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'I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious.' Lena Dunham
'There are resonances of The Collector by John Fowles, and Stephen King's Misery... There are hints of Gone Girl, but the story is both original and compelling. If you only read one new thriller this year, make it this one. It will stay with you long after you have put it down.' Daily Mail
'A fantastically creepy thriller... The kind of book you put your life on hold for.' Glamour
'YOU is the story of a man's obsession with a student unlucky enough to turn up in his bookstore. The twist? You'll end up (almost) siding with the stalker... Clever and chilling.' Elle
'A brilliant tale of obsessive love that centres on Joe, the stalker, and Beck, the victim of his infatuation. It's Gone Girl meets a sinister version of Girls.' Marie Claire
'An addictive thriller!' Closer
'If you liked Gone Girl's portrayal of a marriage in decline, the demented love story at the heart of YOU will have you gripped... YOU is the love-hate child of Patricia Highsmith and Bret Easton Ellis. Goldberg draws Beck into his web, only to discover she has a web of her own; there is sex, violence and deception aplenty, with a liberal application of American Psycho-esque pop culture. But the rotten heart of Kepnes' novel is Goldberg himself, a perversely charismatic Tom Ripley for the social media age. This book will give you Stockholm syndrome.' -- Harper's Bazaar
'Chilling...[Kepnes's] will have readers looking over their shoulders.' Publisher's Weekly
'A deeply dark yet mesmerizing first novel of two people caught in a romantic tangle with an ever-tightening knot.' Booklist
'Is Caroline Kepnes' YOU the next GONE GIRL? It'll take you inside a psychopath's head... and might even make you like him. A mad and macabre love story.' TimeOut Australia
'All-consuming a book that will not release its hold on you, even when you are not actively reading it.' BoloBooks.com
'You...had the page-turning quality of classic (Stephen) King at his peak.' -- The Devil's Advocate
'Could be the next GONE GIRL...a perverse suspense romance about obsession, sex, and secrets.' -- PopSugar.com
From the Author
When Caroline Kepnes worked at a bookstore in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she had to keep handwritten track of all books purchased in a notebook. This led to awkward silences with some customers, great banter with others. While working at this shop, Caroline read Lolita. Several years later, she is the author of You, a novel about an obsessive bookseller. Caroline is currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, California and Cape Cod while she writes Love, the sequel to You. Caroline has written about television and boy bands (Hi, Westlife) for Entertainment Weekly and Tiger Beat, among other outlets. And she has scripted episodes of 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. If you Google her, you will find that she has written many short stories as well. She avoids needles and freeways whenever possible.See all Product description
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Joe works in a bookshop and when Guinevere (is there a better name for a damsel-going-to-be-in-distress?) walks in and his world spins on its axis. He sets out to be a loving boyfriend for her. The chess moves that take place in order to make Joe's desires come true are fascinating as he oscillates between being there for Guinevere and being unavailable to her to strengthen her attraction to him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, Kepnes is a very skillful writer and nothing in this book came off as incongruous or hokey. Looking forward to reading more of her work.
The characters are all unlikable, they're all pretentious and sadistic/masochistic, etc. Beck was the worst. She was a complete attention-ho, a miserable, slobby cow and how anyone found her attractive is beyond me. Her personality made her ugly, her mood swings made me to loathe her. She was actually quite psychotic, come to think of it. Joe wasn't much better. He wasn't quite right in the head, extremely obsessive and full of himself. I loathed them both; they were just as bad as each other.
Joe’s literary pretentiousness is embarrassingly banal, and his self-indulgent narrative soon becomes boring,
The whole way through this book, it incredibly repetitive which is something I really don't like in a book; it truly gave me a headache.
What I did like?
Well, let's see. I liked the WAY it was written, it eventually became quite gripping to read though still headache inducing. I liked the use of the word 'everythingship'. Honestly, it's a great word and these characters were definitely made for each other; they're obsessive personalities are a true tinder match.
I also liked the suspense, though sometimes it was dragged out a little too long. I actually loved the references to different books and movie, though most I've never read myself, I found I enjoyed that.
The author's writing style is quite exceptional and her imagination is pretty wild. She wrote the unthinkable yet the believable.
But, overall, this was nothing to rave about. The series? AMAZING. I'm really glad I watched the series first. I liked that they changed a lot of it and omitted A LOT of things out.
Good, but not great. Okay, but not amazing. I wouldn't recommend reading the book.
Joe - is it wrong that I loved him at times? That I felt like he was almost right at times? He was funny and the way his thought process was written was addictive. You almost judged Beck for not wanting him more.
It shows just how messy life is and how luck and small changes can set things up so differently.
In a very strange kind of way I wanted Joe to be happy and I wanted him to truly find love. Beck wasn’t a good person but then you’re only ever seeing her from his perspective and his perspective on people change as to what suits his narrative.
Absolutely smashing story and so creatively written. I might have a new favourite author!
Telling the story from this point of view, for me, was unusual and something I've never come across before. Although I felt it had a slow start and I didn't find it the easiest book to read, this made it an intriguing and interesting story which in the end kept me turning the pages. And, if I'm completely honest, I didn't expect it to end the way it did. I'll certainly be reading more by this author.
That said, Joe is just a psycho that needs help. Shame he is still let lose in the world, available to destroy another persons life!