Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Come to the Edge” as Want to Read:
Come to the Edge
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Come to the Edge

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,451 ratings  ·  339 reviews
The Love Story of JFK Jr. and Christina Haag

An elegy to first love, a lost New York, and a young man who led his life with surprising and abundant grace
When Christina Haag was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, 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 Aven
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published June 1st 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Come to the Edge, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Come to the Edge

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,451 ratings  ·  339 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Come to the Edge
Kate Childs
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is captivating. I stayed up until 1:30 AM finishing it last night because I couldn’t bear to put it down, and woke up this morning with a pounding headache because I fell asleep crying after finally reaching the last page. COME TO THE EDGE is beautifully written, universal in nature, and tinged with a bittersweetness because you know how it all ends. Those searching for salaciousness in the pages of COME TO THE EDGE won’t find it. Instead they’ll find one of the most achingly true love ...more
When I was a child I came across this article about Romy Schneider. In 1959, she was 20 years old and met Alain Delon, 24, while filming a movie called Christine. They were together for 5 years. She never recovered after their love affair but they managed to remain friends until the end. She died in Paris in 1982. Her heart stopped after she took the combination of pain killers and alcohol, not long after her teenage son died in a strange accident, puncturing his femoral artery after slipping wh ...more
Jayne Martin
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A book that touched my heart... and shall remain forever imprinted there. With writing as intricate and exquisite as finely-woven lace, Ms. Haag weaves a powerful story of a great and passionate love with a figure whose life was chronicled endlessly from the day he was born and yet remained a mystery to most of us long after his tragic death. The book succeeds on many levels: On a personal note, like so many of my generation who also fell in love with the three-year-old John-John, watched him gr ...more
Mary Miller
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Never in recent memory has a story brought me such a strong sense of time and place as Christina Haag's Come to the Edge.
I bought the book in anticipation of learning things I hadn't known about John Kennedy Jr., which I absolutely did. What I didn't expect was to connect so much with Christina's story- from her Sacred Heart schooling to her close bond with her father; her college days as a thoughtful, free spirit; and the years following when she and John finally became a couple and came of age
Book Riot Community
Sleepily browsing my Audible library on the plane home for Christmas, I clicked on one of my very favourites – the author’s tender memoir of her time with John Kennedy Jr, growing up in one another’s orbit in NYC, sharing a house at Brown, and then finally being a couple and losing each other. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, and it’s every bit as good as I remember. The audio is wonderful – Christina Haag reads it with emotion but without ever overdoing it. This book is romantic and he ...more
Sophfronia Scott
"There is something in the air, something ancient that makes you move more slowly. You turn a corner, you catch your breath, and the pale color of the sky reflects back the sheer measure of your soul." This book is the best of everything a memoir can be: lyrical, reflective, deeply affecting. Haag's writing is simply beautiful and you sense her strong abiding love on every single page. She does well by her friend, his family, and herself. An admirable work and a must read for all who study creat ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
3.5 stars. Oh, JFK Jr. why do you still fascinate me more than a decade later? Basically this book is a love story told by John’s college/twenties girlfriend Christina Haag. That this girlfriend is now in her 50s is somewhat disconcerting. But that’s neither here nor there. The memoir starts out extremely slow, to the point I thought “this is the most boring book about the Kennedys ever written.” The first few parts are about the author’s early, privileged, easy days as a young girl in Manhattan ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully Written

I rarely give 5 stars to books about "celebrities", but this one is different. Haag wrote this with love, respect and beautiful articulation. The reader gets a feel for Kennedy and his family, but she doesn't sensationalize her knowledge of the family. She weaves a memoir that pays tribute to the love they had, his life and does it with class.

I imagine Caroline Kennedy reading this, and being thankful. The book had me in tears at one point because not only is it about Kennedy,
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Why do I feel so connected to the Kennedys? Could it be that I am 2 days older than Caroline, that John-John was born on my birthday, that their father was buried on my and John-John's shared birthday when I was in 1st grade? I used to imagine that they were really my brother and sister, separated at birth, living such a different life from mine. I lived vicariously through them.

