Review ~ You

Posted October 19, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 45 Comments

Review ~ YouYou by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on June 16th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.
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.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.


This book was creepy. Like makes you wonder about people in your life creepy. Not that I think a deranged stalker is in my life. But still gave me that anxious feeling.

We get to see our story through the eyes of Joe. You know average Joe, book shop worker, and crazy stalker. What fun! He has become obsessed with a patron of his shop, Beck. He googles her, follows her on social media, finds where she lives and inserts himself into her life. She doesn’t have a clue and just  thinks she met some guy whatever. Joe goes to great lengths to be with her.

I may sound like a creep myself saying this but I love getting to see the story unfold through Joe’s eyes. Seeing his thoughts and how he rationalized all the different things that he “has” to do to be with Beck was scary. Even scarier was that on some of things he said about people in general or observations about Beck I found myself agreeing with.  One thing I would have loved was more of his history and if that led him to be the way he is. We definitely get glimpses and I can draw some conclusions but I think a prequel type book would be really interesting.

Beck is such a weird character because we see her through Joe so who knows how much is distorted. Still, I found her very annoying. I mean I felt like Joe could stalk such a better person. Does that sound as weird as I think it does? I just mean she didn’t seem worth the trouble. Again, that doesn’t sound right!

This was truly a book with a ton of unlikeable characters. Clearly Joe isn’t someone I want to go have coffee with. Beck seems really superficial and narcissistic. Her friends are all pretty awful. Then some other characters get introduced and only Joe’s coworker at the end actually seems like a decent human being. Again some of the POV of this is distorted through Joe but we see emails and texts as well so I assume they aren’t filtered.

I did find it really interesting how technology was shown in how Joe was able to get into Beck’s life. Her cell phone, Facebook, Twitter and emails were all used in Joe’s obsession. He manipulated almost every situation with the knowledge he gained from it. That thought is super scary.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I think I was expecting more or something different with the ending but that doesn’t mean I was disappointed. I really became immersed in Joe’s life and obsession and it was both captivating and chilling. If you like creepy books or something from the POV of the disturbed this one will totally be for you.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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45 responses to “Review ~ You

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading this one! It sounds so different from anything I’ve read. Especially when I think about watching through the stalker’s eyes. And I’m always curious about books with unlikable characters! Like you said, the perspective on the technology sounds intriguing too. I think that it will be an eye-opener for me. Like most people, I don’t really think too much about what’s on social media, although I’m not the type of person to post about everything that’s going on in my life. But still! This is such a great review, it got me really excited to pick up You 🙂
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  2. I read this book earlier this year and I enjoyed it. Joe is very creepy! Oh my gosh! Though he isn’t a good person, I found myself sympathizing with him and getting excited when he gets excited about Beck, even cheering him on and I’d have to stop myself because what he’s doing is wrong. I kinda feel like the story manipulated me as Joe manipulates those he interacts with. I’d love to read a prequel as well and I’m looking forward to the next book, Hidden Bodies.
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  3. I’m excited to see such a high rating from you, Grace. This is one of those books I’ve had on my TBR for a while now and I really think I’m going to enjoy it myself. I love reading books from the criminal’s POV too, so I know this will be exciting. I’ve never read one entirely told through their POV though.
    Lovely review! 🙂
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  4. I actually DNF’d this one but I have heard and read high praises for it so I might have to try again. I don’t remember much about it though. I’m glad you got to somehow enjoy it 🙂
    I’M SO HAPPY YOU ARE BACK!!!! I’ve missed you! Yes, I noticed your absence. On Sunday, I kept visiting your blog for weekly rewind. I know you hadn’t posted for a week but I thought well she could be back on Sunday and you werent 🙁 But yay you are back!!!
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    • I liked it a lot but can totally see why people wouldn’t.
      Aww I am happy to be back!!! I wanted to get a post up on Sunday but I was so tired from vacation still on Saturday. i actually had this whole week set up before I left so I could ease back into it!

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