Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio

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Kennedy’s tragic accidental death in 1999 would end the author’s association with the family, but the memory of her dedicated service is heretofore memorialized, with obvious admiration. A fitting personal tribute to a unique boss.
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Synopsis

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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About RoseMarie Terenzio

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RoseMarie Terenzio was John F. Kennedy Jr.’s executive assistant from 1994 until his death in 1999. The founder of RMT PR Management, a public relations and talent management firm in New York City, she served on the board of Reaching Up, a nonprofit organization founded by John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1998. Visit her websites: FairyTaleInterrupted.com and RMTPRManagement.com.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Gallery Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 21 2011

Kennedy’s tragic accidental death in 1999 would end the author’s association with the family, but the memory of her dedicated service is heretofore memorialized, with obvious admiration. A fitting personal tribute to a unique boss.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Jan 04 2012

The book's subtitle? ''What JFK Jr. Taught Me About Life, Love, and Loss.'' But Terenzio’s unsurprising observations, gleaned from phone calls and notes, imply she hasn't learned much.

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Macleans

Good
on Jan 30 2012

Terenzio’s memoir of their relationship is studded with such delicious detail that even readers who don’t remember the days when John and Carolyn fighting in Central Park made front-page news will devour it.

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International Business Times

Above average
on Feb 06 2012

Her book does provide a unique angle on one of the most eligible men of his day, plus an intimate glimpse of his late wife. But it only goes so far, revealing nothing especially juicy.

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Statesman.com

Excellent
on Jan 23 2012

"Fairy Tale Interrupted" joins a long list of books about one of America's most tragic families. It's probably one of the most personal and heartfelt narratives, and it makes the early death of Kennedy all the more sad.

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