Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Posted June 20, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 30th 2014
Series: You #1
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Pages: 422
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“Delving into Joe’s psyche was so interesting while completely disturbing.  I couldn’t look away, but I desperately wanted to.”
~ Under the Covers

Warning: This is NOT a love story, nor does it have a happy ending!

I’ve had this book (and the sequel) on my TBR for a long time.  I was scared to pick it up, though, because I didn’t want to start freaking out at the real possibility this could easily happen.  But I finally put my big girl panties on and took a dive in.  I wasn’t even 10% in and the hair on the back of my neck was standing up.  Yeah, spooked.

YOU is told from the POV of a stalker.  Joe Goldberg is not right in the head and you can tell that from the very beginning as his obsession with Guinevere Beck starts as soon as he spots her browsing the books at his bookstore in NYC.  A simple thing as her paying for her books with her credit card (and an open social media life) allows him to dig his way into her life.

I think what stand out about this book is how it’s written.  I haven’t quite read something like this before and that original take on a thriller is what kept me glued to the pages (or the audiobook more accurately).  Delving into Joe’s psyche was so interesting while completely disturbing.  I couldn’t look away, but I desperately wanted to.  His view of events was so skewed it was quite unbelievable to see.  And the deeper he got into his quest for having Beck, the creepier things got.  This wasn’t necessarily a scary book, but it has the creep level turned up to the max.  The way it’s written helps push that along, as this reads like Joe’s diary entries in his “Book of Beck”.

The ending was a bit predictable, even as I was hoping some twist would pop out of nowhere.  But now knowing there’s a second book, it makes sense why the author decided to go for that.  I’ll definitely be picking up the next one to see what will come of Joe.  Creeper extraordinaire.

If you’re looking for something completely different that will leave you a bit scared and questioning every stranger you run into out in the world, then YOU is the one you should pick up.  I think it’s perfect pool side reading material!

Favorite Quotes:

“The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.”

“If you knew what I went through to get into your home, that I messed up my back trying to know you, inside and out, you’d judge me for it.”

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About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. After graduating from Brown University, Caroline moved to New York where she covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly and Tiger Beat. She also worked as a staff writer on the first season of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Caroline’s second novel, Hidden Bodies, is the follow-up to her debut novel, You, which was optioned by Showtime. Caroline now lives in Los Angeles, where she writes fiction, drinks artificially sweetened caffeinated beverages, and avoids freeways.

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I just finished listening to this one, too, and I was so creeped out by it! I’ve been trying to write my review, and I just feel like I’m not adequately getting the ick factor across.

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Right? There is something so creepy about it. I was kind of disturbed about feeling bad for Joe at times!

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Thanks for the warning

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I think I will avoid. Doesn’t sound like my type of book.

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Katiria Rodriguez

Great review! I’ve been dying too get this book from the library for a long time now but I never had the time too check it out. But now after reading your review I hope too get it at the library soon, I absolutely love psychological thriller books and this one looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Thank you for your awesome post.

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Thanks for the great rec Francesca I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist!

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I read this a few months ago…and I congratulate you for being able to write a review! I tried and tried to get my feelings across but I … Couldn’t. But you managed, so congrats!! I’m so glad you loved it, too 🙂

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I have this on my audio list. I’m saving it for when I’m in the mood for something on the dark side.