Review: You by Caroline Kepnes
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 to her 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.
This book has left me with many residual feels. Honestly, what kind of f*cked up sorcery did I just read?! I cheer for Joe, then feel guilty for cheering. I hate the characters he hates and then feel additional guilt. Joe is the type of character who burrows under your skin and takes control. I wanted to stop reading because I was so appalled but at the same time there was no way in h*ll I was putting this book down. The first day I read it before bed and had horrid nightmares, the second day I convinced several friends on the commuter train to buy it, and the third day I binged until I finished the story. Only to find out that there is a second book…SAY WHAT?!
I don’t know how to feel, I feel conflicted, mostly because I logically know that Joe is 10 levels of cray-cray and I should hate him, but I have seen through his eyes now and I get it. I understand Joe. Also, another part of me strongly believes that Beck was straight up stupid and she deserves what a stalker for her flippant, self-absorbed attitude. But honestly, I am reeling in conflict-this book is something else…