The Blonde Bookworm: You by Caroline Kepnes - Review

You by Caroline Kepnes - Review

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Title: You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Pages: 422
Publisher: September 30th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

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.

Alright, I’ll be honest. I’m not really sure where to even start with this review. I’m still in a fit of shock over here on my couch. Normally, I tend to enjoy books where I can relate to the characters. Thank goodness that is NOT the case here. I am neither a murderer nor a sociopath.

Beck absolutely drives me mad. She is manipulative, has few true friends, and lives her life based on what I call the “pleasure principle”. She does whatever makes her feel good at that exact moment and does not really think or care about consequences. And Joe, my goodness Joe. I don’t know how he does all of the batsh*t crazy things he does and the reader (I don’t think its just me) can still feel bad for him and somewhat like him.

The story is fast paced and easy to get hooked into, especially because you literally have no clue what Joe will do next. I think the plot is twisted even more because you really have no idea what Beck is up to either. The only thing that really bothered me about this book is the fowl language and sexual content. I was reading this at the airport and was seriously hoping no one was reading it over my shoulder!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, but I think I need to read something a little more light-hearted before I dive into Hidden Bodies. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend with a small warning about the language and sexual content because I was not prepared for that!

Rating 4/5


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