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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)
About the Author
Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages and shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.” Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles. A ten-episode TV series based on You will premiere on Lifetime Network in 2018.
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Other readers have written better and more detailed reviews of this book than my own, and they've included plot specifics, which I haven't touched upon. They've also called the book "creepy" and I suppose it is. But when they say it is slanted for the young twenty-ish readers, I have to say that this grandmother (me) really LOVED this book. According to the top of my page, I "purchased this book on 11/17/2014," and here it is, two days later on the 19th and I'm writing a review, so I'd have say this is a fast and engrossing read. And the BEST news came at the end: There is a sequel called "LOVE" coming out next year, Fall 2015.
Joe is just a normal guy living a normal life in NY. He is the epitome of an "average Joe" , but with better looks ;)
He works at and bookstore and is obviously very well read. He never graduated from college so that apparently puts him behind his peers. But what he lacks in an education he makes up for in his inner dialogue. He is witty and smart and knows his way around just about anything. Including finagling his way into Beck's life, which isn't easy with all the outside sources (her friends and somewhat boyfriend).
The side characters were just as important as the main characters and the tone of the story is what kept me coming back for more. It's not crazy slash 'em 80's horror. It's a psychological thriller that makes you think. That makes you look at the inner part of everyone's thought process and what they do with their life. The difference is, that Joe thinks what he does is bettering the world. Almost like Dexter in some ways. He rids the world of people that dirty those around them.
But "reading" this book by audio was completely different than turning the pages. Santino Fontana just nailed his performance of Joe. The way he captured Joe as normal yet with a huge side of crazy was perfection. He was the guy you could count on and think nothing of it. He wasn't crazy, he wasn't psychotic. He was Just Joe. But Santino has a way of reading into each character and making you believe he IS Joe.
Fantastic job to him and to Ms Kepnes for making us believe that all is normal in NY. :) Can't wait for more!
I am giving this only four stars due to the ending, for I found it extremely predictable, which actually made me sad. I knew after Joe killed Benji that he was going to kill Beck, or at least the probability of him killing her was very high. I was hoping that she would be the victor, or be the one actually stalking HIM, or something to that accord. I also found it rather odd that he kept, literally, getting away with murder. It seemed very far-fetched to me that he didn't leave any clues behind, and all forensic evidence was lost. I also found it odd that he could still access Beck's emails and such through her phone that was never deactivated, for if you lose a phone you deactivate the lost phone and get another one. Even though I thought the ending was predictable and some of the story line was a bit unrealistic, it does open up the doors to the sequel, "Hidden Bodies," I was interested until the very end, and the ending didn't keep me from recommending it to friends and co-workers. I look forward to reading "Hidden Bodies" and to reading more about the adventures of Joe, the hot, lovable, articulate psychopath.