You by Caroline Kepnes {Beth’s Review}

Posted 20 April, 2016 by Beth / 1 Comment

You by Caroline Kepnes {Beth’s Review}You (You, #1) by Caroline Kepnes
five-stars
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

I will never forget about You.

Thoughts on You

What do you even say about this book? It’s creepy, it’s uncomfortable, and it’s so freaking amazing. I read this with a friend of mine and I couldn’t stop messaging her about this book the entire time that we were reading it. It’s like when you’re trying to watch a show on Netflix with someone but you get to a good episode so you “accidentally” watch a couple extra episodes without them. Sorry, Taylor!

The main character is a bookseller. I work at Barnes & Noble. I had a personal connection with the main character because of this and there were times where I wish I didn’t. He’s not an easy character to love. He’s the ultimate anti-hero. But that’s why he’s such a good character. It’s easy to hate him but he’s so sure that he’s never wrong that you almost like him.

The book is written in second person. So the whole time, the main character is talking to you. And let me tell you, there were times I really thought that he was talking to me. I would set the book down and have to tell myself that I am still Beth and I am not on Nantucket.

Beck is an interesting character as well. We only get to know her through Joe’s eyes which I felt was a great touch by the author. We are made to love her and hate her and miss her and sometimes be her.

Before you start reading this book, go out and buy the sequel- Hidden Bodies. You’ll want to start that one right after you set this one down. Trust me. I kicked myself in the butt for not buying it beforehand. Because the ending. That’s all I’m going to say.

This is a graphic book. It’s uncomfortable at times. The author does not hold anything back. I would say it’s 17 and over based on the content.

five-stars

Filed under: ESR: 10, Mystery, Review: Beth, Suspense,

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One Response to “You by Caroline Kepnes {Beth’s Review}”

  1. I’ve been on the fence for this novel ever since it came out. At first, everyone who reviewed it was highly positive about it, so I thought I should read it. Slowly, though, the negative reviews started to come up, and to me, they outweighed the positive ones. I decided I wouldn’t read it. But now I’ve read your review, and I’m back thinking about it.. Haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s been added to my wishlist..again..
    Anyway, great review!

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