The Love Story of JFK Jr. and Christina Haag • New York Times bestseller
When Christina Haag was growing up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was just one of the boys in her circle of prep school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him discreetly at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University, Christina and John were cast in an off-Broadway play together. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair. Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them. Exquisitely written, Come to the Edge is an elegy to first love, a lost New York, and a young man with an enormous capacity for tenderness, and an adventurous spirit, who led his life with surprising and abundant grace.
Stifling pathos and loss overshadow this heartfelt memoir by actress Haag about her youthful years of friendship and romance with John F. Kennedy Jr. Both born in 1960, though Haag was some months older, the two attended elite private schools in mid-1970s' New York City and, trailed by Kennedy's Secret Service agents, frequented the same parties and bars as teenagers. Haag went to Brearley, Kennedy to Collegiate, and they both ended up at Brown University and even shared a large house. Haag's serious acting career both attracted Kennedy a fledgling actor and co-star with her in the small theater production of Winners in 1985 and distanced him, as he preferred his girlfriends to hop on a plane at a moment's notice and plunge into vigorous, sometimes perilous physical activities. Kennedy's abrupt death in a plane accident in 1999 throws a poignant sweetness over such insignificant details as trips they took together and dialogue exchanged; the two were gradually pulled apart in late 1990 by his involvement with Daryl Hannah and other women. Haag proceeds in her narrative with an elusive earnestness, trying to capture the deep connection between the lovers despite the pull of his celebrity, his mother, and their separate pursuits. What remains is a piercing portrait of a vibrant, reckless, tender young man so bursting with life that nothing could contain him.
Wow! that first chapter is...
I won't spoiler alert it but I have been enamored of JFK, Jr since puberty hit me at 16 and cried when he married Caroline.
I read that there was criticism for this author sharing her memoirs but as someone who never got to meet him I like that I can see a personal side of him and his family and how he was from a POV of someone who had had a relationship with him.
Her style of writing is very descriptive and feeds my imagination endlessly. Thank you for sharing this most personal experience with someone so beloved by America and by me.
Come to the Edge
I did not expect much from this book but ended up pleasantly surprised. I was skeptical even about its truthfulness, thinking it was probably primarily made-up fantasies of a girl who only vaguely knew John Kennedy. Somewhere around half way through I became a believer. An engaging read in spite of my initial skepticism, which grew into an all night can't-put-it-down marathon. I liked this book.
A beautifully written book. Intimate. A book about the heart. Donald Verger