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“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King
“I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious.” —Lena Dunham
From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of the Year, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Step into the mind of a disturbed bookstore manager who develops a sick obsession with a flirtatious customer. Like Gone Girl, American writer Caroline Kepnes’ debut is an unsettling but entertaining psychological thriller that creeps under your skin. Joe Goldberg never went to college, but he knows more about literature than most of his more affluent and socially competent peers in New York City. When Joe encounters aspiring writer Guinevere Beck—a university graduate with party-girl habits and bad taste in men—he aims to conquer her affection through a deranged quest that takes many dark and unexpected twists.
Debut novelist Kepnes s seriously unsettling depiction of stalking nevertheless manages to invoke glimmers of sympathy for its perpetrator. Joe is working as a clerk at a bookstore on New York City s Lower East Side when M.F.A. writing student Guinevere Beck (known as Beck) saunters in. Joe knows immediately that they re meant to be together. What follows is a chronicle of Joe s psychotic preoccupation with Beck, told in Joe s relentless, alternately passionate and vitriolic narration and addressed to Beck as you. Astonishingly enough, his fixation materializes into a relationship of sorts. Joe, who is well-read but never attended college, has a chip on his shoulder about his education and class status and the assumptions people make about him. Beck, for her part, prefers to stir up dramas rather than seriously work on her writing. What s most chilling about this novel, besides its plausibility, is the way in which Kepnes makes the reader empathize with Joe during the journey into his troubled mind. Her book will have readers looking over their shoulders and examining their own motivations.
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Joe has a desperate need to be loved. It’s his number 1 motivator, he’s not truly happy unless he has a woman by his side that loves him. He kills anyone that’s gets in the way of that.
I feel as if technology would’ve been his downfall. 1 look at the location of his phone of his victim’s phone and the cops would knw they were in the same location. That their phones were in his apartment for periods of time when they were presumed to be missing. He had keepsakes stashed. Beck said “you knw” a lot. It was annoying and almost unbearable to read her dialogue because she asked that so much. The overuse of AND instead of commas. I understand that’s how Joe thought and no one thinks in perfectly grammatically correct English.
The book was good, I’m extremely surprised he didn’t get caught.
Loved the book, and then enjoyed the TV series after....although the book was much better and the show was very different. Great characters, that I both loved and hated at the same time!
You-Not as good as the series
If you’ve watched the first season of You and you’re thinking of reading the book, I urge you to reconsider. Find a book that is more worthy of your time. Although we know the main character Joe is a stalker and a sociopath, we still find ourselves watching, intent to discover what he will do next, just how far he will go to gain and keep the love and affection of the object of his obsession, Beck. Both Joe and Beck’s characters in the series have their share of flaws, but they still manage to portray many redeemable qualities which leaves us secretly wishing they could live happily ever after in spite of ourselves. This is where the book falls flat. There is no character development. Both Joe as well as Beck have no substance. They are truly just horrible people. Joe is apathetic and Beck is materialistic. In the end, you discover that you really don’t care whether they live happily ever after or if they even live at all.