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KATE GOSSELIN: How She Fooled the World

2.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  339 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Kate Gosselin is a former reality television star and mother of eight beautiful children.

She's also a Child Abuser; Animal Abuser; Racist; Functioning Alcoholic; Liar; Manipulator and Multi-Millionaire Grifter.

Those are things that she doesn't want you to know. So much so that she hired the top entertainment law firm in the country to try to stop the publication of this bo
Kindle Edition, 628 pages
Published 2012
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Oct 03, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I give this book a 4 stars not because of the writing but because someone finally exposed Kate Gosselin for the vile money hungry soulless person she has become. There needs to be regulations put in place to protect kids against being exploited on "reality" tv.
It's too bad that Robert Hoffman had to self publish this book as there were times I found the information repetitive and the book could've been condensed. Now Discovery/TLC has sued Hoffman for exposing "trade secrets" except they really
Jul 23, 2014 Mechelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
So? One night I was waiting for a 2nd book in a series to get to me, so I was bored and decided to rent this via Kindle. At one point in time, I "loved" Jon and Kate Plus 8, so I was curious as to what would be said. Now I'm no Kate fan. Nor am I a Jon fan. I'm basically a: free the kids from both of their stupid motherfucking parents!fan. And I would not be shocked at all if it were 100% true that Kate barely spends time with her children, abuses them, and uses them as cash cows. Still? This au ...more
Katherine Coble
Aug 02, 2014 Katherine Coble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
It's hard to review this book. Essentially it's good information that is poorly presented. It reads very much like a series of blog posts written by a person not trained as a writer. This is unfortunate because I believe--thanks to TLC/Discovery's efforts to block it--the content is accurate.

It's a quick read, an engrossing read but above all else Hoffman's book is a downright _disturbing_ read.

I'm a Christian who grew up in the Evangelical culture. I watched with skepticism as the Gosselins p
Jul 17, 2014 Milisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed with this book.

It must be nice to be able to use twitter to write seemingly half of your book. Also to use examples repeatedly. And then there is the author's criticism of Kate's spelling when he needed to give the book a good line edit. I noticed, among other things, that the author misspelled Collin's names repeated (in the oh so convenient copy past of his own notes from his work with US Weekly) as well of that as Jon Gosselin.

Book is a disorganized mess.

Also book is not approp
Aug 30, 2014 Molly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't do it!!!

I don't normally write reviews, nor do I leave books unfinished. This is a first for both. Let me start by saying I am not a Kate or Jon fan. Long ago I did watch their show, I'm not sure why. The way she treated her kids and Jon then bugged me.
I had just finished a book and was looking for something new to read. This popped up on my Kindle as a free read and I though "why not"? Here is why not. The book is poorly written. It is all over the place, jumping from year to year and ba
Jul 19, 2014 Ronna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly poorly written. I think the book sheds light on some hypocritical aspects of Ms. Gosselin, and how the kids were affected by their fame, but it book is very difficult to read because of lack of basic writing conventions. It appears to have not have been edited; Mr. Hoffman seems to have just printed everything he had off his computer and mashed it together and called it a book. I think it is clear to everyone familiar with Ms. Gosselin that she likely has a narcissistic personality di ...more
Short Take: Kate Gosselin is a terrible person. So is Robert Hoffman. Both of them are also terrible writers.

I’m not much of a gambler. But I do love my Steelers. So when a friend suggested that they MIGHT lose to the Eagles, OF COURSE I said “I’ll bet you ANYTHING (except money cause I’m cheap) that they win!”

So the deal was, if Pittsburgh won, I would have to read and review a book I did NOT want to read, let alone review, and if Philly won, my friend would actually read a book. Congratulatio
Aug 19, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this is even close to being true , I feel so bad for these kids and with Kate's personality I could see how she could lose it and do these things. She seemed so controlling and bossy , not very sympathetic to her kids , husband or anyone for that matter- it's do as she said , her way or the highway , she does seem to have the me me me it's all about me mentality. Well written , sad sad so very sad. I remember watching the show and would think during some episodes why she felt the need to trea ...more
May 24, 2015 Lorgal rated it it was ok
The author and the publisher should be hung from their toes. If you enjoy lies, gossip, more lies, melodrama, more lies and poor writing, this might just be your book. I am certainly not a big fan of Kate Gosselin, but the lengths in which this writer went to get this POS book written and published astounds me. Don't waste your time reading this book. Seriously, who could condemn a single mother of eight for trying to plan and organize their life. That being said, I never enjoyed seeing her trea ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Dina rated it it was ok
Although I do think the author backed up some of his claims (well if you buy his claim to journals and diaries, so I should rephrase to he claims he can back up) and admit to his enlightening me to many things on the Gosselin drama, I think the truth is probably more somewhere in the middle. The author had an obvious prejudice and dislike of Kate, made excuses for Jon (even when admitting Jon had done wrong as well) and kind of came across as condescending (Please let me have spelt that right, a ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Who cares about Kate?

