- “You” by Caroline Kepnes
- Listened to the audiobook.
- 4/5 stars
- Finished January 29, 2018
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.
As you guys know by now, I’m a sucker for a book club. Kind of on a whim, looking for something that was set up in the more “traditional” way where we all read the same book at the same time, unlike the Postal Book Club model, but with a lack of local interest, our online book club based off of Discord was created. This was the first pick and boy howdy was I not ready for this.
I’d been meaning to read more mystery/thrillers because I love things with a good plot twist, and characters that aren’t likeable but this book took that to a whole new level. “You” follows Joe, who is stalking you, Gueneviere Beck, because he believes that we’re meant to be together. The book is told completely in second person and it’s a lot. If you have content that triggers you regarding basically sexual assault, stalking, murder, creepy men then don’t read this book. It will trigger you. It left me feeling super uncomfortable.
You may be wondering why I rated this book four stars and it’s because overall, I think this book was done very well. Telling a story in second person isn’t easy, and making one that is equally compelling is also not easy, however, Kepnes managed to do both. Although some parts were pretty predictable, I found myself wanting to know what was coming next. I also found myself disliking many of the same characters Joe didn’t like and had that awkward realization that I was siding with this deranged man. It made me really think about how much narrators shape how we feel about characters. A lot of this book freaked me out, but it did really force me to examine some things and did really keep me reading. It was a good first book club book, but man I also need a shower.
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