Book Review | I Just Want You to Know
Author: Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin, love her or hate her, definitely is interesting. What she has to offer, in I Just Want You to Know, turns out to be a fun read. It’s short, to the point, and unpretentious (contrary to popular assumptions).
I don’t know about you, but I am curious about the logistics of navigating daily life with eight children. I mean, I’m thinking about the simple (not so simple for the Gosselins, obviously) tasks of feeding and diapering and bath time; these can be unpleasant scenarios (to say the least) for someone dealing with a large number of children at once.
Luckily, as Gosselin points out more than once, her children are well-behaved, so it makes her endeavors slightly more manageable. I was fascinated, reading how they locked down the routine to get their family to church — 50 miles away, or to the zoo — in the rain, or to Hershey Park. It not only gives you an inside peek into the challenges the family really faced, but also raises the issues of patience, acceptance, and fairness. The reality of her situation is not lost on Gosselin, who knows that life in a family of 8 children is a huge sacrifice, because they never truly experience life as a “normal” child, so she puts a lot of energy into said “normalcy,” for her family’s sake. What that means is a lot of work and a lot of creativity in trying to manage how eight children can attend a parade or eat a picnic lunch, etc.
It’s quite remarkable, though, to read about how the Gosselins struggled (before their show became a hit) and how their needs were — miraculously, at times, it seemed — provided for. One woman in Ohio started a shoe club and she and her church friends would send shoes for each of the kids. Or one woman from Georgia would send wrapped Christmas presents for all the kids…and it goes on and on. I was touched by Kate’s personal, heartfelt letter to each of her kids about their birth, their personalities, and their place in the Gosselin family. Very sweet and sentimental!
You might be surprised by I Just Want You To Know. It shows us another side of Gosselin, a private and often vulnerable side, which is not her “thing“…but she does so quite well.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*