If the writer and all the literally hundreds of people are so sure there is child abuse going on, WHY HASN'T ANYONE CALLED CPS?

If this so-called abuse is truly harmful to the kids, then surely it's time to put in NUMEROUS REPORTS to Child Protective Services. Failing that, I have to think this is nothing more than a smear campaign.

I watched the show a few times, saw Kate but just wasn't my cuppa tea. I'm no big Kate fan but in this "expose" most of what I read are one perso
The author admits within the first few pages, that this is not a literary masterpiece and that's most definitely true.
It's a very repetitive read; there are many sections within the books that are reprinted over and over and over (ok, that's an overstatement, but the most I've read the same paragraph within the book, was about 4 times). This is probably only noticable if you finish the book within a couple of days and don't stretch it out. Without all those repetitive sections, the book would p
Marianne Jay
Sep 17, 2014 Marianne Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: have
In the beginning of this book, the author states that his book had flaws. That being said, no one should have expected a great literary read.

That being said, I really liked the premise of this book. I have stated for a very long time that reality tv truly bothered me. Let's talk about Dance Mom's. Why can't someone become a Guardian ad Litem for those kids and take them away from the abusive half wit dance teacher and their equally half witted moms.

Why should irresponsible teen mom's get their o
Jul 15, 2014 Simply rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-reads
So he spends the beginning talking about how he isnt writing the book for Jon his friend but to help the kids.. yet he spends the entire book going over and over and over private emails, journals etc he "found" I am by no means a Kate fan but this book felt dirty and it wont help the kids later, it will only hurt them. Gross.
Joe Greene
Jun 22, 2015 Joe Greene rated it liked it
I'm very confused by this book. This author felt it was his duty to expose truth behind the Gosselin clan. However, he did it in such a way, I felt in need a shower afterward. It came off like a smear campaign, and I am on neither team between these parents.

Look, I think Kate is getting a taste of her own medicine without someone helping with a smear campaign. She is a single parent of 8 kids, desperately trying to stay relevant, she lost her husband in a humiliating way, has shown her true colo
Melissa Snow
Jul 15, 2014 Melissa Snow rated it really liked it
Shelves: dropbox
When Jon & Kate Plus 8 came out we kind of backed into it by accident. My daughter loved watching the show because she's around the same age as the younger kids. Of course, I ended up watching and I admit I got a little sucked in at first. Kate came across as being very much in control and organized. I found myself trying to figure out what I was doing wrong because I had three kids 6 years apart and here she had this whole brood and things were running on schedule. Not only was their ship f ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written, disorganised and depressing. Lots of repetition. I liked watching this show but was turned off by the way Kate behaved. So I agree with the author that she is narcissistic and nasty. But leave it at that, personally I will wait until the children grow up and tell their stories.
Ashley Osaki
Jan 20, 2016 Ashley Osaki rated it liked it
meh, it was free
Misty Rodems
Feb 24, 2015 Misty Rodems rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
horrible book, paparazzi wrote it

