This book was written by JFK Jr.'s longtime friend William Noonan. Unlike many biographies of JFK Jr. Noonan not only knew him as a young child, but grew up with him and was there for the most significant points in his life. This is a man who was a confidante of JFK Jr. and had an insider's view of what was going on in JFK Jr.'s life-beyond what was written in the tabloids.
Noonan explains his role in JFK Jr.'s life. They met though their fathers. Kennedy's dad was the former President and Noonan's dad, Tom, was a prominent Irish-American who served in the Kennedy administration. He was a director of the Small Business Administration and Bobby Kennedy's attorney general. Tom initially became friendly with the Kennedy family when he played football with RFK At Harvard. Later RFK would ask him to campaign for his brother. William Noonan says that becoming friends at a young age and that the friendship was rooted in the fact that their fathers were contemporaries, political allies, and friends.
The book covers from boyhood through to the end of JFK Jr.'s life. Noonan focuses on their college years and on an infamous birthday party of John's that landed the two boys in newspapers and magazines for their rowdy behavior. Noonan briefly discusses John's relationships with Madonna and Daryl Hannah saying that John was attracted to Hannah because of his white knight syndrome. Noonan also writes about the family's inner circle during the darkest day in JFK's adult years-the death of his mother Jackie.
Noonan describes his own life and how he met his wife and the birth of their two children. He mentions that as all their friends were settling down and getting married, John had no plans to do so-until he met Carolyn Bessette, a young woman from Connecticut who worked for Calvin Klein. Noonan and his wife liked Carolyn and immediately saw a spark between the couple. The Noonans were one of the few people to be invited to JFK Jr.'s top secret wedding. Noonan details the night before the wedding and how the newlyweds dealt with stress in their marriage. He confirms that Carolyn was using drugs, but he does not mention any of the reports of adultery or abuse that have been written about in the tabloid press.
Noonan details what he was going through as the heard news of the couple's airplane disappearing and then finding out about the crash. He takes you inside the funeral and then tells you how John's cousin, Anthony, was also dying at the time and the effect it had on him.
Noonan's book never crosses a line and becomes too tabloid-like or uncovers anything that the Kennedy family might want kept quiet. There are no startling revelations here or seedy undertones. He goes out of his way to present facts in almost a timeline rather than focus on the sensational. This is an excellent book with a great insight into the life of JFK Jr., but for those looking for gossip, they won't find it here.
This report prepared by Krysten Weller