Fairy Tale Interrupted

  • by RoseMarie Terenzio
  • Narrated by RoseMarie Terenzio
  • 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio, he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Funny, moving, and fresh, her memoir is a unique account by the woman who was with him through dating, politics, the paparazzi, and his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. Her street smarts, paired with her loyalty, candor, and relentless work ethic, made her the trusted insider to America’s most famous man.
After John and Carolyn’s tragic, untimely deaths on July 16, 1999, RoseMarie’s whole world came crashing down around her, along with her hopes for the future. Only now does she feel she can tell her story in a book that is at once a moving tribute and a very real picture of her friend and employer.
Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life. None has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale Interrupted, a true portrait of the man behind the icon—patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary generosity and kindness. She reveals what John really had in mind for his political future, how he handled media attention, and the reality of life behind the scenes at George magazine. She also shares how she dealt with the ultra-secretive planning of John and Carolyn’s wedding on Cumberland Island—and the heartbreak of their deaths.
Fairy Tale Interrupted is a deeply loving story and a fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight, and five years’ worth of unforgettable memories.

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What the Critics Say

"Terenzio's captivating story, told with style and grace, chronicles her time with Kennedy within the glorious but often brutal bubble that encircled his world, and what he taught her about living." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mediocre read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

My guess is that she didn't work for him long enough to experience enough interesting information with John. As a result, there isn't enough 'meat' in this book. It might have been better left unwritten.


Would you listen to another book narrated by RoseMarie Terenzio?

No


Do you think Fairy Tale Interrupted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! There was barely enough for one book, let alone another.


Any additional comments?

If one wants to get more insight into John, I'd suggest 'Forever Young' by William Noonan who was a close friend of his from childhood into adulthood.

Also, I don't know where this author read the book because at times, there was echo noise in the background and at one point, there was a siren in the background. A bit distracting.

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- Rachel

The inside story from a "No BS" gal

Where does Fairy Tale Interrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This author has a fresh


Who was your favorite character and why?

John Kennedy, Jr., of course.


Which scene was your favorite?

2 Scenes: 1) When John Kennedy took Rose Marie to lunch and dined in a separate table from the other staff. 2) When John Kennedy took Rose Marie to a basketball game for Rose Marie's birthday.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How America's prince showed grace, despite the burden of life in a fishbowl where all the world demanded a closer view.


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Rose Marie's clever approach to tackling a dragon.

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- Lissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio