July 11, 2015 | by Casey | You
by Caroline Kepnes
(Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Series: You #1
Published by Atria Books on September 30th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
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.
After hearing about this book on several occasions and having quite a bit of our book club members recommend it, I knew it was time to move it up to the top of my TBR.
Told from the POV of a psychotic stalker who obsesses over a college student who happens to walk into the bookstore he works in- You will leave you gripping the edge of your seat and running to change all your social media passwords.
“The internet was designed with love in mind. It gave me so much of you . . .”
One look at “Beck” was all it took; Joe believes that she is the love of his life and reads every move as them having chemistry. She is manipulated into a relationship with Joe and never realizes that there is this whole other side to him that is infatuated with her in the most sick and twisted. Knepes has written such a vile and revolting character in Joe that readers are unable to walk away.
The writing in this book was so brilliantly done that at times I found myself siding- YES siding with this sociopath. He had a way of rationalizing all of his craziness that had me shaking my head yes and actually agreeing with his way of thinking- only to step back and say to myself WHOA! I really pulled for Joe, despite his creepiness and his craziness- I hoped that him and Beck would ride off into the sunset on a rainbow of HEA (happily ever after). Yeah definitely NOT happening. If you are looking for romance, this book is NOT for you.