Format: Kindle; 432 pages.
Goodreads Summary: 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 facade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .
Thoughts: First off, I would not call this book “romantic.” You does not offer up a feeling of butterflies in your stomach and you will not swoon for the story’s protagonist. Those who call this book romantic might want to take another look at their view of the world. I’m sure many have already made this comparison, but this story comes from the likes of Stephen King and Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov’s famous novel Lolita. You by Caroline Kepnes is disturbing, and bone chilling. Why did I like it as much as I did? I’ll ask myself that question forever.
This novel is told from the Point of View of a f**ked up man who is obsessed with a young woman who enters his bookshop. His infatuation with her begins instantly and grows at an astonishingly fast pace. It isn’t long before he insists on being in a relationship with her. Using social media and following her movements Joe is able to learn everything about the woman he now loves.
“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together.”
What’s most frustrating about this book is that the reader is inside the head of a man who at times can closely resemble your favorite book boyfriend. You know, that fictional character who you wish would suddenly pop out of the book and profess their undying love for you. While I was reading I couldn’t help but notice how intelligent and charismatic our narrator was. At times he would do things that I really liked. The author has this amazing ability to make the reader sympathetic to a character we should absolutely hate. His thoughts are insane, downright creepy, and poetically alluring.
“If we were teenagers, I could kiss you. But I’m on a platform behind a counter wearing a name tag and we’re too old to be young.”
This book is meant for readers 18+ as it features sexual scenes and comments. You by Caroline Kepnes uses this stream of consciousness writing style to provide a look into a dark mind. It provides thrilling and unsettling commentary on the digital world and social media. This New Adult novel breaks the barriers of writing, and I am fascinated. A continuation of this story called Hidden Bodies is set to be released February of next year.