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You: A Novel Paperback – June 16, 2015
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"Hypnotic and scary...never read anything quite like it." (Stephen King)
“My most favorite thriller." (Lena Dunham)
"YOU is superb. So funny, apart from anything else, and properly clever. It is: different, hot." (Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and The Other Woman's House)
"This is one of the most unsettling books I’ve read this year, but despite being thoroughly creeped out, I couldn’t put it down even for a second. It’s narrated by the villain, which makes for a rather unnerving read. I even found myself accidentally rooting for him as he was about to commit pretty heinous crimes. Whoops." (Bustle)
"An impending sense of dread hangs over Kepnes' cleverly claustrophobic debut, in which love takes on a whole new meaning...Kepnes keeps the reader guessing." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Intense and deeply disturbing, You is a dark story told in a fresh voice, and an addictive read from beginning to end. Being inside Joe Goldberg’s head was both a thrill and a nightmare, and yet I didn’t want to wake up. I look forward to more from the very talented Caroline Kepnes.” (Jennifer Hillier, author of THE BUTCHER)
“Chilling...[Kepnes' YOU] will have readers looking over their shoulders.” (Publisher's Weekly)
“A deeply dark yet mesmerizing first novel of two people caught in a romantic tangle with an ever-tightening knot.” (Booklist)
"Is Caroline Kepnes’ 'You' the next GONE GIRL? It'll take you inside a psychopath’s head... and might even make you like him. A mad and macabre love story." (TimeOut Australia)
"Could be the next GONE GIRL...a perverse suspense romance about obsession, sex, and secrets." (PopSugar.com)
“All-consuming – a book that will not release its hold on you, even when you are not actively reading it.” (BoloBooks.com)
“You…had the page-turning quality of classic (Stephen) King at his peak.” (The Devil's Advocate)
“Kepnes’debut novel is gripping in both substance and style.” (Closer Magazine)
“You is a deliciously terrifying stalker tale that grabbed hold of me on page one and kept me captivated right until the very end…Utterly unputdownable.” (Kathryn's Inbox)
“If you like twisted psychological horror with a liberal dose of hip and more than a dollop of perversion, this one’s for you!” (Pages Podcast)
“If you liked GONE GIRL’S portrayal of a marriage in decline, the demented love story at the heart of YOU will have you gripped….This book will give you Stockholm syndrome." (Harpers Bazaar (UK))
“You by Caroline Kepnes completely blew me away…It’s an exceptional thriller that is chillingly passionate, dangerous, and quite often left me speechless.” (The Book Ramblings)
"Both original and compelling. If you only read one new thriller this year, make it this one. It will stay with you long after you have put it down." (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail (UK))
"A brilliant tale of obsessive love...it's GONE GIRL meets a sinister version of GIRLS." (Marie Claire (UK))
"You think you know the story: girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a murderous stalker. US journalist Kepnes' debut is a fantastically creepy thriller...the kind of book you put your life on hold for." (Glamour)
"A page turner...clever and chilling." (Elle (UK))
"This book is dark, disturbing, twisted, erotic, psychotic...just try to put it down. Fans of...Gillian Flynn will love this book." (MomAdvice.com)
“You is the kind of book you will read whenever you have a spare moment. It is the book you will not be able to put down, and once you finish, you will want to start over again.” (Huffpost Books)
"I was immediately hooked—and read it in a matter of hours. Could. Not. Stop." (Buzzfeed, "37 Books with Plot Twists that Will Blow Your Mind")
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I'll be honest, I don't know how I can find the right words to express how much I adored Caroline Kepnes novel, "You" without giving spoilers. Then I thought. It does not matter. I'm not giving spoilers.
First, if you are a fan of dark, suspenseful, potboilers this is right up your alley.
Fortunately these days, books such as these are written by women and take a female protagonist to places that are not comfortable to the general public. Well, this bad boy is different. Kepnes speaks as the male voice and his decent into madness as he fantasizes about a customer at a bookstore he manages.
