persuation, Caroline would never have been on that fatal flight.


    Any additional comments?

    I just found it annoying that she continued to over inflate her place and importance in John Kennedy Jr life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    a;icia kerrville, TX, United States 03-12-12
    a;icia kerrville, TX, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed this one"
    Where does Fairy Tale Interrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the top ten


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Tale Interrupted?

    John coming in the office for the first time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Christmas for Rosie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to spread it out


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the insight that Rosie brought into John and Carolines life and character. Well written story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    corine Kyle, TX, United States 03-05-12
    corine Kyle, TX, United States 03-05-12
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    "great story-bad audio"
    Where does Fairy Tale Interrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the story and I always enjoy when the author reads their own work, especially a non-fiction. Ms. Terenzio did a good job of reading, but the recording was so bad that it was to the point of distraction!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Bobcaygeon, ON, Canada 02-19-13
    Debbie Bobcaygeon, ON, Canada 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Read.....new perspective on JFK Jr."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommend. Easy read and couldn't stop listening. Gave such a refreshing perspective on JFK Jr.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Tale Interrupted?

    Felt like you were actually in the office at "George".....and could almost see JFK at his desk.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many wonderful scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a particular scene but the realization of how much the "rich & famous", and also those who work with them, must give up. I was so moved that Rosie did not attend the wedding, because others from the office were not part of it.....That must have been so hard.


    Any additional comments?

    My only negative comments are around the quality of the recording. Narration was very good, but there was background noise early in the recording, and also duplicated phrases several times (chapter 8 I think.) This was not the usual excellent recording quality of Audible.
    Otherwise, loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bell San Antonio, TX USA 08-13-12
    Craig Bell San Antonio, TX USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2002
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    If you could sum up Fairy Tale Interrupted in three words, what would they be?

    Loving your boss


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Tale Interrupted?

    When he was moving her to his office personally


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and we did... on the road with my wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to her for sharing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-02-12
    Judy Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "What can I say, I just liked RoseMarie."
    If you could sum up Fairy Tale Interrupted in three words, what would they be?

    Personable, honest, interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Tale Interrupted?

    Looking back, it would be her voice and it is an interesting story,


    Have you listened to any of RoseMarie Terenzio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    What now?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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