REVIEW: THE GOOD SON, BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSEN

The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers another dramatic installment in the lives of the Kennedys—including new details about JFK Jr., his relationship with his mother, his many girlfriends, and the night of his tragic death.

Critically acclaimed author Christopher Andersen is a master of celebrity biographies—boasting sixteen bestsellers, among them These Few Precious Days, Mick, and William and Kate. Now, in his latest thrilling book, new and untold details of the life and death of JFK Jr. come to light, released in time for the fifteenth year marker of the tragic plane crash on July 16, 1999.

At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK Jr.’s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother’s post-Dallas suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs (as well as men); how Jackie felt about the women in her son’s life, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage; the senseless plane crash the took his life; the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and confusion; and much more. Offering new insights into the intense, tender, often stormy relationship between this iconic mother and son, The Good Son is a riveting, bittersweet biography for lovers of all things Kennedy.

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I have enjoyed a few of the books featuring Jack and Jackie, or even Jackie and her sister. In The Good Son, we are gifted with an intimate peek into her relationship with her two children, beginning in their early childhood, and we can see how strong and special John and Caroline turned out to be, primarily because of Jackie’s parenting skills. She was adamant that her children give to others and develop empathy. She placed a high priority on developing skills for leadership.

She spent quality time with them, while also exploring her own relationships with other adults. Her various lovers were revealed, and while some friends might have disapproved, Jackie knew what she needed in her friendships and how she didn’t want another controlling male (like Onassis). She also kept a wide berth from the other Kennedy children, since the mayhem that dominated Hickory Hill was not what she wanted for her kids.

The sad times continued throughout their lives, however, and the tragic death of John in a plane crash felt like one of Jackie’s premonitions, since she had deep fears about him flying small planes. His death came after hers, though, so perhaps she was spared that grief.

An enjoyable journey inside the Kennedy family, I give this one five stars.#2021ReadNonFic

10 thoughts on “REVIEW: THE GOOD SON, BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSEN

  1. JBKO is my all-time idol. Love her. Love reading about her. Wish this book had given me a greater sense of Carolyn, though. She’s still a mystery to me. I wonder if things had been easier between her and John if Jackie had been there for counsel.

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