Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“You have standards and you are Guinevere, a love story waiting for the one, and I bet you capitalize The One when you dream of him. Of me.”
What a creep-tastic debut by Caroline Kepnes! When I saw my friend Megan at Reading Books Like a Boss feature You as her Waiting on Wednesday I was immediately intrigued. That cover! That synopsis! I’ve always had a thing for creep McCreepers so I knew I had to check it out. I wasn’t disappointed. Written in second person narrative, You, is disturbing, bizarre and utterly fascinating story of delusion, obsession and consequences.
“You didn’t walk in here for books, Beck. You didn’t have to say my name. You didn’t have to smile or listen or take me in. But you did. Your signature is on the receipt. This wasn’t a cash transaction and it wasn’t a coded debit. This was real. I press my thumb into the wet ink on your receipt and the ink of Guinevere Beck stains my skin.”
A seemingly innocent encounter that day at the bookstore between Joe and Beck is the beginning of a sick and twisted game of cat and mouse. Beck becomes the focus of all Joe’s attention. With the help of Facebook, Twitter, stolen cell phones and hacked email, Joe is able to orchestrate chance encounters with Beck and the people in her life. With the ability to mold himself into the kind of man that does and says all the right things, Joe is a chameleon. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is charming and witty, but under that facade is a dark and terrifying man that treats everyone around him like pawns on a chessboard. Cunning and intelligent, Joe is not a man that takes no for an answer or failure as an outcome. He is determined to get under Beck’s skin the way she has gotten under his. The depths Joe goes to in order to prove to Beck that they are in love is a perverse and depraved.
“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together and you smell good, pure. I like that.”
Trust me when I say that You is not a romantic story. If You is romantic then Taco Bell is really Mexican. Despite a misleading synopsis I was truly enthralled while reading. Sure, there were parts that had me suspending reality from time to time View Spoiler »Specifically how Joe was able to commit all the crimes that he did without ever really facing any consequences. He literally killed a whole bunch of people and never drew any attention his way. « Hide Spoiler but what the plot didn’t convey, the inner workings of Joe’s mind made up for. I honestly have no idea how to feel about him. He is crazy and scary and truly believes the things he spouts, but somehow my antipathy towards the Beck and the people he crosses, kind of lends itself in his favor. It wasn’t that I thought Beck deserved to be the object of Joe’s wicked intentions, because no one deserves that, but I found myself disliking her towards the end. I think had I felt empathetic towards the people in Joe’s life, You, would have been more chilling to read. Still, I read it practically in one sitting and contemplated it for a while after. I know am very aware of how an innocent tweet or Facebook post could fall into the wrong hands ::shudders:: Despite a few issues I had, You, is a very solid read and one that won’t fade from memory anytime soon.
Thank you Atria/Emily Bestler Books & Klout for the opportunity to read this book!