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
"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)
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.
No! There was barely enough for one book, let alone another.
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.
This author has a fresh
John Kennedy, Jr., of course.
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.
How America's prince showed grace, despite the burden of life in a fishbowl where all the world demanded a closer view.
I enjoyed Rose Marie's clever approach to tackling a dragon.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
It was an interesting perspective, John Kennedy's personnel assistant.
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.
I think you could have written this book just by looking up Wikipedia for all the insight she displays in this book.
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.
I just found it annoying that she continued to over inflate her place and importance in John Kennedy Jr life.
one of the top ten
John coming in the office for the first time
Christmas for Rosie
No, I wanted to spread it out
Really enjoyed the insight that Rosie brought into John and Carolines life and character. Well written story
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!
The story was fantastic but editing was terrible and novice. Multiple repeated sentences and audio that sounded like the author and reader were locked in a closet on speakerphone. Made it hard to listen to sometimes and was distracting from the overall beauty of such a great story.
I always wondered about the heart of JFK Jr. He had a great feeling about him and I loved George as well as the fact that he was forging his own path. Rose Marie lovingly show the heart and the humor of the man. Further she sh reads light on his wife, the enigma. It good to know she had been so lovely and supporting of Rosie!
Their deaths were tragic and I for one don't believe it was an accident. My sense is JFK Jr and wife were assassinated. The world needed him and the feeling of loss goes on and on. God Bless them all!
Yes, this is my real name gawd-dammit
I found the book very easy to listen to. It was nice to hear the story of JFK junior from RoseMarie Terenzio's perspective
Definitely recommend. Easy read and couldn't stop listening. Gave such a refreshing perspective on JFK Jr.
Felt like you were actually in the office at "George".....and could almost see JFK at his desk.
There were so many wonderful scenes.
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.
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!
Loving your boss
When he was moving her to his office personally
Yes and we did... on the road with my wife.
Thanks to her for sharing.
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