Review// You by Caroline Kepnes


Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: Standalone
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Book Length: 424 pages 
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Review: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

My Review:

This was just as terrifying the second time around. Everything that happened to Beck and the people around her after meeting Joe was a nightmare, but no matter how psychotic Joe was, I remained addicted to the thrill of being inside his mind. The creepiest thing was that he was so twisted, scary, and manipulative, yet all the while appearing completely normal to everyone around him. I think that this story works because the reader almost wants to root for Joe. He stole things from Beck’s house and created a hidden shrine of her belongings, attacked people she loved, stalked her every move, and the list goes on, but despite all of that, you get so caught up in his mind games that you almost start to believe the victims of his deserved what they had coming.

I had been meaning to re-read this for a while now, and I’m so happy I finally got around to it. If there is any lesson to be taken away from this book, it’s to be very careful who you trust and the amount of things you expose about yourself online, because you never know who is watching you.

There’s nothing to worry about anymore. I’ve never felt so at peace with where I am, right now, on a train, tunneling toward my home, toward you. I take my time walking up the stairs and onto the street. I want life to move slowly because I want to anticipate you with all my heart, greet you with all my heart, fuck you with all my heart and miss you with all my heart. I have to laugh because I sound like a greeting card but I deserve this, you, joy.

If you’ve watched the Netlfix adaptation, I would love to hear your thoughts! 🙂 

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9 thoughts on “Review// You by Caroline Kepnes

  1. Haven’t finished the TV show, but it’s definitely twisted and fun to watch. I’m not a huge fan of the actress who plays the main character, her acting wasn’t amazing, but the story itself is so addictive! Great review 🙂

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  2. Great post!

    I read the book over the summer in anticipation of the TV Adaptation when it was still on the Lifetime Network. This book was by far the most twisted and insane thriller I ever read, but definitely the best thriller I ever read at the same time. I thought the tv show was perfectly adapted. The ending on the show was such a surprise because it wasn’t like the book at the very end. Although, it totally worked for the show still. Read the sequel after the 1st book and really good. Can wait for the new season!

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    • I first read the book 2 years ago and loved it, so I’m really happy my reread was just as satisfying! It’s my favourite thriller as well. That’s interesting about the ending being a surprise! I have only seen the first episode so far and I can already spot a few major differences. In a way it’s kind of better because hopefully continuing the show, I will be kept on my toes. I read the sequel too, and although I didn’t like it as much, I did enjoy it. Can’t wait to finish the show and compare! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  3. I started the show yesterday and honestly I’m so creeped out. Even moreso, because it’s such a realistic thing to happen to any of us!! In a world where our actions are determined by social media, it’s pretty apt and scary

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