BOOK REVIEW | YOU BY CAROLINE KEPNES (SPOILER FREE)

November 18, 2016


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. -Goodreads

Plot
You starts off with Beck meeting Joe for the first time at the book store that he works at. You is entirely written in second person, so it's like Joe is talking to you, the reader. There's a lot of different imagery and multiple references to other pieces of art, such as music and literature. Kepnes opens the audience to a world where the story in told from the other side- the side of the psychopath, murder.

Characters
Joe. Oh boy. As much as I would've loved to be afraid of Joe, I wasn't. Joe wasn't creepy enough for me. His character lacked a level of depth that would've helped me connect with him better. I felt as if we never fully knew the intentions behind his actions, even though we were in his head the entire book. I suppose that this could be for a reason the author had in mind, but I would've liked to know more about Joe's background. However, being inside his head and hearing his thoughts was completely disturbing. Reading some of the reasons he has as to why he's going to murder someone was just so absurd and makes me terrified that there's actual people in the world who think this way.

Beck. I don't think I've been so annoyed with a character in my entire experience of reading, and I've read A LOT of books. Beck-to put it lightly- is the most naive and senseless woman I've ever read about. She loves and continuously goes back to a boy who is obviously unfaithful to her and treating her like a toy. She believes the dumbest health issues that her best friend makes up. Maybe that's why Joe picked her. She's an easy target to fool. I wanted to pull my hair out so many times because of her. It was so hard to feel sympathy for her situation with Joe, but I couldn't help but only focus on how annoying she was.

Writing
The writing wasn't too bad. It was fairly easy to navigate and read, but there were times where I did feel like some of the vocabulary was a little dense.

This book is a mature read, mainly because of the heavy sexual content. If that bothers you, than I would probably refrain from reading this because it's very prevalent throughout the text.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you are reading this from the point of view of a psychopath. There is A LOT of disturbing scenes, and how detailed Joe is can unsettle you.

Overall Thoughts
After thinking about it, this book was not all bad. There were some parts about it that I didn't love. One of them being the lack of density in some of Joe's actions. I feel as if the author didn't give enough imagery and detail about the certain "tasks" that Joe was executing. I felt that if she did, the book would've had a darker tone to it. But other than that, I found You to be enjoyable. I did get chills here and there, and the entire situation was troubling as a whole.

After reading You, I'm beginning to question almost everyone I come into contact. Could they possibly be like Joe? Lol, thanks Kepnes.

RATING: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS 

Have you read You? What are your thoughts on it?

Until next time,

xo kathlyn

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