A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Love hurts... 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 facade. 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"--
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2014
ISBN: 9781476785592
Branch Call Number: KEPNES C
Kepnes, C
Characteristics: 424 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 26, 2017

I think it's a very sad and sick story.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 25, 2017

When you think you’re perfect for each other, maybe - just maybe - one or both of you has something to hide. Are Joe and Beck a perfect match? Or something much … darker.

This book is like a devastating train wreck that you can't look away from. The author puts you inside the mind of the self-centered, obsessive, often perverted, main character, which made me so uncomfortable as a reader that I started skimming about half-way through the book, reading in the same way that I peek through my fingers at a horror movie. Be prepared for lots of vulgarity and casual acts of murder. But you'll certainly be more kind to your librarian or bookstore clerk after reading this one.

Jul 28, 2017

Sorry to all the people who loved this book. I just couldn't even finish it. Run-on sentences, no paragraphs - it was too hard to follow.

The creepiness of the story also didn't appeal to me. I gave up, half-way through the book, read the few pages and decided it wasn't worth my time.

PimaLib_JB Apr 26, 2017

If you like psychological thrillers from the bad guy's POV (think Talented Mr. Ripley, Lolita, etc.), this is a can't-put-down modern update. And if you're into literary allusions, the extremely creepy narrator is even a snobby bookstore owner. As the other reviews mention, though, it's pretty dark and not for everyone -- lots of sexual and violent content.

Mar 28, 2017

Joe Goldberg is my hero!

Feb 17, 2017

I don't know what I was more entertained with- the awesome, in-depth cognitive workings of Joe's psychopathy or his inner dialogue and comments on annoying people haha! The chapter dedicated to his customers coming to buy copies of the new Stephen King book cracked me up! Would not recommend this title for those easily offended by language and sex.

Feb 06, 2017

It falls apart towards the end but for the better part of the book it works so well. The dark humour and the main characters traits suit the pacing, overall arc and darkness. I recommend this book to any reader who finds humour in dark situations, not American Psycho more John Hughes meets Stalker.

tcjohnson Jan 09, 2017

It may not be for everyone, but I thought it was wonderful. The first novel I've read from the perpetrator's perspective, which is refreshing and terrifying. GREAT read from beginning to end.

Nov 11, 2016

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When aspiring writer, Becks, walks into a small neighbourhood bookstore, she falls deeply and madly in love with Joe, the operator of the bookstore. She cannot stop thinking about him and hopes that he will get in touch with her right away; find some way to connect with her. After all, Joe is smart, handsome and witty. Joe is also a stalker.

This is how Joe imagined their meeting and it really doesn’t matter what Becks is thinking because Joe already has it in his mind that Becks will be his. And he will stop at nothing to have her…even if it means committing murder.

You, the psychological thriller by Caroline Kepnes, is, hands down, one of the most delicious books I have read this year. Addicting and ominous, this novel tells the explicit tale of one man’s obsession and how he does anything to obtain it. I found myself savouring each page; to the point that I actually made myself put the book down and read something else so I could enjoy it longer. That takes some serious restraint people! On the cover, a series of words are used to describe this read: “unsettling”, “compelling”, “hypnotic and scary”. I’d have to say I agree with each of them.

The novel opens with Becks walking into the bookstore where Joe works. She pays with her credit card and he googles her name from her card. Of course he does. After this, the story floats down a slippery slope as he accesses her social media accounts and then finds her address. I will not give any more details to how this story unfolds, because truly, it is something you have to read for yourself!

The story is completely narrated by Joe. This was fascinating; through his narration, we become intimately acquainted with the mind of a stalker. From his initial moments of googling her name to watching her most private moments (from the street outside her window), we watch as Joe progresses from interest to full-blown stalker. We get to watch his mindset and see how he is able to justify his actions and his behaviours based on a smile, a look or an adjustment of clothes. From the first page, I was completely sucked in- and to be honest- I found myself oddly connected to Joe. Even though I knew that this plot was supposed to be disturbing, Kepnes writing kept me drawn in and had me feeling sympathetic towards him. Only some pretty stellar writing can have a perfectly sane girl feeling sorry for a creepy, obsessive, manipulative psychopath and his plight. Sorry Joe, it’s nothing personal.

This novel, although sexually explicit, lacks all gore and typical horror tactics. What it does have is complete possibilities, and those, are more haunting. I loved that this novel was completely plausible. It very well could happen to anyone. You could smile at someone walking down the street, and the next thing you know, you could be potential prey. Someone could have access to your social media accounts and could be saving your pictures for their own perusal. Someone you completely trust could be living a completely double life. Now excuse me while I go search my fiancé’s room for locks of my hair…

I highly recommend this one. It was fantastic. An absolute must read in my opinion.

I cannot wait to read the second installment, Hidden Bodies, and hear more from Joe.

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Apr 14, 2017

“But the most important thing I know is that I want the possibility of you more than the reality of [her].”

Apr 14, 2017

“Talking to you is like traveling through time.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”

Apr 14, 2017

“I don't say anything. I know the power of silence. I remember my dad saying nothing and I remember his silences more vividly than I remember the things he said.”

Apr 14, 2017

“The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.”

Apr 14, 2017

“If we were teenagers, I could kiss you. But I’m on a platform behind a counter wearing a name tag and we’re too old to be young.”

Apr 14, 2017

“The problem with books is that they end.”


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cathyf3 Apr 12, 2016

This book was a little long but once you start reading you have to know the ending. It is creepy and shows how easy it is to be targeted by a sociopath.Important to be aware and know where your stuff is. Joe is running a book store and this seems to be where he acquires his ladies. When he gets with Beck, she is as messed up as he is, and this gets her into trouble. I think I disliked Beck more than Joe. Beck was a user of people and situations. She was a slob and very irresponsible. With her possessions and others emotions. The section where Joe is training so he can kill Peach was scary, but would you really buy the story of a suicide where the person puts rocks in her pockets.
Joe turns out to be a serial killer of love.
Read and see what you think It would make a good movie.


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