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.
I have so many thoughts right now.. How am I going to break it down and even write about it? “You” gripped me.. To the point where I wasn’t even bored when not a lot was happening, plot-wise. Told in second point of view, it wasn’t too hard to get adjust to this style of writing because you get used to it.
Here you are reading along and you get it, but you’re also horrified as his thoughts turn on a dime. How he constantly casts blame on others and never himself. How you can see his thought process when she does so many wrong things and toys with him like a cat plays with a mouse. How obsessive and compelling he can be to be this “perfect” boyfriend when we know he’s not. Beck is also one damaged character. You understand why Joe wants to fix her but he’s obviously doing it in a way that crosses moral lines. I found her to be thoroughly unlikable but at the same time I pitied her. She uses her sexuality to the nth degree to get everything handed to her. And why so many people want her in this book is beyond my capability to understand. She’s not the sharpest cookie either considering she has no passwords or even security for her house and electronics. Did I mention that Ethan was the only sane and likeable character I liked? Benji, Peach and even Nick were as damaged as Beck herself. Deeply flawed characters are the most interesting to read and I kid you not, this book has its fair share.
How did Caroline Kepnes fully understand how to get into a male stalker’s brain? Because I kid you not it was like reading his thoughts, it was like he was real. I was disturbed most of the time but like everyone else I couldn’t put it down. The writing just works for this story and it’s written with so many run-on sentences that it ends up being creative and memorable. I’m guessing she had to do a ton of research on how obsessed stalkers think and she did it well. The only thing I had to say about the plot was that it was fairly predictable. You could see it happening and I wanted more of a twist instead.
Highly addicting and deeply disturbing, obsessive love at its finest..the story of Joe Goldberg will keep you reading well into the night. Now I have get my hands on the sequel!