Fairy Tale Interrupted

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am


Fairy Tale Interrupted
by RoseMarie Terenzio
Simon & Schuster (e-book)

The best note among the many included in this book by John F. Kennedy Jnr's personal assistant is one by Madonna. In response to Kennedy's suggestion that she portray his mother, Jacqueline, on the cover of his magazine, George, she wrote: 'I'm afraid I would never do her justice. My eyebrows aren't thick enough for one.' Such sassiness by the Material Girl is, unfortunately, missing for the most part from RoseMarie Terenzio's memoir about her five years with Kennedy. A fawning farewell to a boss who gave her a job with perks most people can only dream of - A-list invitations, presents, money - it reads like a schoolgirl's diary of a never-ending crush. She writes lovingly also of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, who died with her husband and sister Lauren in 1999 when the plane he was flying crashed near Martha's Vineyard, but nearly every page is filled with John this, John that. Terenzio may write honestly but sometimes it is difficult to stomach the details. Kennedy's personality comes through but readers will feel that only one side is being shown.