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Publisher's Summary

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 Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him at a discreet distance at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University and were living in New York City, 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. With exquisite prose, Haag paints a portrait of a young man with an enormous capacity for love and an adventurous spirit that drove him to live life to its fullest.

A haunting book, Come to the Edge is a lasting evocation of a time and a place - of the indelible sting of the loss of young love, and of the people who shape you and remain with you, whether in person or in spirit. It is about being young and full of hope, with all the potential of your life as yet unfulfilled, and of coming of age at a moment in New York’s history when the city at once held danger, magic, and endless possibilities for self-discovery. Rarely has a love story been told so beautifully.

©2011 Christina Haag (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)
" 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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Thoroughly enjoyed Come to the Edge


I recently downloaded this book on Audible. I loved it. I confess that my intention for buying the book was for some gossipy tidbits about JFK, Jr. I had been an avid People subscriber for most of his adult years and had feasted on information about him (how many times was he on the cover??).

The book didn’t disappoint in the area of heretofore unknown information about John. But...what fascinated me most was Christina’s story, her life, while alongside John. How does the girlfriend of a celebrity gain and maintain a private, authentic life while in the actual and reflected glare of the famous person’s life? This was the gold in this book. Christina was a girlfriend who had her own goals and aspirations that sometimes were in sync with John’s and sometimes not, both directionally and geographically. It must be as challenging to be with a famous person as it is to regretfully let go of a relationship with them. Christina’s story is as interesting and intriguing as John’s. I got the sense that the beauty of their relationship wasn’t the galas, the photo shoot worthy events they attended together, but the times sitting on the grass somewhere anonymously, discussing poetry, theater or art. I loved hearing the book on tape because it was read by the author so I could pretend she was on my couch, recounting her story just for me.

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A tender love story

Poignant story about the author’s life with JFK, jr. I really enjoyed the book. She is a very beautiful writer and her voice is very calm and soothing. I enjoyed listening to her adventures with John and their sweet love story! He really was an adventurer! The story is very well written and the stories about her life growing up and her time with John are very interesting. She even had a sweet connection with his mother Jackie. Christina is very respectful of John’s memory. I highly recommend this book!

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Nominee for Best Non-Fiction of the 21st Century

If there was one book I believe JFK Jr would have supported, collaborated on and been proud of, it is CTTE by Christina Haag.

Masterfully woven, like a Baja hoodie John might have worn on one of his adventurous excursions, CTTE weaves you through their story and provides us an opportunity to understand the boy, teenager and man that was John.

This book, if not already there, has a place in the JFK Presidential Library. It provides not only insights into Christina and John's life-long relationship, but also his mother Mrs. Jacqueline Onassis and his family.

if there is an author's bias, it is one of love for John and the desire to share enough vignettes of him to help you feel as if you know better who he was and who he might have become.

CTTE is a rare glimpse of a man striving daily to live his life in grace. An example we surely need today.

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Beautiful

I loved listening to her memoir. A beautiful love story that sadly had no happy ending. It’s intimate and tender and raw. I was entirely absorbed and loved her voice and narration.

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There is so much we didn’t know…

There is so much we didn’t know of the story of John’s time with Christina… The author provides more than a glimpse, a full view into her time with John and the deep friendship and love they shared. The story is written with beautiful detail and read in a way that allows you to not only hear but feel the memories. Thank you for sharing Christina.

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Brilliant

A true love story… A must read! I couldn’t put this down! So Beautiful bravo

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Poetic and beautiful

Christina Haag writes beautifully, and the flow is not in chronological order, in a way that works, so much is interwoven into the fabric of her story!

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Get to the point!!

I am having a second listen right now and she deals too much with her growing up years all the way back to her grandparents. Who cares? Get to the point. We want to hear about John Jr. This must be endured with all memoirs it seems. The formative years....

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Beautifully written and narrated.

This book is basically a love story, beautifully written and narrated. JFK Junior is portrayed in a sensitive way, by a woman who loved him deeply. In many Waze however, this is really a fictional biography. The book is told in such detail, and with such detailed dialogue, that it is very clear that most if not all of the dialogue would have to be fabricated, since no one could remember such detailed conversations, even if one were keeping a very exhaustive contemporaneous diary.
The book is also a bit week on the details of their break up. It's not exactly clear how and why they drifted apart, other than some suggestions of infidelity. That said however, it's a good listen and well worth the time.

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A sweet love story

I found the book to be beautifully written and narrated. The words are lyrical, touching, and sweet.