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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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Great, original writing
Original story set in a modern world when there is over sharing of your life on social media. Great writing and best villain I have read in a non classical literature book ever.
Waste of $ and time
I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. This is so badly written.
Turn back to fiction
Have been a long time non fiction reader but this book...this book has turned the tide! Bravo!