I guess I should also mention that I don't like romance books. One person's idea of "romance" is another person's gagg
George Cleveland
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, so this is not the "kind" of book that I would normally pick up for myself. My prejudice is that a woman writing about her relationship with a man is a "girl book". Nevermind that I might make a much needed discovery about what makes a relationship work, much less thrive.

Add to that another prejudice towards books about Illuminated Celebrities. Not something that perks me up. And with "Come to the Edge", I "know" the ending: she doesn't get the guy.

All my prejudices were seriously tempered w
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous memoir by Christina Haag about her once in a life-time love affair with one of America's royal family, JFK Jr.

It is expertly, carefully crafted to focus on the way a love like that can mysteriously carry on through the years, across many challenges and become the kind of romantic narrative which are both complex, profound, maddening, yet spiritually impossible to walk away from. It's a beautiful tale of growing up in NYC in the 80's and life as a working actress in that time
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Christina Haag has written an achingly beautiful memoir. Her respectful portrait of John Kennedy not only reveals him as a flesh-and-blood human being but at the same time captures the larger-than-life aspects of his story. Christina tells of how their paths wove themselves together and apart during their childhoods in New York and beyond, culminating in an intense, five year love affair -- what John called the longest courtship ever. Also of great interest is Christina's portrait of John's moth ...more
Kate Spears
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book I wanted to read it to get a glimpse into the lives of the Kennedys. As I was reading it, I found myself forgetting who it was about, but really just focusing on the story. Even if the names weren't already known to us, the book would stand out as a beautiful love story. It's also hauntingly sad. For anyone who has criticized the author's writing it, I say it's her story to tell just as much as it was John's and I'm glad she told it. ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This memoir is possibly the best book I've read this year. I loved EVERYTHING about it, and I have zero complaints. Haag's writing is both eloquent and honest. She does an incredible job of showing, rather than telling, especially when it comes to explaining the simple, yet complicated nature of her relationship with JFK Jr. However, I may be slightly biased, as I appreciate any story set in 1970's/1980's New York. (What I would give to have been there...) ...more
Erika Robuck
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My fondness for memoir is growing, and I can now add another book to my pile of favorites. Christina Haag writes about her relationship with John F. Kennedy Jr. with honesty and depth. Her reflections are thought provoking and powerful, and her style matches the ebbs and flows in the relationship. From full-bodied prose to episodic whimsy, Haag captures the story of their love and her personal growth with immediacy and wisdom. I highly recommend COME TO THE EDGE.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking memoirs I've ever read---one that will stay with me for a long time. I almost abandoned it at the beginning, but I'm so glad I kept reading. Haag has an amazing gift for recounting memories and how they stay with us- through scent, what the weather was like, and tiny, insignificant details. It's astonishing that she never married JFK Jr., and you feel as if you're reading the truest account of his life from someone who really knew him. ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I decided to give this book five stars. I was always a fan of JFK Jr. and even more now. I'd like to thank Christina Haag for writing this memoir about growing up in New York City and first becoming his friend then falling in love with him. It is not gossip or sensationalism. It's a love story. I like the way she describes the Kennedy family and their closeness. Well done. ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is proof that anyone can write a memoir, including a hanger-on who fancies herself an "actress" and has nothing to offer other than she may have dated JFK Jr. Sadly, a better book got passed over so this waste of ink could go to press. ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting enough account of the author's five-year romance with JFK Jr in their late 20s. She's quite poetic and I did enjoy reading it, but it didn't feel like she had enough for a full memoir. There were some inconsistencies in timeline and almost no discussion of his life after her. Missed opportunities. ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced copy of this memoir through the FirstReads program. The author, who grew up in New York with a circle of friends that included JFK Jr., details her friendship, and later relationship, with him. She is a wonderful writer; her descriptions of people and places sucked me right into the tale. I could easily picture the settings ad the situations as they unfolded, and the details she provided brought people to life. The narrative flowed between the years with little warning; this is ...more
A Book Vacation
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I won this through goodreads first reads on Feb 22nd.

