I've read a lot of the reviews about this book from other Goodreads readers. There are very few times I'm on the fence about a book - I usually either...moreI've read a lot of the reviews about this book from other Goodreads readers. There are very few times I'm on the fence about a book - I usually either love it or hate it, but I find myself agreeing with both the positive and negative reviews on this one. I appreciate RoseMarie sharing her story. I don't criticize her for waiting twelve years to share it - when you lose someone who has been a very big presence in your life, no matter for how long, it takes time to process that loss, especially when it's permanent. If she had published her story ten years ago, people would have still been accusing her of trying to capitalize on her relationship with a Kennedy. She can't win in that arena.
I thought there were some great moments between her and John - in the beginning. I enjoyed her recounts of how they met, her icy demeanor towards him after he stole her office. I liked her attitude at that point. However, as the story wore on, the whiny disposition started to grate on my nerves. I had to remind myself, this was the perspective of a twenty-something, and as someone who has only recently veered into my thirties, I can admit my own obnoxious, self-pitying moments were scattered throughout my twenties. I didn't expect her to dish dirt about JFK, Jr. She was his assistant, and even after death, she has respected her friendship and work relationship with him. I think she gave a firsthand insight in what it was like to be in John's world 24-7 for five years, how it lifted you up and isolated you at the same time. I admire her for sharing that side of her life in the book. It gave me a newfound appreciation for assistants of high-profile, larger-than-life figures, like the Kennedy clan.
I could have done without the gushing over fashion. Yes, I get it. Carolyn Bessette acted like a fairy godmother, but as RoseMarie goes on and on about the expensive clothes which she received from John and Carolyn and the freebies she got from department stores because of her status as John's assistant, I grew to dislike her. She was no longer the grounded girl from the Bronx. She was a whiny 5th Avenue socialite wannabe, and it became boring. Two things I found distasteful about the book: her gushing about the outfits she wore and the lusting for JFK Jr's friend after his untimely death. Probably would have been better if she had left those out.
Overall, the book is an easy, fast read. There are some great, humorous and endearing moments with her and John, which she described well enough to make me laugh and smile. For those moments, I give the book 3 stars.(less)
This is truly an inspirational book - not only is it comprised of a diverse selection of insightful essays and reflections on life by many talented wr...moreThis is truly an inspirational book - not only is it comprised of a diverse selection of insightful essays and reflections on life by many talented writers, its generous authors are donating their proceeds to foundations that research treatments and cures for breast cancer! I recommend everyone read for the fight and buy this book to help out an amazing cause.(less)
I started this book at 1pm and finished the last page eight hours later! This series is addictive - in a good way! My stomach dropped as soon as I rea...moreI started this book at 1pm and finished the last page eight hours later! This series is addictive - in a good way! My stomach dropped as soon as I realized Katniss would be returning to the Games. I wasn't sure I could go through her whole ordeal again while her struggles from the first book were still fresh in my mind, but somehow Collins kept me reading page after page. Before I knew it, I was in the Quarter Quell Games with the heroine, trying to understand the motives of the people around her just as she was doing the same. While reading the second book, I found myself more invested in Katniss's journey, but the love triangle irks me. Maybe it's my impatience for her to choose one or the other and just be done with it. Or maybe because I'm more interested in seeing how she will bring about change for the Districts...and bring down that horrible President Snow!(less)
I was forewarned that once I opened this book, I wouldn't be able to put it down. Sure enough, I started this book on Christmas afternoon and had fini...moreI was forewarned that once I opened this book, I wouldn't be able to put it down. Sure enough, I started this book on Christmas afternoon and had finished it by the next morning. The writing is simple, but very compelling and suspense-building, and it does an excellent job of capturing the thoughts of the 16-year-old heroine from District 12. The futuristic setting Collins provides is bleak, but also tense...the perfect time and place for something to spark change in people who have lived in fear and suffering for too long. I love the plot so much that I immediately picked up the second book to see what happens next....(less)