2015 Atria/Emily Bestler Books
“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 yo 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.”
First- this book is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re into psycho addicting thrillers you’ll love it. But if you’re easily offended or squeamish you’re going to have issues.
Joe, the main character and who’s POV we read, is the twisted and disturbed psycho we all secretly fear may be out there stalking our own socials. And yes, even psycho maniacs like Joe, are searching for love. One day Beck stumbles into his place of work and he decides she’s the one.
From day one, Joe persues Beck without her knowledge, which turns into stalking. Even though Joe does some downright horrible things to win her affection, I couldn’t help but love Joe. He’s a charming and witty sociopath. (I know, I know!)
My favorite part about You was how easy it was to fall in love with Joe and how Kepnes’ writing is disturbing and allows you to tap into dark places within yourself that usually remain dormant. I really liked the comparisons between relationships and the perceptions each had. One person’s reality is another person’s fantasy. And Beck, she’s not so sane either!
My only issue is I feel like the “cage” wasn’t explained fully in the writing process. There’s definitely more to the back story than we know. It’s hard to fully grasp the sinister acts committed when we know (but don’t) the entire story.
I adore Gillian Flynn and Caroline Kepnes is the closest I’ve personally read that stacks up.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was wrapped perfectly for a sequel. I have heard some buzz about a possible Lifetime movie as well- and I’ll definitely be watching!