Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #1
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.
Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .
A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.
What a ride. I felt a bit manic while reading You, and had a hard time removing myself from the story when I wasn’t reading it. I became obsessed with Joe and his obsession. This book is seriously fantastic!
I hate saying stuff like this, but I really hope people “get it.” It is brilliantly effed up, and I was absolutely giddy about the insanity of it all.
This is not a romance, yet it is. But it’s not. I know, that’s confusing. Joe is a stalker, and he is in love with Beck. He will do anything to make her fall in love with him. He knows what’s best for her and will protect her from not only other people, but herself, as well. Everything he does is for Beck.
Joe is an absolutely wonderful anti-hero. His voice is intoxicating, and the way the author wrote his narration is very clever. I love him! But listen, there’s a difference between loving the character itself, and loving what the author has created. You can love a character who is a bad person, because the author did such an exceptional job. So when I say I love Joe, I love what a phenomenal job the author did with him.
You start out thinking Joe is such a creep, but then start getting sucked in by him. It gets to where you’re rooting for him, not wanting him to get caught in certain situations, but then step back and think “wait, why am I rooting for him?” You start sympathizing, then BAM you’re reminded how dangerous and messed up he is.
What’s also so great is, while we are in Joe’s head and know what he’s really thinking and doing, we see how he comes off as so normal to other people. He’s delusional, yet some things he’s intuitive and actually spot-on about. I found him and his train of thought absolutely fascinating, addictive and humorous.
The twisted, dark humor in You is perfect! The irony of some of the situations he found himself in are hilarious. I can’t even tell you how much I love this aspect of the book.
There is so much about You that I love, that it has made it to my list of all-time favorites. It’s one of those books that I want everyone to read and experience its brilliance. At the same time, I feel protective over it. I just hope readers can appreciate what the author did here.