Book Review for YOU by Caroline Kepnes
I have to be honest with all of you. I never knew who Caroline Kepnes was when I first got this book. There was a lot of buzz about it at the BEA this year and I thought it might be good to read. I am always up for a new author and their debut novel, but as any reader knows, sometimes they are good and sometimes not so much. This book...YOU...it is one of the best books that I have read this year. Now some of you may not agree with me and that is OK. However, in this humble bookaholic''s opinion, this books not only makes it on my Fall Must-Read List here on the blog, but also on my personal top 5 books of the year list.
The story is that of Joe and Beck. They meet at the bookstore where he works and so starts the obsession. Joe knows that Beck is the perfect girl for him and is convinced that they will be together. Throughout the book Joe does everything in his power to make that a reality. This is a story about passion and love, but also true obsession. There are faces that each of these characters put out into the world, but are they who they show everyone they are?
From page one of this book, I knew it was going to be something that gripped me. The voice of the narrator was intelligent, but it also made my spine tingle. There was something about his first thoughts that grabbed me and made me not want to put the book down. YOU is smart, thrilling, dark, and a little creepy at times. It truly captivated this reader. I know that this is a book that I will not soon forget. I cannot wait to read what comes next from Caroline. Her voice is original and her writing style captures modern society down to every hashtag. There are moments in this book that I had to laugh because she was so dead-on in her portrayal of some New Yorkers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is ready to delve into the mind of a stalker. What a read!
Highly Caffeinated Rating of… ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
About the Book:
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.
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.
About the Author: Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.
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