Come to the Edge by Christina Haag
A Memoir

79%

9 Critic Reviews

“Come to the Edge” makes the wise choice of describing this dreadful loss early rather than waiting for it to arrive chronologically. That way there is at least part of this memoir that is fully Ms. Haag’s own.
-NY Times

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The Love Story of JFK Jr. and Christina Haag
"Lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic energy of youthful love."
--Washington Post
 
When Christina Haag was growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was just one of the boys in her circle of prep school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him discreetly at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University, Christina and John were cast in an off-Broadway play together. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair. Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them. Exquisitely written, Come to the Edge is an elegy to first love, a lost New York, and a young man with an enormous capacity for tenderness, and an adventurous spirit, who led his life with surprising and abundant grace.
 

About Christina Haag

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Christina Haag is an actress who lives in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Spiegel & Grau. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

In actress Haag's debut memoir, readers gets a front-row seat to her on-again/off-again love affair with JFK Jr., President Kennedy's eldest son.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Mar 23 2011

“Come to the Edge” makes the wise choice of describing this dreadful loss early rather than waiting for it to arrive chronologically. That way there is at least part of this memoir that is fully Ms. Haag’s own.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 14 2011

Haag proceeds in her narrative with an elusive earnestness, trying to capture the deep connection between the lovers...What remains is a piercing portrait of a vibrant, reckless, tender young man so bursting with life that nothing could contain him.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Mar 29 2011

But forget the Vineyard and Hyannis and Jackie and the Kennedy mystique...it may remain perhaps the most honest, most thoughtfully rendered, and most memorable memoir of young love published in recent years.

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Washington Times

Good
on Jun 17 2011

But the overall impression left by “Come to the Edge” is sadness at the path not taken by a still young man who might yet be with us now. “Johnny we hardly knew ye” indeed, but Christina did, and, thanks to her, now we do a little more.

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LA Times

Good
on Apr 07 2011

"Come to the Edge" is about the endless, burning passion of young love — the kind that strips you bare and leaves you for dead when it's over. And it's here where the book finds both its strength and its weakness.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Mar 09 2011

Come to the Edge...perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and in love — the giddiness, the lunacy, the madcap swings between exhilaration and despair.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Mar 31 2011

Haag lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic ecstasy of early love. “I’m obsessed with you,” Kennedy told her. “You make me an emotional person, and I’m not.” She fell with equal abandon...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Apr 04 2011

Although she spends much of the book framing herself as John's girlfriend, she emerges as a strong character in her own right.

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