A tale of aching, unresolved love...Haag lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic ecstasy of early love.
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….elegant, even elegiac prose.
Vivid... the intimate story that only Ms. Haag can tell.
–The New York Times
In actress Haag’s debut memoir, readers get a front-row seat to her on-again/off-again love affair with JFK Jr… Her sepia-toned recounting of evenings shared with an adolescent JFK Jr. are spellbinding, setting the stage for the romance soon to come… 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.
A piercing portrait of a vibrant, reckless, tender young man so bursting with life that nothing could contain him.
Christina Haag has written a surprisingly fine book...Haag traces the beats of the relationship, the quiet weekends, the exciting trips, the glittering family time. She doesn't pump it up, she just lays it out, holding out memories like jewels. "How lucky I was to have had all this," she says, between the lines, but she has it wrong — how lucky he was to have had her...What's best about the book, for many readers, I suspect, is that it's the first credible portrait of John Kennedy, Jr.
Sensual and full of longing, Come to the Edge is a haunting, timeless love letter, a universal tale of romance. Christina Haag has crafted a delicate memoir of love for a man we think we know and lay claim to, but, in truth, she is writing about all of us: our youth, our hopes, our own first kisses and dreams of romance. From the first word, my soul leapt at recognition. Gorgeous!
–Erin Cressida Wilson, award-winning screenwriter of Secretary and Fur
With unfailing grace, sensitivity, and tact, Christina Haag recreates in poignant detail her prolonged romance with John F. Kennedy Jr., who struggled to fathom the meaning of his life. The author never stoops to tabloid sensationalism or cheapens this rare glimpse into America's royal family. However charming the hero or scenic the backdrop, the memoir is tinged with the tragic darkness that inevitably shadowed the Kennedy clan, with death and danger forever lurking just beyond camera range. Jackie Kennedy Onassis floats through the narrative as an enchanting presence who is appealing in her wisdom and bounty. This is a beautiful and, in the end, unutterably sad book about fleeting innocence, blighted hope, and the elusive nature of youthful love.
–Ron Chernow, author of Washington: A Life
We know how the story ends, of course. Girl loses boy. Boy loses everything. But in this finely-drawn, indelible portrait of a friendship and love affair, Christina Haag illuminates the private world of one of our nation's most legendary families. Come to the Edge should be read not only for its fascinating insider's view, but because it's a brave, human, beautiful, wrenching memoir.
–Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
–Fernanda Eberstadt, author of Rat and Little Money Street