YOU - Caroline Kepnes | Review

12:22 PM
Pages: 422 Paperback
Publication date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  3 out of 5
Series: YOU #1

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.

Caroline Kepnes has written short stories and for Tiger Beat, Entertainment Weekly, E! and Yahoo. Kepnes has written for television shows including, 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  This being said, Kepnes is not new to writing for the public. 

YOU is Caroline Kepnes debut novel and the sequel is said to be released on February  23, 2016.

I don't remember hearing anything about YOU in 2014 until the middle of 2015. I'm not sure if this was only my experience in hearing about this novel or something other people experienced as well. I became really excited to read this from what I started to hear about this novel. I was and still hear about raves and so much hype about how amazing this book is but in my experience something about this story fell flat for me. Right from the beginning it felt like something was missing, a little unexciting right from the start. It didn't matter what actually happened in the story, if it was an intense or important scene in the novel, I just didn't feel the thrill nor the excitement. This can be pointed to the writing style of YOU. 

Other than the fact everything felt dull for me the plot of YOU was very interesting and the concept had potential to be very exciting and very suspenseful. There was only one sentence in this novel that had me cringing and I wish I highlighted or underlined it to show you but I didn't. 

Not all was bad, though. After the middle of this book and having the thought of DNF-ing it twice, the last 100 pages redeemed this novel for me. I felt the action that mattered and was the objective from the beginning was finally happening. If it wasn't for those last 100 pages, this would have been a 2 stars for me.

I will pick up the sequel, Hidden Bodies for obvious reasons. I want to know what Joe will do next. I'm in no rush though and I may not even buy the book. I might just wait for it to be at the library or borrow it from someone who does buy it.

Anyways, I'm on the fence about how I would recommend this to people. Obviously, I would lightly recommend this to readers of thriller and suspense novels but I would explain my set backs as I listed above.


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