I am on the fence with this memoir. I liked it, but I don’t think the style of writing is necessarily for me. This is the very beautifully told story of Haag’s relationship with JFK Jr, and I learned a lot of information about the Kennedys. Haag writes beautiful descriptions and creates breathtaking visuals. However, as a lot of this story banks on description, I found myself having difficulty pressing on within the memoir. I am more interest
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I am not a romantic and I was never really "into" JFK Jr. It just wasn't ever an interest of mine. I do like memoirs though, so Christina Haag's story was interesting to me. Honestly, my first thought was, OK, this chick knew him a little and decided to sensationalize it, but that is NOT the case at all. She in fact came very close to marrying him. I enjoyed the parts about Jackie O. because I do enjoy reading about her.

Come to the Edge was filled with memorable quotes I have sticky noted throu
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
At 43, I am too young to care about the Kennedys. They are a relic of generations before me, and I have the privilege (?) of seeing them both through more unbiased reporting and the lackluster current generation. JFK Jr included.

But I heard this was a book about young love and I am a sucker for poignant love stories that don't pan out.

Christina Haag is a fantastic writer. She made me care about these two super-privileged kids and their unconventional relationship. And while she confirmed my su
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Christina is an actress, but I find it hard to believe she hasn't published anything before. I was totally invested in her story and the emotions it brings back of first love. Beautifully written, and not at all salacious, I could not put it down. This book is one that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. Congratulations Christina, I hope you will continue writing. ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Cheryl by: First Reads-Erika
Was ok. Definitely over-hyped which led to my substantial disappointment. Mildly interesting, although the phrase much ado about nothing frequently came to mind.

*This Advanced Reader's Edition was provided through the GoodReads First Read program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this one but I found the timeline too scattered. The author went back and forth and it was impossible to follow the actual events in her relationship. I did love seeing an intimate side of JFK Jr., which was heartbreaking at times.
Karen Rogers
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very moving and WELL written. A book about, love and struggles we all have

I enjoyed every minute of this well written and beautifully honest story. Made me think and reminded me that we all are so different but have so much in common.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This memoir took me by surprise with its candor and emotion. I was totally swept up by it, and could not put it down. Highly recommended.
Jeaninne Escallier Kato
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I thought was going to be a sweet memoir about John Kennedy Jr. unfolded to become an anthem for life. I absolutely loved this book. The more I read, the more I thought about my own life and how cherished my memories are of my great loves.

Christina Haag does a superb job of spinning a true tale out of fine spider webbing, butterfly wings and hawk tail feathers. Her prose is magical and she treats her subject matter as if it were her grandmother's silk wedding dress carefully unwrapped from
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
This book made my heart hurt. Not just because of their relationship, but the loss of John, almost twenty years ago. Who knows what he could’ve done. It’s hard to not put great pressure on his shoulders, even though he’s gone. That pressure must’ve been so hard to bear for him, but he did so with such grace. Review to come.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fairytale Interrupted: What JFK Jr. Taught Me About Life, Love, and Loss
  • What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
  • The Men We Became: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • The Day John Died
  • America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Tragedy and Triumph
  • The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved
  • JFK Jr., George, & Me: A Memoir
  • Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir
  • The Other Man: John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette, and Me
  • Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
  • True Compass: A Memoir
  • Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot
  • More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood
  • Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Story
See similar books…

Christina Haag is an actress and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, COME TO THE EDGE, which chronicles her childhood friendship and five-year love affair with John Kennedy Jr. A People magazine and USA Today pick, her book "lyrically and precisely captures the frenetic ecstasy of early love."[Washington Post] COME TO THE EDGE was heralded by Publisher's Weekly as "a piercing port

News & Interviews

  Listen up, because our colleagues here at Goodreads have some excellent audiobook recommendations for you! Of course, the books they've...
30 likes · 20 comments
“That's the thing about timing. It has nothing to do with love.” 12 likes
“All will be well. Seventeen years later, I knew her meaning. You will find the courage to walk through whatever life gives you.” 8 likes
More quotes…