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Come to the Edge by Christina Haag
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Apr 13, 11

bookshelves: own, 2011
Read from April 01 to 13, 2011 — I own a copy

My Dad sent this book to me as a surprise from Amazon one day. I'm always intrigued by love stories, especially that of celebrities (Royal Wedding, two weeks away! Anyone?). I thought this book started off beautifully, and the way Haag writes is very vibrant. I ate up her delicious descriptions of her childhood and growing up. Although I did enjoy her stories with Kennedy, I didn't enjoys it nearly as much as the beginnings of her story.

Reflecting over the whole book, I was disappointed with the confusion of it. Haag tended to jump into memories with Kennedy that varied in time, and sometimes even embedded memories within memories. For someone who is unfamiliar with the time and the setting in New York (such as myself), some of the descriptions were hard to follow, and took time to sort out. Just wasn't super straight forward. Also, some of her encounters with Kennedy were so detailed (I mean actually dictating a to-and-fro conversation in depth), that it was hard to believe that she could recall all these memories in such vivid detail. Especially with all the "lovers" she's seemed to have had, and people's she's worked with and met, it's like "really? you remember the smell of his jacket at that particular point of time?". I don't know--- seemed much more embellished, and creatively told, than how it may have actually been. Kind of like a tall-tale.

I was also a little put off that this was the supposed love of her life. But there was not clear definition in their relationship. Were they together exclusively or not? They also seemed to have other lovers, and the "specialness" of their relationship seemed to always be disregarded with Kennedy's wondering eye. There was no finality to their relationship--- seems like they kinda just fell off, and out of communication with one another. Makes me wonder if she has made more of the relationship than it actually was. Perhaps to him, she wasn't all she makes herself out to be. That's the other thing--- it was kind of annoying how much she put herself on a pedastool in relation to him. A little humbleness would have been appreciated.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but have genuine doubts that the relationship deserved this much credit. I'm sure they were great friends, and all. But, I don't know that they were soul mates or anything. I also think it's odd that she wrote this memoir so long after Kennedy's tragic accident. What's the point? What's the intention? If these memories were so precious and meaningful, why the need to publish a book and make them public?
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Cathy You've described how I feel exactly about this book- I couldn't put it into words, but you did it for me! I also would've preferred the story told in some kind of "order"- I got confused when she went back and forth in time, dreams, etc. And, the main reason why I usually don't read biographies- I am ALWAYS thinking, how can they remember conversations from years ago, word for word? And once that happens, I don't believe anything written! Glad you feel that same way....but I still enjoyed it- maybe because I too will always love JFK Jr!


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