Series You, book 1
Author Caroline Kepnes
Release Date September 30, 2014
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.
I picked this book up on a whim about a month and a half ago. It was on sale and the blurb sounded awesome. I read no reviews. I didn't pay attention to star ratings. I just one clicked and hopped it was $1.99 well spent. So, was it? Abso-freaking-lutely!
You is told from the second person narrative. This is something I don't see too terribly often and I'm perfectly okay with that seeing as how it doesn't work well a lot of the time. However, it's flawless here. I feel like the second person narrative adds a certain creep factor that you wouldn't get in first or third person. I loved it.
This book has flawed characters galore with little to no redeeming qualities about them. Some may find so many unlikeable characters off-putting, but I didn't. I think that's because we can so easily understand these characters. We understand their motivations and why they do what they do. So, yes. They are unlikeable, crazy, flawed, and totally screwed up. That's okay. It makes a really good story.
I found this book nearly impossible to put down and cursed my husband ever time he wanted to binge watch Sons of Anarchy (amazing show, by the way). I could have easily read it straight through if "real life" wasn't a thing. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the next book, Love, as soon as possible (expected publication date is September 8, 2015 according to Goodreads).
5 out of 5 stars