Author: Caroline Kepnes
Blurb: 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 . . .
This is my first Caroline Kepnes book and I was beyond excited to read it, it sounded so twisted and right up my street I love a bit of weird!
Most of the reviews I’ve seen have either loved it or hated it but I’m a little in the middle, and as such I’ve struggled to finalise this post since finishing the book. Although I didn’t love it, I still think about it now it’s one that sticks in your mind for a while after finishing for sure….
YOU is written entirely in second person, which I have to say is a first for me and it took me a while to get used to the style of writing. That said once I did being inside of Joes head was great in a strange but wonderful way!!
It all begins when Joe meets Beck, he works in a bookshop and she is a customer. That’s it, he becomes obsessed! He starts following her everywhere, he manages to find out where she lives and stares at her through her apartment window, she has no curtains and he revels in this fact and takes every opportunity to watch her. He slowly works his way into her life bags himself a date, at the end of which he steals her phone! From then on he can gain access to her messages and emails. With access to her phone he manages to get more information about her sort of boyfriend and takes it upon himself that he needs to be sorted as he is just using his sweet Beck for sex! As the book progresses Joe becomes certain that Beck is crazy for him and his behaviour becomes even stranger.The suspense of YOU is great and I was always left wondering how far Joe would go to win Beck over. Beck isn’t 100% sane in my opinion either, and has her own issues as does her best friend. Everyone in this book is just not normal, and it makes for interesting reading throughout! Its hard to write much more without giving anything else away.
I found YOU to be a disturbing and addictive read. One that I didn’t love, but you just might, go give it a whirl!
My Rating: 3.5*
…I’ve also just found out there is a sequel, more Joe! I don’t know if I’m ready.