Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I Need to Tell You is a work of non-fiction in the memoir subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Cathryn Vogeley. The book chronicles the fifty-year-long aftermath of the decision by the author to give her baby up for adoption. A decision made after getting pregnant whilst unwed and eighteen years old, the emotional toll of the choice spends decades influencing Cathryn’s life. As her grief for her lost child builds, Cathryn’s life becomes a mission to find the peace within herself that can only come from reflection upon her life and self-forgiveness for the decisions she has made.
This was a beautiful and heartbreaking memoir that creates an incredible emotional impact on the reader thanks in no small part to the author's willingness to be open and vulnerable with the subject under discussion. Author Cathryn Vogeley’s willingness to hold nothing back whilst discussing one of the most emotionally painful incidents of life as well as the decades of consequences that followed is incredibly brave, and her gift for prose translates those experiences into a stunning read. The descriptive writing comes alive when discussing the numerous ways that negative thoughts about her value seeped into every nook and cranny of the author’s life. I could almost feel the isolation and pressure building with each sentence. Overall, I Need to Tell You is the starting point for an important discussion of the decisions we make in our youth that have the power to reverberate throughout our lives, and I hope that when people read it they feel their understanding of the world expand as I did.