Review: YOU by Caroline Kepnes

Review: YOU by Caroline Kepnes

you by caroline kepnes

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 façade. 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.

I’ve come to realize in the past couple years that I have a real “thing” for stories about creepy/crazy guys. The suspense of seeing what these nutjobs are going to do next is just.. edge of your seat, nail-biting and sometimes mindblowing when you see how far they’re willing to go.

You, is totally in that category for me, I can’t stop talking about it since I put it down and I couldn’t put it down once I had it in my hands. There was so much crazy about this book that it’s full on cray-cray, Crazy Eyes kind of crazy.

We meet Joe while he’s managing the bookstore and he meets Beck as he checks her out (literally and figuratively) in the check out of said store. It’s obvious from his thought process that he’s a few fries short of a happy meal. The more you read, the more you’re drawn into his web, wondering what in the world he’s going to do next.

We also get to see into Beck’s world. And at first you think that she’s a bit eccentric but probably normal, but the more I read the more I realized these two might just deserve each other in their rubber room.

One thing I really enjoyed is that there are a ton of literary references throughout the book because Joe of course loves books. He even gives Beck’s boyfriend a literature test, I won’t tell you how that goes…

This would be a perfect vacation read, totally unputdownable and great suspense! I highly recommend it!


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  1. Fun! I’ve had this one in my reading plans for a while but never seem to be able to make time for it. After such a great review maybe I can get to it this weekend!
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  2. Sounds fantastic!
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  3. Aakk! This sounds so tense. Crazy stalker boyfriends are sooooo awfully creepy. I probably wouldn’t go out searching for this book, but if I was staying at a guest house and they had it on the shelf….
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  4. This was my #1 top read of 2014, I loved this book!!! Like you, I couldn’t stop talking about it once I finished, heck, I still talk about it!! And I kinda, sorta have a crush on Joe, I can’t help it LOL so, little “fun fact” for you….. you may have heard that You has a sequel coming out in September, Love, but Showtime has also optioned You for a 2015/2016 series & they’re currently working with Caroline Kepnes on the script & casting. I’m just a tad excited Lol

    • Oh! I hadn’t heard that, omg that’d be an addicting show to watch! I didn’t know there was a sequel either – gonna keep my eyes peeled for that! Thanks for the heads up on both counts! 😀

  5. Wasn’t this creeptastic I cannot wait for book two. I listened on audio and loved it
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  6. Great review! I read this book only last month and loved it. It’s interesting to read from the point of view of the creep, it kinda takes creepyness to a whole new level for the reaader.

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