You by Caroline Kepnes | You #1
Publication Date | September 30th, 2014
| Book Review |
You is a book that’s been on my radar for sometime, but it wasn’t until I saw the steamy sexy Lifetime trailer for the show that I felt an urgency to read it. This book…I have really mixed feelings about this book, and to top that off, I have mixed feelings about my mixed feelings. This book is told solely from Joe’s point of view, and let me tell you, the thoughts inside this man’s head are hysterical – it’s the one aspect of him that’s so easy to identify with. He thinks things a lot of us think but would never say out loud. Of course, Joe also thinks a lot of things most of us don’t, and therein lies the real story of You. I found it so easy to fall under Joe’s spell. He would think things, and in my head, I’d be nodding along. And then I’d put this book down to do something and think WTF? Was I really on board with Joe’s thoughts there? I was. I admit it. And it freaked me out. While I was in the moment, it was so easy to fall into Joe’s way of thinking! What I really liked about this book was that Beck, the woman Joe is stalking, is not some innocent, unaware woman. She is every bit as narcissistic as Joe is – she’s just not a stalker. These tendencies are, in my opinion, what make this book so interesting. Beck seems to love to play games, and often she’s playing them with Joe. And the way he rationalizes them is often times hilarious. The push and pull between them is what this book is all about. And yeah, Joe could go on some long rants when I just wanted him to move on, but I guess the message here is that he’s obsessed with everything!
There are, obviously, some dark parts to You, as it’s about a man completely obsessed with a woman. But like I mentioned, I was not expecting the humor, and I think that is what made this book so enjoyable for me. It also made me realize how much I love a male protagonist. As a predominantly romance reader, I don’t read a ton of books with a singular male POV, and between You, and the book I’m reading now, it’s working for me.
Now I will say that there was an incident in this book a bit more than halfway through that left me wondering where the heck the story could go from there. It got a bit incredible, but it was entertaining enough, so I was willing to let it go for that value alone. I also want to mention that I was OK while reading this book. The way I agreed with Joe was sometimes jarring when I realized it was happening, but the real ick factor came once I finished this book. When I knew I was done, I felt like I’d just spent all that time spying on someone myself. And…it kind of made me feel dirty. And yes, I know this is fiction, but to me, the after-effect is one more thing that makes this book so amazing.
Overall, I really enjoyed You, and if you like interesting characters and a good thriller, you should give this one a go!
| Audiobook Review |
The narrator for this book was fantastic! Santino Fontana had great intonation for the characters, and I felt like he was clear on Joe’s motivation. The best part of this audiobook was every time he said Beck’s friend Peach’s name. His voice dripped with absolute disdain, and that was so on brand for Joe! I’m thrilled to see that he also narrates the follow up, Hidden Bodies. I can’t imagine any one else giving voice to Joe. Santino Fontana is someone I’ll definitely look for more from!
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