Review – You by Caroline Kepnes



by Caroline Kepnes

Summary: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Source: I purchased a hardcover.

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You was incredible. It was fast paced, twisted, and as horrifying as it was engrossing. I was hooked from the very first page. It was written from Joe’s point of view, a man working in a bookstore where he stumbled upon Beck. The narration was written in second person, which is pretty rare to come across, but it worked well. Joe meets you, a girl with the nickname Beck, and he was totally obsessed.

It started out like any other boy meets girl romantic story. He was intrigued by Beck and the way they were on the same page about fiction. He knew exactly what she would be like and figured he found his perfect match. In some ways, Joe was normal and he said things that I even agreed with. He was likeable. Quickly, the reader was introduced to Joe’s obsessive tendencies. He stalked Beck. He was a narcissist who judged everyone, fitting them into neat stereotypes without once questioning who he was and where he fit. He didn’t like how you, Beck, pushed him away.

Joe inserted himself into Beck’s life, but even as I type that, I realize that maybe I’m not conveying it right. The book wasn’t some Lifetime stalker story. It was so much more than that. It was written completely from Joe’s warped perspective as he justified everything he did and watched Beck and eventually formed a relationship with her, understanding her and the root of her behavior. We got to see his flaws and we got to see him see her flaws. It was such an incredible story and the perspective made it so much more engrossing.

“It’s gonna be hard to break you, this hungry public part of you that wants to be noticed and observed. You need an escort, Beck, especially if you want to dress like a fucking whore.”

“The assholes are always puzzled when the order of the universe is restored, when they are held accountable for their cowardly, pretentious, loveless ways.”  

I absolutely loved You. It was super messed up, interesting, and I honestly didn’t know how it would all end. I loved seeing Joe’s point of view and I loved that it wasn’t a victim’s heart wrenching tale of being watched. Sometimes, even though I knew Joe was a manipulative psychopath, I liked him. He had a point. Who DOES freak out over a balloon? And that guy WAS a pretentious douche. And it was awesome liking him because then he’d stalk the crap out of Beck and remind me that he was a crazy person.

I definitely recommend You if you’re into thrillers and screwed up narrations. It was such an addictive roller coaster ride. I wouldn’t have been surprised to find a Stephen King or Gillian Flynn blurb on the cover, but I didn’t see any blurbs.




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