Over the years I’ve been really fortunate to collaborate with various book publicists to review novels. One of the publicists I’ve had the pleasure of working with is Katie Schnack so when she wrote her own book, The Gap Decade, and asked if I’d like a copy, I was so excited to read it!
In The Gap Decade Katie writes about different events and times in her life that have brought her to where she is now and the lessons she learned through them. I really could connect with her stories about this time period when we’re supposed to be “adults” but don’t really feel like we are at times or feel like we know what we’re doing. When we’re kids we think that adults should have everything all figured out and then when you become an adult you realize no one has everything all figured out and half the time we’re figuring things out as they come.
I really enjoyed learning more about Katie through her stories – from meeting her husband when she was just a kid to living in all different cities and states and the adjustments she had to make each time she found herself somewhere new. I also really liked her openness about mental health and struggles she’s had over the years and willingness to seek help. Katie shares a bit about her relationship with God throughout the book, which I wasn’t expecting, but didn’t take issue with at all. She does it in a way that isn’t like she is preaching, but just sharing what her beliefs are and how they have helped her navigate her life. What I really liked in terms of her incorporation of speaking about her relationship with God in the book is that she wasn’t writing about relying solely on God to “fix” things for her, but just that she trusted him to guide her and have her best interests at heart. Anyway, I don’t want it to seem like religion was a prominent feature in this book – it’s not – it’s just that it is a part of her life so she does mention it and how it played a role in different parts of her life that are highlighted in the book. Parts of the book were really funny as well and I found myself actually laughing out loud. I love that she was able to find humor in even some hard moments, which really made the book a joy to read overall.
Thank you Katie for the book and I can’t wait for your next one!
*This book was sent to me complimentary, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*