Kick Kennedy

Kick Kennedy

The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter

Book - 2016
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"Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin." She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Kick swept into Britain's aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing--until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her. Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250071316
Branch Call Number: B Kennedy Leaming 2016
Characteristics: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 25, 2018

I found this book really well written and I do agree that the author could have included an introductory chapter on Kathleen’s childhoohe in England (in case readers knew nothing about her or the Kennedys ). Nonetheless, Leasing did an extraordinary amount of research to paint an accurate picture of the Second World War as it affected the people in Kathleen’s world. While it is true that all of the individuals described in the book were all from the British aristocracy, it was interesting to discover how an American girl managed to charm them with her bubbly personality, wit and sheer determination to marry Billy Hartington, the heir apparent of the Cavendish dynasty, and the love of her life. The book also describes how religion played a role in the unraveling of Kathleen’s relationship with her mother. I enjoyed reading about one of the lesser known daughters of Joseph P. Kennedy and sister of John F. Kennedy.

Mar 10, 2017

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't, unfortunately. The author literally just jumps right into Kathleen Kennedy's life in London, when she was in her teens, without bothering to lay the foundation of her childhood and early life. A ton of name-dropping with few attempts to explain who the people were.

I'm a huge fan of all things Kennedy in most cases, but in this case, definitely not.


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