Series: You #1
Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Date Read: December 25, 2015
From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.Do you know that feeling when you finally get around to read that one book that all of your friends seem to love? You know..that book that you have been saving for a special occasion because you know that you are going to love it just as much as everyone else seems to? Then you read that book and cannot figure out what all the fuss was about. That pretty much sums up my relationship with this book. I didn't hate it but I definitely didn't love it either. My four star rating is an extremely generous rating but I decided to bump this book up just for its originality.
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.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.
I loved the idea of this book. A book about a stalker sounds pretty good right off the bat but the fact that the book is told from the stalker's point of view really took everything up a notch. I thought that I would really like being in Joe's head but once I was there, I found out that he rambles....a lot. Joe's rambling inner dialog is really what kept this book from being great for me. I was really ready for him to do some horrible things just so he would stop with the rambling.
There were a lot of things that I really liked about the book and looking back at it I do remember a lot of amazing moments. My issue with the book was that I found it very easy to put down. It seemed to take forever for this book to get to the good stuff and I am just impatient I guess. I didn't like any of the characters in this book. I went in thinking that I would love Joe but I really didn't. All of the other characters in this book annoyed me.
I did like this book and plan to read the next book in the series very soon. I may have went into this book with unrealistic expectations. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to spend some time in the head of a true psychopath.
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