Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Gallery Books
Edition: eBook / KindleSource: Purchase
Date Completed: 2/13/2012Rating: 1/5
I'm one of those people who has long been fascinated by the Kennedy mystique. Remembering vividly where I was when I learned that President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and where I was when I learned that JFK Jr's plane en route to Hyannis had disappeared on the fateful day in July of 1999. Since I haven't read much about JFK Jr's adult life, I couldn't wait to read this memoir, written by his executive assistant, who worked for him during the last (5) years of his life.
I had a hard time writing this review because, I was very disappointed by this book. It was very boring, lacked any real depth or insight into the lives JFK Jr or his wife Carolyn Bessette. The book did not even have any photographs of people, just a few photos with some hand-scratched notes. I wondered as I read why the author waited over (12 Years) since the couple's death to write this book as well.
The author, Rose Marie Terenzio, had been working for a PR firm in NYC when her boss began a new business venture with JFK Jr, hence, how she landed the job as his executive assistant. She shares day to day experiences about screening John's calls, keeping his appointments straight and the secrecy required working for such a high-profile individual, and the launching of George magazine. She writes about when he began dating Carolyn, shortly after his mother died, and how he asked Carolyn to marry him while out on a boat fishing on Martha's Vineyard the following year. We learn very little about their very small and private wedding on an island in Cumberland, GA, the planning which all had to kept a secret. The reader does learn that John was a fly by the seat of his pants sort of guy, often disorganized, and known for springing plans last minute on his wife and others.
I guess what annoyed me about this book was the fact that while I was lead to believe, it was about lessons that Rosie might have learned from working for John, but what I was really left with after reading this book was a feeling of a lot of self-promoting by the author. She tells how she was envied because of her job. How she was included in all of the special functions, getting the best seat to concerts, and how Carolyn took her under her wing, gave her a sense of style and often picked up the tab as well. Rosie shared Carolyn's unhappiness about being badgered by the media, and photographers trying to snap shots of her every time she walked the dog or went for coffee. To me, those were things that most people already knew about Carolyn already.
Very disappointed I bought this book -- There really wasn't anything interesting or new to be learned about John or Carolyn.
Has anyone else read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts.