Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio

Fairy Tale Interrupted

By RoseMarie Terenzio

  • Release Date: 2012-01-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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Working Girl meets What Remains in this New York Times bestselling, 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. Featured in the documentary I Am JFK Jr.!

From the moment RoseMarie Terenzio unleashed her Italian temper on the entitled nuisance commandeering her office in a downtown New York PR firm, an unlikely friendship bloomed between the blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life. None has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale Interrupted. Recalling the adventure of working as his executive assistant for five years, RoseMarie portrays the man behind the icon—patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary generosity and kindness. She reveals how he dealt with dating, politics, and the paparazzi, and describes life behind the scenes at George magazine. Captured here are her memories of Carolyn Bessette, how she orchestrated the ultra-secretive planning of John and Carolyn’s wedding on Cumberland Island—and the heartbreak of their deaths on July 16, 1999, after which RoseMarie’s whole world came crashing down around her. Only now does she feel she can tell her story in a book that stands as “a fitting personal tribute to a unique boss . . . deliriously fun and entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews).


  • Courage

    By Noisywife
    It takes enormous courage to carryon after a tragedy of epic proportions. You brought to life the real people behind the headlines in a compassionate way It’s obvious John Kennedy didn’t just hire a smart Alec Italian girl from the Bronx. He knew you were the real deal Thank you for a wonderful read Yours truly Gloria Mitchell
  • Fairy Tale Interrupted

    By Jeanine Bauso
    Thank you Rosemarie for caring and taking the time to share your personal experiences with your dear friends John and Carolyn Kennedy. You should be proud of the loyalty, the caring, the understanding and love that bonded this friendship. Your fairy tale hasn’t been interrupted, it’s just begun! Never stop writing…your remarkable.
  • Amazing

    By Ben_W1313
    Love the book. Very sad about what happened to him. Gone to soon :(
  • Fairy Tale Interrupted

    By Chas10019
    Just as no one wanted John and Carolyn's life to end , that's how I felt about this book. So well written. RoseMarie Terenzio made me laugh, cry but more so , Think. Thank you Ms. Terenzio for sharing this very special time in your life. I wish you much happiness. Loved this book!
  • Read it in one sitting

    By samanthablaisexo
    It was an enjoyable read but heartbreaking at times, especially at the end. I'm not old enough to remember the impact of his death, but I can't help but wish they were still a part of this world. You can really sense the author's loyalty, and I'm sure she still holds so many of the couple's secrets that she wouldn't dare touch upon in her book. I was really captivated the whole way.
  • Fairy Tale Interrupted

    By Prudence1
    Captivating story of a personal journey. While I expected to learn more about John, Rosie shared just enough that honored his life but gives tid bits on his personality. This book is really about one woman's perseverance in life amidst a fairy tale life of a modern day knight. She was the reality check to the dragons of fire in New York city. I loved the constant reminders throughout the book of what people and life are really about. Excellent book for woman's studies. High recommendation,
  • Thank you

    By Ferryla
    Love the honesty and genuine respect. Thank you for writing such a sensitive yet authentic book and just for being you.
  • Fairy Tale Interrupted

    By reelcromulent
    Loved this book and couldn't put it down. This was written very well and felt I was taken into rose Mary Terenzio's life. Very honest, exciting, bold and heartbreaking. well done.
  • Nice and insightful, most of all a true account

    By Mzhenya
    I enjoyed the book. Sure, it wasn't a literary masterpiece nor was it an in-depth analysis of JFK Jr. But having understood the boundaries of the book, I really enjoyed reading about JFK Jr.. Even if it was a small glimpse into who he was it was a real glimpse nevertheless. The book really humanized him. I did skip through some personal passages about the author, especially at the beginning, but it was just few pages in total. And I did like the author as a human being.
  • Fairy tale interrupted

    By Kindhippy
    Easy read, nicely told from johns assistants perspective. Gives you a unique glimpse into their professional life and john and carolyns private relationship.