You by Caroline Kepnes
Title: You: A Novel
Author: Caroline Kepnes
About the Book
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.
I wasn’t sure at first about reading You by Caroline Kepnes. It’s written in the second person narrative and I’ve never read a book written that way before. I’m so glad I threw aside my doubts because I loved every page of You! What an addictive read!
In You, we get an inside look at a full-blown stalker. At first, I was really creeped out by Joe, the stalker, but the really crazy thing was that by the end of the book, I was rooting for him. I asked myself many times how that happened. I’ll chalk it up to the author’s superior writing and storytelling abilities. She built characters that we got to know on the most intimate levels. It was fascinating being inside Joe’s head and seeing just how obsessive he was. He was a nut….but one with a few endearing qualities.
Let me give you a little taste of how obsessed Joe is. He begins by watching Beck outside her apartment. She leaves the curtains open at night so her apartment is wide open for viewing. I kept thinking to myself- shut the dang curtains! She is on display doing private things that no one needs to see. Joe sees it all. He gets to know her by watching her. He is able to get his hands on her phone and has access to all her accounts. He reads her sent messages and knows her every move.
Moving along, Joe and Beck end up dating and she has no idea that he has been stalking her for months. He comes across pretty normal in his interactions with people. I can see how they would be fooled. He is so focused on what he wants and if you get in his way, watch out.
I noticed lots of pop culture references throughout the book. They refer to Beck’s favourite movie, Pitch Perfect, a number of times. I haven’t seen the movie so I googled it to see what it was about. Now I want to watch so I can see why Beck loved it so much.
There is some sexual content in the book so if that bothers you then it might not be the book you want to read. I don’t mind it and I think it added to the story and wasn’t just gratuitous sex scenes for the sake of having them.
You is going to have a spot on my Recommended Books to Read in 2015. It kept me up late at night and I looked forward to hopping in bed to read and find out what was going to happen next. For me, that is a sign of a good book. I hope Caroline Kepnes comes out with more books because I really enjoyed her work!