I just want to say how impressive this is and page turning even when you know how it is going to end. And that's the minor (not really) spoiler.
Here's the magic: did you ever pick up a book and just "know" from the first page how it was going to end? And YOU DIDN'T CARE because the journey is so compelling, so well written that you are pulled in from that very first page. Well, kids, that's the magic of "You" and the sheer talent of Caroline Kepnes. Do yourself a favor and grab this. You will not be sorry.
Special props and thanks to author Susan May for alerting me to Kepnes. I will be gobbling up her works as she continues to write. What a find
I continued to put it off until just yesterday when I received an early copy of Hidden Bodies on Netgalley which is the second book to this series. It officially releases next year. In order to gain the full effect of Hidden Bodies, I went and purchased You. I really did not expect to like it as much as I did and that is just based off other reviews. I was hooked!! I stayed up all night reading it and I was never bored.
The story revolves around a bookstore clerk named Joe and his obsession with a girl named Beck. I thought Caroline did a very good job of portraying a stalker. A lot of other stalker books I’ve read are obviously very made-up, but this one felt real. As someone who has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, I have studied countless cases of real-life stalkers that follow the same patterns as Joe. It’s obvious that Caroline did her research before writing this story.
He is completely delusional but he is able to portray himself as this very average, charming, intelligent man. On the inside, he sees things that aren’t really there. What may be just a friendly and polite smile, he considers to be something more resembling love. He over-analyzes everything in an unhealthy way. He collects mementos that no normal-functioning adult would do. In addition, he also believes there is an actual relationship when there really isn’t.
Right off the bat, I realized that this was going to be mostly a narrative story. This is read in his point of view, but there is more of his thoughts than there is dialogue between him and the other characters. Usually, I would find this to be a big turn-off, but he has a very interesting mind. I couldn’t find it in myself to set the book down.
Unlike other dark-themed books, he is not romanticized which I really enjoyed about the story. You’re in his head so you know that he is not a good person to be around. He is mentally unstable and aggressive at times. I applaud Caroline at being able to write such a convincing character.
There were a few events that seemed a bit out-there, but overall it was pretty realistic. I am going to sound odd, but I didn’t get the attraction to Beck. I think that Caroline set out to write Beck as a very flawed individual and she accomplished that. Beck is hard to like. She is an attention-seeker and manipulative and just not the type of person that I would associate with.
I get the feeling that Caroline did this on purpose to show just how irrational Joe is. It is extremely obvious that she is not a good person and that she tends to hurt the people around her, but he sees her as this perfect being. He consistently makes up excuses for her behavior and blames everyone else except her.
Bottom line: I can rave about this book for days. It was a fast-paced book even though the events occur over a span of approximately 26 weeks. I rated it 5 stars! I highly recommend it if you are into dark-themed books or thrillers.
I'm still confused as to what I liked about this book but I can't deny that I was hooked from the first page. Joe was such a twisted yet captivating character that I found myself needing to know what he was going to do next. The dynamic between Beck and Joe was really intriguing because even though we could see through Kepnes genius writing how that relationship came to be, I found that they really did fill a a space in each others lives.
If the sequel could just be out now, that would be great!
Ms. Kepnes tells a fascinating story from the POV of Joe--the stalker, the bad guy, the monster I'm supposed to hate. And he does do monstrous things, but the author also makes Joe human. He's charming, witty, lonely, smart, and well-read (because he's basically grown up in a bookstore). His rationalizations and judgments had me following along, grinning, nodding, even feeling compassion for him and his plight. And then I'd remind myself that I shouldn't feel that way, he's the bad guy, after all. I should want him to be caught, to be stopped, right? Right.
Ah, but that's what I love most about well-written fiction: the ability to experiment with all of the gray areas in life, the darker side, without anyone really getting hurt. It can be quite liberating and this book set me free in the mind of a stalker, made me feel what Joe felt, forced me to see the world through Joe's eyes. It's a world I'm happy to leave ... and a world I look forward to revisiting, later this year ...