This was written by paparazzi who even admits to going through Kate's trash. I wasn't a fan of hers to begin with but I am now. Poor woman has an overwhelming life and shouldn't be judged for every parenting flaw, spanking, and personality conflicts. Don't waste your time. He claims the kids suffer horrible abuse....yet not one of the 100s of camera crew, helpers, and hired staff have ever mentioned it or filed a complaint. Is Kate always pleasant? Nope! I have
Jul 15, 2014 Melanie marked it as didn-t-couldn-t-won-t-finish  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure why I'm reading this...It's total trashy tv gossip expose stuff.
Courtney Benson
Sep 08, 2014 Courtney Benson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. It was free with Amazon Prime so I gave it a read. I wasn't a huge fan of Jon and Kate Plus 8, but I have seen many episodes. The material in the book is eye opening. The author spent two years of his life essentially stalking Kate Gosselin. He went through her trash, followed her to her daily trips to the UPS store, Planet Nails, and tanning. The shocker for me is the evidence supporting the claim that Kate Gosselin never had any fertility problems, in fact she purposely dosed ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to review. The author, Robert Hoffman, was a celeb magazine reporter assigned to the Gosselin family, so he has had quite a bit of access to them (especially Jon, who’s apparently a friend or at least acquaintance of his). The book is huge, at over 700 pages. It’s mostly not written in a narrative style, but more as a data dump: tons of Kate’s journal entries. Tons of tweets by Kate, grouped by topic. I found it interesting, since I’m fascinated by the whole Gosselin tal ...more
Danice Hamilton
It is a little long, and the language /tone is very much the author hates Kate Gosselin, but from my own personal opinions on watching the earliest season of kate and jon I never liked Kate much anyway, I was over the shows already having formed my own idea that Kate was manipulating and showing the kids on tv for money... so Ive quit watching any show with her in it. anyway, interesting read though if you like long books :D
Jul 05, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it
I give this book three stars. Had a lot of information it was hard to read..but not hard to believe. Kate didn't want this book published and went so far as to copy write her journal entires thus admitting them to be her true actual thoughts and actions. This book was self published and is obvious there isn't always a clear timeline and much information is repeated through out the book. However, it covers, links and refers to many things you can pull up and read/watch for yourself. Read it to fo ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok
Poorly written, repetitive, and frustratingly hypocritical. The author's own bias towards Jon showed through. This could have been a great look into the behind-the-scenes nonsense, but it ultimately wound up sounding more like some schmuck who had to work as a stalker to support his own family needed to shore himself up by hammering on and on about all of the things Kate does as a parent that he would never do.
Mar 30, 2015 Teena rated it really liked it
Anything that exposes Kate Gosselin as a shrew has done its job in my mind, so it's unclear to me why everyone is hung up on how this book was written. The author mentions early on that he did not have an editor because self-publishing is expensive. He wrote this book to expose someone who was very carefully guarded.

Anyone who has seen Kate Gosselin in action will know that she's a grifter and a sub-standard parent. The glaring lies, the truth spinning and the blatant contradictions are crystal
Judy Smith
This book deserves no star. This mean-spirited diatribe against Kate Gosselin is a continuation of a vendetta against Gosselin that the author and his wife began shortly after the sextuplets were born. While stalking her in person and on the internet for years, his close proximity to his subject does not given him the ability to put words in her mouth and thoughts in her head. There is absolutely nothing truthful about this book. He even lift rumors from hate blogs and presents them as fact. Col ...more
Hope Fleming
Feb 27, 2015 Hope Fleming rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not sure if I am going to finish this book. First of all this book seems to be written all in the personal opinion of the author. The "information" he reveals in the book is all circumstantial and filtered to his opinion. Pretty much he observed the family and found some old computer stuff with some of Kate's diaries, emails, etc. Then because of "fear" of lawsuit he paraphrased tons of the book and gets information from mysterious "sources'. We all get that Kate can be harsh and that ...more
Terri Lytle
Sep 06, 2014 Terri Lytle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let's do the math:

8 money making kids + 2 money hungry parents + 1 REEEEALLY bad writer (who probably didn't make that much money considering how sucky the book was) + kindle unlimited + bored on a Friday night = 1 Terri that wants to hulk-smash this book to death!!!

Seriously, I wasn't expecting the next great American expose novel...but c'mon!!! Copying and pasting tweet after tweet after tweet?! I could have done that! This was rubbish! Kate Gosselin May or may not be the devil, I get that.
Sep 14, 2014 Vickie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I believe some of this, but certainly not all of it. Just because the other SAYS he has Kate's diaries doesn't mean he actually has them. Everyone can lie, not just Kate! Also, if the children were being abused and people knew about it, they could make an anonymous call to the authorities and not worry about contracts and such. So, I just don't know if I can believe that she is truly abusing them. Robert says she wrote that she wanted to hurt her children, but we don't know for sure she ...more
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