Hi, guys! I’m Molly, writer of Musings from Los Angeles, and have been a longtime reader of English Muse. I love talking books and great style, so naturally this blog has been a go-to of mine. I’m honored to make an appearance here blogging about an important part of this site — books, of course!
Today I want to talk about the marvelousness that is Christina Haag’s memoir, Come to the Edge. It’s really hard for me to pass anything up that involves the Kennedys (my Vanity Fair magazine collection about this family is borderline embarrassing). So when I discovered this book I couldn’t resist diving right into it. And I’m happy to report, it was as wonderful as I had hoped it would be.
Christina Haag starts her story back when she had her first interaction with the Kennedys — she attended the same elementary school as Caroline — but chronicles her close friendship with John through high school, college and the “real world.”
But instead of focusing on the stories that have already been told about John F. Kennedy Jr. — or as she affectionately calls him, John-John — she tells stories of running in his circle of friends in high school and being his roommate at Brown University, and costarring in plays together back in New York. From their trips to Martha’s Vineyard, to posh parties in Manhattan, every aspect of their love story is endearing and heartwarming and their adventures keep you completely immersed in their glamorous lifestyles. In a lot of ways, you find yourself rooting for them even though you already know how their love story pans out. Haag does an excellent job of weaving through their intimate past to how she dealt with his loss in one of the most compelling manners I’ve come across in the literary world in awhile.