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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.

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“[Haag] doesn’t bow to tabloid sensationalism; instead, she gently dusts off her tender, aching memories and bravely holds them to the light...Come to the Edge is about the endless, burning passion of young love — the kind that strips you bare and leaves you for dead when it’s over.…The wistful story of love and ultimate loss is told with a wealth of finely wrought details that reveal both Haag’s deep sensitivity and wonder at the situation in which she has found herself; and Kennedy’s conflicted nature — the free spirit who just wants to climb mountains and ski in the Alps, who admits that he is not yet a man at 30. The book also paints a compelling portrait of the lost Manhattan of the 1970s and ’80s, a mysterious place of wealth and despair.” Los Angeles Times

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“Lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic ecstasy of early love.” Washington Post

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Come to the Edge perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and in love — the giddiness, the lunacy, the madcap swings between exhilaration and despair…Haag is a beautiful writer, and the book [is] full of wonderfully vivid descriptions.” Entertainment Weekly

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“John F. Kennedy Jr.’s former love offers glimpses into the last vestiges of Camelot. In actress Haag's debut memoir, readers get a front-row seat to her on-again/off-again love affair with JFK Jr., President Kennedy's eldest son....Despite her intimate view, Haag is careful not to exploit the Kennedy clan; instead, she simply returns them to human form. An honest, heartfelt account of love, politics and tragedy.” Kirkus Reviews

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“A piercing portrait of a vibrant, reckless, tender young man so bursting with life that nothing could contain him.” Publishers Weekly

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“The most honest, most thoroughly rendered, most memorable memoir of young love published in recent years...a remarkable work.” New York Journal of Books

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“[A] haunting memoir.” Marie Claire

About the Author

Christina Haag is an actress who lives in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School.

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david marks, March 25, 2015 (view all comments by david marks)
Christina Haag's memoir, Come To The Edge, A Love Story, is gripping and intimate, an American tale of life and love, an ongoing tragedy, an affair of the heart, an engrossing sharing of two minds, a best friendship, a gathering of family, a table of friends. Christina, a beautiful Juilliard actress, from Broadway to Shakespeare, to the big screen and television, is schooled in NYC with JFK, Jr, knows him well, attends Brown University with him, rooms with him, and later, loves with him. Through divine poetry and prose, through the tender and dreamy verse of a woman in love, she discovers herself, her needs, her gifts, her purpose. She learns what moves and drives her...and him.
This is a book for everyone to fall into, winds to the currents, all bets off. No matter who you are, no matter what you think you may know of John, you never really knew him, not in the beautifully rich and dreamy way Christina did...and does. He is so much within and around her. You will fall in love with Christina, her magnetic charm and appeal, her gift for the stage, her verve for life and family and all things new and challenging, her vitality and durability, her willingness to remain true to herself; in love, she is prepared to give her heart to a man she adores, despite her fierce attention to self, which, in the end, defines her and keeps her whole and sane.
John was an enigma, a riddle to most of us, briefly moving through this life, and never once conforming to what the world had expected of him. He was a philosopher, a thinker, a young man with dreams and ambitions all his own, a beautiful soul, and Christina, vivacious, alluring and unique, was his love, and, it would seem, will always be. You will see that the son of Camelot was complex and flawed, yet full of compassion and warmth.
Death can pry us from our hearts, obliterate courage, tear with gusto the delicate assembly of what we think we know and what we want to be. When challenged, we can wilt, but Christina will move on, much on the strength of her character and will, much at the expense of what she thought might destroy her.
A literary alchemist, Ms. Haag takes an ordinary love story and brings us to a golden universe of experience ~ tenderness, sexual energy, small talk turned meaningful, the touch of the hand, the curling of the lip, the all powerful embrace. This truly is a luscious love story, a book without pretense, without over indulgence, an authentic and masterful expose. Grab a hold of this book, take it to bed with you and allow the poetry of Haag's writing to nestle in places only you dare go.

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Mary Miller, March 3, 2013 (view all comments by Mary Miller)
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 together in New York. NYC itself is another character in the book, and although I've never visited, thanks to Christina's loving and unsparing descriptions I have such a vivid picture of the intriguing, fun, colorful place it was in the 70s and 80s. Her recounting of other places (Cumberland Island, the Kennedy family's homes, Brown University in their college days, even the restaurants & bars they frequented) are equally vivid and inspire one to visit them all. Christina's writing is poetic, honest, and clear- the kind of writing that begs to be read aloud, underlined, earmarked, re-read. After finishing Come To The Edge, I can truly say that I am much more familiar with John Kennedy as a person, which feels like a gift. My only regret is that there aren't more chapters in the special relationship of this very special couple. But then, in the words of Heraclitus, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Instead it stays crystallized in the past- a tribute to what was, and what could have been- much like my own story, and so many other people's. Thank you, Christina, for sharing your story with the world- and for all the ways in which it helped me reflect upon my own.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385523189
Subtitle:
A Love Story
Author:
Haag, Christina
Author:
Haag, Christina
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.68 in 0.52 lb

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Product details 304 pages Spiegel & Grau - English 9780385523189 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[Haag] doesn’t bow to tabloid sensationalism; instead, she gently dusts off her tender, aching memories and bravely holds them to the light...Come to the Edge is about the endless, burning passion of young love — the kind that strips you bare and leaves you for dead when it’s over.…The wistful story of love and ultimate loss is told with a wealth of finely wrought details that reveal both Haag’s deep sensitivity and wonder at the situation in which she has found herself; and Kennedy’s conflicted nature — the free spirit who just wants to climb mountains and ski in the Alps, who admits that he is not yet a man at 30. The book also paints a compelling portrait of the lost Manhattan of the 1970s and ’80s, a mysterious place of wealth and despair.”
"Review" by , “Lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic ecstasy of early love.”
"Review" by , Come to the Edge perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and in love — the giddiness, the lunacy, the madcap swings between exhilaration and despair…Haag is a beautiful writer, and the book [is] full of wonderfully vivid descriptions.”
"Review" by , “John F. Kennedy Jr.’s former love offers glimpses into the last vestiges of Camelot. In actress Haag's debut memoir, readers get a front-row seat to her on-again/off-again love affair with JFK Jr., President Kennedy's eldest son....Despite her intimate view, Haag is careful not to exploit the Kennedy clan; instead, she simply returns them to human form. An honest, heartfelt account of love, politics and tragedy.”
"Review" by , “A piercing portrait of a vibrant, reckless, tender young man so bursting with life that nothing could contain him.”
"Review" by , “The most honest, most thoroughly rendered, most memorable memoir of young love published in recent years...a remarkable work.”
"Review" by , “[A] haunting memoir.”
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