Review: You (You, #1) by Caroline Kepnes

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Synopsis: 

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.

My Review:

YOU

YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU! Ahhhh, I think, I have YOU out of my system. After a little over 12 hours of the word YOU being drilled into my head I feel somewhat possessed by the word. (Am I the only one who feels this way after reading/listening to this book?!) My God, now the sound of the word makes me feel exhausted (drained actually) and it’s only one syllable. YOU would understand if YOU read the book! I wonder how many times the word YOU was used in this book! It has to be record breaking!

YOU should know straight off the bat, that this is not a romance…Unless YOU consider some serious stalker-ish, psycho-ish, and insane-ish bullshit as romantic!

Joe Goldberg is the man (well he thinks he is)! He’s the narrator who’s telling the story and YOU is Guinvere Beck also known as just Beck. Joe works at a bookstore. One day, Beck goes to the bookstore, it was like insane love at first sight for Joe. Beck is beautiful, sexy, and educated and Joe, well he’s just well read!

In Joe’s mind Beck is everything he ever wanted and needed. Beck was the missing piece in his world. However, Beck doesn’t quite feel the same about Joe…and at this point the games of insane-ish obsession begins. We quickly find out that social media is not our friend, but they are the best friend of stalkers. (Ha, Most of us know this but not Beck!)

(Side Note: I’m now scared of bookstores with male employee who I believe could possibly be a Joe! Well Played, Caroline Kepnes, Amazon should Thank You!)

This book made me laugh…Joe is beyond crazy, he’s an obsessed insane sick asshole and that’s what made this book, so damn good! He knew she wasn’t that into him.  It’s funny because when someone isn’t that into YOU, they don’t care about YOU and Joe knew this because he would often mention she doesn’t even ask me how I am or try and get to know me. (Dude, she’s just not that into YOU! And YOU know it!) This dude was so exhausting, I was so freaking tired of him. I found myself saying “No Joe, DON’T DO IT!” way too many times. Who thinks of this sh*t?! No seriously?! Caroline Kepnes that’s who!

“Who can sleep with you in the world?”

This was a nice change of pace for me (definitely since it’s not my reality). I mainly, read HEAs,  which have dreamy swoon-worthy fictional men! Joe is the absolute polar opposite. He’s really a certifiable nightmare. It’s funny because the people that, I follow on Goodreads that have read this book are die-hard HEA fans and they gave this book high ratings! I believe that the high ratings are due to the fact, that this book was skillfully crafted. There were absolutely no dull moments. It was intense madness that kept on rolling and honestly, I think that’s how I got hooked! We also knew what we were getting ourselves into because the synopsis warned us.

Caroline Kepnes is a wonderful writer. This book was brilliantly written, even though she created a heinous psycho. Joe kept me  on  the edge of my seat guessing on what he could possibly do next to gain Beck’s trust and love.

If I  hear the word YOU it will only be too soon! Maybe, I will be able to handle the word “LOVE” better. Love is the next book in this series… Stay Tuned!

“The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don’t want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”

4-star

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